Monthly Archives: October 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.