Your pictures of Scotland: 13 - 20 December

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A selection of your pictures of Scotland sent in between 13 and 20 December. Send your photos to scotlandpictures@bbc.co.uk. Please ensure you adhere to the BBC's rules regarding photographs which can be found here.

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Image source, Donnie Nicolson
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Donnie Nicolson sends season's greetings from the top of Beinn Edra on Skye. We hope you saved some energy for Tuesday night!
Image source, June Woodward
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It's not every day you see the Northern Lights in Scotland. This shot taken by June Woodward in Bigton, Shetland. "We are lucky to live in an area with not much light pollution so I can view and photograph the Aurora from the relative comfort of the garden," she said.
Image source, Harshad Joshi
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Edinburgh's Christmas markets look magical in this picture from Harshad Joshi. He said he "saw the Star Flyer was making great helical patterns" as he strolled around the markets.
Image source, Iain Wood
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Not much snow so far this year but Iain Wood reminded us of when he took this "winter arch" with snow on the trees over a road near Strathaven, South Lanarkshire.
Image source, Emma Flack
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Emma Flack says her "daily visitor" always makes her smile. It wouldn't be winter without the robin.
Image source, John Kay
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The dramatic Buachaille Etive Mor, which John Kay captured while staying at Blackrock Cottage in Glencoe. You can see the cottage on the left in the foreground.
Image source, Jonathan Duckworth
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Here's Ullapool's famous Creel Christmas tree. Jonathan Duckworth said: "I was on a trip up to Ullapool and had to go and see the Christmas light trail."
Image source, Gavin Allan
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Gav Allan and his friend Robbie didn't just hike up Ben Vorlich (which is difficult enough on a clear day), they camped overnight. He said the winds were up to 70mph with heavy blizzards overnight but the clouds cleared for this shot.
Image source, Jim and Lynn Nangle
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Jim and Lynn Nangle sent us these handsome Shetland ponies, which they found on the island of Yell, Shetland. They said it was "a beautiful calm day."
Image source, Derek Robertson
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"First ski tour trip of the year to Loch Avon in the Cairngorms" for Derek Robertson.
Image source, Tanya Jeffrey
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Taken by the Rannoch railway station, on the West Highland Line, Tanya Jeffrey saw a stag and some deer while she was "admiring the wintery scenery."
Image source, Simon Bienkowski
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An irrepressible water feature that hasn't given up for winter yet. Simon Bienkowski sent us this from Dumbreck, near Glasgow, where he is the manager of Dumbreck Football Club. A half-time metaphor for the team perhaps?
Image source, Thelma Blewitt
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Staying with our winter theme, passing through Carrbridge in the Highlands, Thelma Blewitt said she "had to stop by the old packhorse bridge which looked stunning in the fresh snow." Worthy of the front of any Christmas card.
Image source, Joyce Grieves
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How many swans can you see here? Joyce said she had to stop counting, after 125. Joyce Grieves said it was a wet day in Chapelbank near Perth but "a brief few seconds of sun through the cloud gave me the chance of this capture."
Image source, Frank Urban
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Climbing near Ben Ledi, Callander, Frank Urban took this amazing shot. He said "visibility was very poor through most of the walk apart from two minutes when some sunlight broke through."
Image source, Samuel Huskisson
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Peering through the branches, 12-year-old Samuel Huskisson sent us this wintery shot.
Image source, Catriona McDougall
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The decorated pillars at the Dome on George Street, with some extra decoration from the runners in Catriona McDougall's social fitness class that meets in the very early morning on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
Image source, Patricia Dunn
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A calm pier in Culross, Fife, looking across the Forth towards Grangemouth. A lovely shot from Patricia Dunn.
Image source, Paul Haverstock
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Low cloud and an obscure sun, in this stunning view of Kilncadzow, looking over the valley towards Lanark. Taken by Paul Haverstock.
Image source, Jenny Jin
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Jenny Jin took this dramatic shot on Skye. She sent it in all the way from Australia.
Image source, Chris Gurney
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On a winter walk up Ben Nevis, Fort William, Chris Gurney saw this Snow Bunting sitting on top of the summit cairn. He said: "At the time I thought this must have made it the highest bird in the UK that wasn't flying."
Image source, Francis McCafferty
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A frosty morning in Alva, Clackmannanshire, sent in by Francis McCafferty.
Image source, Rebecca Hourston
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Another Christmas card contender, this time from Rebecca Hourston in Ballater, Royal Deeside, in the foothills of Lochnagar. Rebecca said the village looks a lot like a "a bubbling cauldron below the snowline."
Image source, Ushka Davies
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"We had quite a bit of snow late morning," said Ushka Davies, who sent us this this view from her house in Inverness looking south west towards the Monadhlaith Mountains.
Image source, Mark Reynolds
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Old friends hanging out in this colourful photo of some wet pigeons in a car park in Glasgow, taken by Mark Reynolds.
Image source, Susie Hamilton
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Here we are on the 14th green at Stirling Golf Club, which Susie Hamilton's husband took on his walk with the dog around Kings Park.
Image source, Jim Divine
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Suilven in Lochinver on a stormy afternoon, taken by Jim Divine.
Image source, Andrew Purvis
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Loch Lomond, from the summit of a wintry Ben Lomond at sunrise. Andrew Purvis said "It was worth the early start for a different perspective on the view from my local Munro"
Image source, Sharon Dalgoutte
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Another robin, because it really isn't winter without them. This one's from Sharon Dalgoutte, who said: "I caught this cheeky Robin in the first frost of the season at Eglington Country Park in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire."
Image source, Annette Walczynska
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To end our Christmas gallery, Annette Walczynska took this while she was decorating the tree with her grandson in Edinburgh.

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