The Problem of the Glen   Inspired by Edwin Landseer's 'Monarch of the Glen', which is now part of the Scottish National Gallery, who describe it evasively as 'for many people it encapsulates the grandeur and majesty of Scotland’s highlands and wildlife'. A nice gloss but as a man of the Scottish woods, so much is missing. No mention of the bald majestic highland's habitat destruction and deforestation caused by an increase in deer numbers. Nothing of our bizarre fixation which drove those numbers to increase, the cult of the wealthy to shoot for 'sport' and stuff the obligatory dead horned head on a wall. This incredible yet totally passive animal (herds swollen to long term habitat destruction) is venerated as the 'prize' while the old wild gods such as wolf, bear, lynx and boar are now allowed on the land in place names only (positively the beaver has just had it's citizenship restored). ⁣ The red deer were a later wave of profitable killable lawnmowers, the first were the sheep which helped the clearances, both of these ungulates eat saplings which if left unchallenged for 250 years will stop any new trees from growing, therefore not allowing any old woodlands to regenerate. ⁣ Judge me by how many points my deadhead has (24), Landseer's had 12, making it a 'royal' stag by someone's account. ⁣ Thoughts such as these bubbled up regularly as part of the Rahoy Hills Reserve Residency, a rewilding nature reserve with far too many deer on it, however I think about these things whenever I drive to the remote isolated pockets of true highland majesty that still grow, where (for usually only a few square miles) one can be surrounded by the old forest, where some old wilderness can still be glimpsed, the one we almost destroyed completely.⁣
       
     
 Lone Ranger
       
     
 Flammarion Series: Alone becomes Together
       
     
 Stewards of the Undying Deer Cult series: Oak, Hazel and Rowan
       
     
 Big Beech
       
     
 Waking Degelia Cyanoloma
       
     
 Flammarion Series: Alone becomes Together II
       
     
 Green Words
       
     
 The Problem of the Glen   Inspired by Edwin Landseer's 'Monarch of the Glen', which is now part of the Scottish National Gallery, who describe it evasively as 'for many people it encapsulates the grandeur and majesty of Scotland’s highlands and wildlife'. A nice gloss but as a man of the Scottish woods, so much is missing. No mention of the bald majestic highland's habitat destruction and deforestation caused by an increase in deer numbers. Nothing of our bizarre fixation which drove those numbers to increase, the cult of the wealthy to shoot for 'sport' and stuff the obligatory dead horned head on a wall. This incredible yet totally passive animal (herds swollen to long term habitat destruction) is venerated as the 'prize' while the old wild gods such as wolf, bear, lynx and boar are now allowed on the land in place names only (positively the beaver has just had it's citizenship restored). ⁣ The red deer were a later wave of profitable killable lawnmowers, the first were the sheep which helped the clearances, both of these ungulates eat saplings which if left unchallenged for 250 years will stop any new trees from growing, therefore not allowing any old woodlands to regenerate. ⁣ Judge me by how many points my deadhead has (24), Landseer's had 12, making it a 'royal' stag by someone's account. ⁣ Thoughts such as these bubbled up regularly as part of the Rahoy Hills Reserve Residency, a rewilding nature reserve with far too many deer on it, however I think about these things whenever I drive to the remote isolated pockets of true highland majesty that still grow, where (for usually only a few square miles) one can be surrounded by the old forest, where some old wilderness can still be glimpsed, the one we almost destroyed completely.⁣
       
     

The Problem of the Glen

Inspired by Edwin Landseer's 'Monarch of the Glen', which is now part of the Scottish National Gallery, who describe it evasively as 'for many people it encapsulates the grandeur and majesty of Scotland’s highlands and wildlife'. A nice gloss but as a man of the Scottish woods, so much is missing. No mention of the bald majestic highland's habitat destruction and deforestation caused by an increase in deer numbers. Nothing of our bizarre fixation which drove those numbers to increase, the cult of the wealthy to shoot for 'sport' and stuff the obligatory dead horned head on a wall. This incredible yet totally passive animal (herds swollen to long term habitat destruction) is venerated as the 'prize' while the old wild gods such as wolf, bear, lynx and boar are now allowed on the land in place names only (positively the beaver has just had it's citizenship restored). ⁣
The red deer were a later wave of profitable killable lawnmowers, the first were the sheep which helped the clearances, both of these ungulates eat saplings which if left unchallenged for 250 years will stop any new trees from growing, therefore not allowing any old woodlands to regenerate. ⁣
Judge me by how many points my deadhead has (24), Landseer's had 12, making it a 'royal' stag by someone's account. ⁣
Thoughts such as these bubbled up regularly as part of the Rahoy Hills Reserve Residency, a rewilding nature reserve with far too many deer on it, however I think about these things whenever I drive to the remote isolated pockets of true highland majesty that still grow, where (for usually only a few square miles) one can be surrounded by the old forest, where some old wilderness can still be glimpsed, the one we almost destroyed completely.⁣

 Lone Ranger
       
     

Lone Ranger

 Flammarion Series: Alone becomes Together
       
     

Flammarion Series: Alone becomes Together

 Stewards of the Undying Deer Cult series: Oak, Hazel and Rowan
       
     

Stewards of the Undying Deer Cult series: Oak, Hazel and Rowan

 Big Beech
       
     

Big Beech

 Waking Degelia Cyanoloma
       
     

Waking Degelia Cyanoloma

 Flammarion Series: Alone becomes Together II
       
     

Flammarion Series: Alone becomes Together II

 Green Words
       
     

Green Words