December 2010 - Chile weather
Background photo - Junipers in the gardens of Le Corbusier's celebrated "L'Unite" building, Marseille, France 2008
The recent snow made for some interesting scenes.
This Chile Pine (Araucaria araucana) in Cambuslang, a fairly bizarre species at any time of the year, looked especially magnificent with the drooping of its limbs and its elegant structure accentuated by the snow.
As the name suggests this species is a native of Chile, and was supposedly brought to Britain by scottish botanist Archibald Menzies in 1792. It is an ancient species which has possibly been around largely unchanged for tens of millions of years. Hopefully it has seen worse and will be OK after its scottish winter experience.