Having enjoyed an interesting start to 2015 due to successive Atlantic lows bringing a series of storms across Skye it was great to once more see some spectacular contrast caused by breaks in the storm clouds over head. Here the sun is managing to get through to light the hills around Morar, as another squall of rain/snow is swept in.
The Rùm Cullin often disturb the air flow as the weather heads towards the Point of Sleat from the West. Both on tranquil and stormy days it can lead to some wonderful patterns of light. During the day these are normally highlighted on the waters of the Sound of Sleat but in the morning and evening it is often the pattern of the clouds themselves that catch the eye in the ever changing colours of the sky. The air rising and cooling over the mountains of Rùm create their own cap of cloud. It is this lower cloud devoid of colour that provides the contrast to the higher level stratus cloud reflecting the last of the evening sun.
Having posted the sunrise this morning, the free evening show did it’s best to match.
It’s not the worst way in the world to start the day. Cup of coffee made with beans roasted just down the road at Breakish by Skye’s own coffee roastery and a gentle dawn after a couple of days of strong winds. The Sound is tranquil, Autumn is taking hold and may be a walk later on the foreshore to see what’s what. Haven’t seen the otters for a couple of days so perhaps they will come down for a swim and a feed.
September had been quite a dry and clear month. However some rain overnight lifted the water levels in the burns. The rivers on Skye are short and most of the water just runs off rock, so they are quick to rise and quick to fall. Therefore the first day of October was spent taking a gentle amble up the lower slops to grab some images of the crystal clear waters coming off the Cullin being brought to life by the autumnal sun.