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watching Harry Potter and its scenery, oh… i miss Scotland terribly. land of my heart forever.

i can still remember the spot, on the freeway twenty minutes down from Inverness, when i realised i am allowed to smile and be happy.
i remember how it felt.

Scotland’s the only place where i’ve felt free, weightless, unburdened. the bad things have been neutral names at the back of my head, easy to lock away.
the air is so clear, even i can breathe well. the winds whipping my hair on top of a hill overlooking the moors, i feel like i could just jump into the air and fly!
my tired feet so joyfully pounding the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, skipping up castle stairs, my mind reeling from the sheer beauty and the very history in the air.
tears burning at my eyes and choking me as a bagpiper blasts out a melancholy ballad at Glencoe. such cruel beauty, everywhere.

Rannoch Moor my absolute favourite place visited ever. Isle of Skye would doubtlessly beat it, should i ever make it there.

the way my heart began to beat out a happily anticipating tattoo as we neared the Highlands, the flip my stomach somersaulted at the dip in the road… it’s the same as love feels like. and love it is, although not towards a person as usually.

Scotland makes me smile.
it’s where i feel at home.

it’s where i become I.


Heamadispa picta

…sometimes known as the “Tiger Leech” Heamadipsa picta is a species of terrestrial Haemadipsid leech that is native to Borneo, and other parts of Southeast Asia. Unlike other tropical leeches H. picta is typically found on high brush in moist forests, lying in wait for a mammal to pass so it can attach and feed.


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Images: ©Stepanka Nemcova and Geichhorn2000


Croatobranchus mestrovi

…a highly unusual species of troglobitic leech that is endemic to caves in Northern Velebit, Croatia. Little is known about C.mestorvi’s biology but it is know that is is highly adapted to its troglobitic lifestyle. Its body is very flat and has ten pairs of finger-like projections, which are probably gills. Its diet is unknown but individuals are known to cling to walls facing water streams, while twisting its body as if it was trying to capture something.


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Images: Northern Velebit National Park and Croation biospeleological society

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