What’s For Tea Tonight?

Looks like its vole and chips on the menu tonight.

Our regular buzzard out hunting in the autumn sunshine this afternoon, and clearly caught some supper

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Rum Night Cap

The Point of Sleat and the Rùm Cullin silhouetted against the evening sun.

The Point of Sleat and the Rùm Cullin silhouetted against the evening sun.

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.

Posted in Landscape Photography, Mhor Skye Musings

Autumnal Ochre before Sleat Sunset

 

The sun dipping behind the Rhum Cullin gave the most wonderful ochre colour cast to the sky over Eigg

The sun dipping behind the Rhum Cullin gave the most wonderful ochre colour cast to the sky over Eigg

......before giving way to the more usual palette of reds through to purple.

……before giving way to the more usual palette of reds through to purple that is a regular occurrence on Sleat, Isle of Skye.

Having posted the sunrise this morning, the free evening show did it’s best to match.

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Go to Work on an Eigg

After the strong winds of Sunday night Monday morning, Tuesday brought a tranquil Sound of Sleat with the sun's gentle pastel colours spreading from Morar behind the Isle of Eigg.

After the strong winds of Sunday night Monday morning, Tuesday brought a tranquil Sound of Sleat with the sun’s gentle pastel colours spreading from Morar behind the Isle of Eigg.

 

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.

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Crystal Clear

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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.

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A ‘Tear’ For the Fallen

ToL Poppies 3

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Swimming and Summer Snoozes @ Sunny Sleat

The tell tale flick of the tale gives away an otter's location in the azure blue waters at Port Na Long, Aird of Sleat

The tell tale flick of the tale gives away an otter’s location in the azure blue waters at Port na Long, Aird of Sleat

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Swift Service @ Sleat Community Shop

Chicks waiting patiently for mum at their nest under  the eaves of the Sleat Community Shop at Armadale

Chicks waiting patiently for mum in their nest under the eaves of the Sleat Community Shop at Armadale

Mum is checking that the coast is clear - waiting on the petrol pump

Mum is checking that the coast is clear – waiting on the petrol pump

Lunch is on it's way

Lunch is on it’s way

Mum feeding her chicks.

Mum feeding her chicks.

Contented (for a short while at least.  Photography off to get an black pudding and egg roll from Martin in the Skye Farm Shop

Contented (for a short while at least). Photographer off to get an black pudding and egg roll from Martin in the Skye Farm Shop

Visit the Skye Farm Shop for great local produce, home made cakes and the best breakfast rolls.  For the latest information on visiting Sleat visit their Facebook page.

 

 

 

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Course Record Smashed at Celtman 2014

Johan Hasselmark - a strong cycle mode him to second place

Johan Hasselmark – a strong cycle mode him to second place

Behind the leaders after the swim, a strong ride saw Johan Hansselmark move in to second place behind Scottish favourite Stuart Macloud.

With only 14km to run, Johan still oohs strong and he passes behind Liatach towards the Glen Torridon road.

With only 14km to run, Johan still looks strong and he passes behind Liatach towards the Glen Torridon road.

However the Edinburgh man could not hold off the strong running of Johan and he powered home in a record time of 11:41:30.

To view all the images from Celtman 2014 please click here.

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Celtman – Third Edition

Ten to three in the morning and competitors are beginning to set their bikes up at T1 ready for the third running of Celtman.

It is a ‘simple’ test of extreme physical and mental endurance that consists of :

Swim (Loch Shieldaig)

Fastest swim - Johan Nykvist [2012 Celtman]

Fastest swim – Johan Nykvist [2012 Celtman]

Cycle (Shieldaig to Strath Carron via Gairloch)

Fastest Cycle (Women) - Susanne Buckenlei - 6:51:03 [2012 Celtman]

Fastest Cycle (Women) – Susanne Buckenlei – 6:51:03 [2012 Celtman]

Run (Coulin Pass and Beinn Eighe)

Fastest Run - Johan Hasselmark 4:41:19 [2013 Celtman - 2nd in 2013]

Fastest Run – Johan Hasselmark 4:41:19 [2013 Celtman – 2nd in 2013]

Conditions seem a little better than 2014 but a very long and tough day for all the competitors  who hopefully will enjoy some of Scotland’s finest scenery.  Everyone who completes Celtman is a winner it is just that someone finishes first.

2013 - Graeme Stewart - 12:16:15

2013 – Graeme Stewart – 12:16:15

Good luck today to all Celtman 2014 competitors and support crew.  I hope to see you on the route throughout the day.  Images should be available on line from Monday.

In the words of Robin WIlliams - Oh my God it's early!)

Let battle commence.

 

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