Your pictures of Scotland: 25 January to 1 February

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image source, Elaine Sinclair
image captionMum Elaine Sinclair watched Dave and Tess sledging before the thaw at Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire. If you want to let us know what you think of this week's pictures, go to http://www.facebook.com/bbcscotlandnews
image source, Mhairi Irving
image captionThe thaw has begun in Laurencekirk. Mhairi Irving took this photo from an open bedroom window on Saturday morning.
image source, Martin and Mary Hennessy
image captionSunset over Lake of Menteith greeted Martin and Mary Hennessy when they arrived from Glasgow.
image source, Lynda and Ian Chisholm
image captionLynda and Ian Chishom thought these snowdrops were 'waiting for the right time to bloom' at Stewartfield Loch, East Kilbride.
image source, Louise Meikleham
image captionBrodie enjoyed his first birthday on 25 January. Mum Louise Meikleham, from Newport-on-Tay, noted that he shares it with the Bard.
image source, Kay Ranson
image captionKay Ranson came across this wind-battered tree while walking the dog near Kilmarnock.
image source, Stefan Muller
image captionDinner time for this otter in the River Dee at Peterculter near Aberdeen. Stefan Muller and his wife, from Cults, said: "He was not the least bit bothered by the handful of people that had gathered on the riverbank just a few feet away."
image source, Ken Nairn
image captionWellington Square on Tuesday afternoon. Ken Nairn, from Ayr, thought there was something apocalyptic about the sky.
image source, Greg Leighton
image captionWas this supposed to happen? Greg Leighton, from Helensburgh, caught brother Ross off-roading near Loch Lomond.
image source, Madeleine Kirk
image captionHeavy snow in Glentress. Madeleine Kirk said it made mountain biking "rather tricky but very beautiful".
image source, John Paul Peebles
image captionJohn Paul Peebles, from Glasgow, was in Fort William visiting family when he stopped at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge.
image source, Daniel Makinson
image captionKing's College, Aberdeen, was photographed by Daniel Makinson.
image source, Tony Ibbetson
image captionTony Ibbetson watched a Viking longboat go up in flames during Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, on the Shetland Isles, on Tuesday night.
image source, Kim Bennett
image captionThe inner tube of a tractor tyre was the mode of transport of choice when snow fell on Kingskettle. Photo by Kim Bennett from Cupar.
image source, Walter Baxter
image captionThe remains of a folly near Smailholm Mains farm in the Borders. Walter Baxter, from Galashiels, took the photo.

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