Category Archives: Mhor Skye Musings

The gentle musings as I get used to my new surroundings and beyond. Based at Aird on the Sleat Pennisular, Isle of Skye my camera is never too far away as I explore both near and far from my new home.

No Work in the Midday Sun!

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One of the pair of buzzards that regularly hunt around the house decided that it was time to take in the surroundings which had that lovely warmth provided by a low sun .  Despite it being mid day it is not getting to high above the horizon at the moment but it makes for some wonderful light, certainly better than the harsh light of mid summer!  After a leisurely break on the post the buzzard was soon back to the air and found some success before deciding to move to other hunting grounds. 

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.

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.

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!?

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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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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What’s in a name?

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Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, and Katie’s next (according to the list).  From 10 November 2015 through to the 2 March 2016 the Met Office named 10 storms.  The naming was to help the “public be better placed to keep themselves, their property and business safe”.  It certainly prompted some debate especially for those in the Outer Isles, Orkney and Shetland that hardly noticed any abatement in the wind between Gertrude on 28 Jan and Imogen on the 8 Feb.  The Met in many ways are to be applauded because it certainly brought a focus to the British obsession with the weather but, like the News at 10, it necessarily focuses on the bad aspects (although there is a certain beauty in a storm), of damage and distress.

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So perhaps we should start naming the highs, and the 1039  just off Shetland is certainly producing some tranquil weather over Sleat in the South East of Skye.  Barely a ripple on the Sound; Eigg, Rhum and the headland sharply silhouetted as the sun fades and the first daffodil opened in the garden.  Time to sit back and enjoy the vista with a glass of red (purely to match the mood of course).

Can Man Ever Match Nature’s Majesty?

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Looking from Kyle towards Skye, the concrete bridge across Loch Alsh has an elegance about it that does not detract from Skye’s mountains beyond.  For me better a bridge in front then a turbine on a ridge line but that remains a separate debate.

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Aird Dolphins Match Miami in Sleat Superbowl

 

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A break from the computer to make a drink was rewarded by a pod of early season dolphins coming in to the Sound of Sleat.

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