Imagine a patch of snow being so old and legendary that it even has its own name. Welcome to the Scottish Highlands where a patch of snow, known as "the Sphinx", has only disappeared six times in 300 years.
Unfortunately, the Sphinx's days are believed to be numbered. Iain Cameron, whose job it is to record the happenings of snow patches, reckons that the snow which sits at Garbh Choire Mor on Braeriach is going to disappear in just a few days.
The last time it melted was in 2006, and before that 2003, so 11 years isn't a bad innings. I'm sure the Sphinx will be back in the winter for its eighth period of residency though, so let's not mourn too much. [BBC]
Image: Iain Cameron