Myers Continues Happy Memories Against the RAF

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A productive evening with Lee Crabb of Scrumpix as we finalised a new workflow that will allow a seamless process between my base in Skye and his work on the South Coast (and save me some air miles).  The evening’s main event was stood on a chilly touchline at US Portsmouth RFC to watch the Royal Navy U23’s retain their Inter Services title against the RAF.  Despite the poor In Goal lighting, Lee managed to capture Eldon Myers scoring the only try in the Navy’s 10-0 win.  Eldon, who holds a couple of Senior XV caps, made his Senior debut against the RAF so clearly has happy memories playing against the Light Blues.  As much as it was an enjoyable trip in was good to return to the warmth of Skye after a couple of wintery days in the frozen South!!

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A Molten Morar Morning

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A pause from early morning work to enjoy a second cup of coffee and savour the lightening sky emerging over Morar.  For an all to brief a moment the thin cloud took on the form of those fluid basaltic flows where the sheets of fiery molten lava spread out and then cool to leave their mosaic of ripples and swirls in the volcanic rock.

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Sunbeams by Rhum

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A testing week in more ways than one as computer problems caused a significant revision to the week’s work.  A couple of days of rain storms gave way today to another great day, for so late in Autumn.  As the evening darkened so the clouds began to roll in from the West with the sun fighting it’s corner to ensure that every now and again those jewels, that are the evening sunbeams, provided some stunning illumination against the swirling mass of black and granite grey cumulus cloud.

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The Power of Light – Peace and Tranquility

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It was going to be an evening in front of the computer meeting the dreaded deadlines.  However a power cut put paid to that and since I have still yet to buy the generator I keep promising myself there was nothing else to do than pour a glass of wine, open the patio doors and spend and hour simply watching the sun go down as a very calm Sound of Sleat provided a reassuring sound track, gently lapping the rocks below.  The last week in October and still in short sleeves!  To the left, and out of shot a number of day boats were busy making the most of the weather and the fish must be about as earlier, with a mug of coffee, I had watched a pod of 15 dolphins cruise through the Sound, the second time in 4 days.  With the clear skies and lack of light pollution it looks like there will be good chance of the milky way being clearly viewable again tonight as it was yesterday evening.  Let’s hope the power is not put back on too soon!?

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Tell me why?…….

It was Bob Geldof who first asked the question about Monday mornings.  A very peaceful and colourful start to the day (and week) for some walking on very little foreshore, due to high tides, at Armadale bay.  Looking across to Knoydart was a real treat as the sky lightened from the East with some vivid colours produced from the morning sun.  One the way back for a cup of coffee the radio reported the first frosts on the East coast yet my walk had been made in short sleeves!  However with the winds becoming more frequent I do not think there are many more of shirt sleeved mornings left in 2016!

It was Bob Geldof who first asked the question about Monday mornings. A very peaceful and colourful start to the day (and week for some) walking on very little foreshore, due to high tides, at Armadale bay. Looking across to Knoydart was a real treat as the sky lightened from the East with some vivid colours produced from the morning sun. One the way back for a cup of coffee, the radio reported the first frosts on the East coast yet my walk had been made in short sleeves! However with the winds becoming more frequent I do not think there are many more shirt sleeved mornings left in 2016!  Click on image for larger version

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Not Just the Pound Struggling Against the Dollar

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This image by John Walton caught my eye after the Slough 7s at the weekend.  It looks as if since BREXIT it is not just the pound that is struggling against the dollar.  MCM2 entered the event alongside the Navy Sharks representative side and played some good rugby but on this occasions were unable to break through when double teamed by a pair of “Greenbacks”.  Good to see the MCM2 enjoying their rugby.

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Records Tumble at 5th CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

Bonnie van Wilgenburg sets new course record for the Women and becomes the first women to record a top ten finish as a number of records fell at the 2016 CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon.

2016 CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon Run section. 134 competitors managed to make the cut off to take the high route for the Blue t-shirt. The low cloud earlier i the day cleared and they were rewarded with clear views from the ridge line of Beinn Eighe.

Bonnie shows the descending running form that helped her break the Celtman course record for Women.  Throughout the race her focussed determination had been evident but clearly the team has a sense of humour with her support runner choosing highland attire for the final run section.

Click on the image to go to the Celtman Image library by Alligin Photography where details of the other records to fall on Saturday can also be found.

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Hyacinthoides non-scripta

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Aird in Bloom! It has been an excellent year for the bluebells across Sleat. Normally their impact is hidden as they grow amongst the bracken or within more wooded areas but on this croft where the bracken has only recently been cleared their dense covering provides a vivid carpet of colour on the hillside.

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Not as glamorous but…..

There are two areas that I regularly see wild goats - the Ardnamurchan peninsular and the A87 between Inverinate and Glen Shiel. For most they are either glimpsed briefly as they graze at the side of the road or they are the cause of you having to come to a stand still as them casually amble across the busy main road to Skye.

There are two areas that I regularly see wild goats – the Ardnamurchan peninsular and the A87 between Inverinate and Glen Shiel. Mostly they are either glimpsed briefly as they graze at the side of the road or they are the cause of me having to come to a stand still as them casually amble across the busy main road to Skye.  However, when time permits, it is always good to stop awhile and observe them feeding and though they may not be as glamorous as many other of Scotland’s mammals they are nonetheless fascinating to study.

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A New Dawn?

A small tribute from Alligin Photography to the Royal Navy Rugby Union. As so often it is the Reds that first catch the eye, but gradually as you look over time it is the Blues in this image of a dawn from my home in Skye that take the ascendancy, gradually controlling the attention as surely as the tide coming in. A long day yesterday working with a great group of photographers. Hopefully managed to keep the outputs professional for both sides but naturally pleased to see my former Service take the honours.

A small tribute from Alligin Photography to the Royal Navy Rugby Union. As so often is the case,  it is the Reds that first catch the eye, but gradually as you look over time it is the Blues in this image of a dawn from my home in Skye that take the ascendancy, gradually controlling the attention as surely as the tide coming in. A long day yesterday working with a great group of photographers. Hopefully managed to keep the outputs professional for both sides but naturally pleased to see my former Service take the honours of the Inter Service Title.

 

A selection of action images from the photography team at yesterday’s Army Navy Match can be found by clicking here.

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