Well this morning the whole of the National Scenic Area was white over, not with snow but hailstones. However it also looked fabulous in every shade of green and gold, before it started to melt a little.
I have cleared all of the decked areas of hailstones but we now have hhailstones and rain !!
The decking is now completely clear of hailstones and I can see Iona and sunshine in the distance and I think we will get sun here in about 20 minutes.
You see how varied these Islands that bob in the Atlantic can be, in landscape and climate, but it does make life very interesting, like its another world here.
Yes here it is now, blazing sun everywhere I look now and Benmore entirely white because it will retain the hailstones for longer because it reaches into the sky and colder air.
Yes the days are shorter now but WOW !! it looks terrific from here at 9.15 in the morning, with various layers of different shades of blue in the sea and no wind again.
Over on the Wilderness i.e. the Ardmeanach Peninsular and Gribbun Cliffs the landscape is golden and showing every minute contour as the sun climbs up the sides of each sea cliff.
The sky is again in this pale blue and grey with white clouds below.
The sun is also showing the white sands of Iona and the South.
It’s a pity that most visitors heading toward Iona, miss most of that area, which in parts is like untouched Northwest Spain.
Last night the sky was full of stars in our very clear and clean atmosphere.
Well I keep standing up to head out of my office but keep turning back as what is before me gets better and better.
I remember the words of Howard Carter as Lord Caernarvon asked ”what do you see Carter” as they broke through the wall of the Faeroes Tomb. ”Wondrous things” said Carter as he shone a candle into the tomb.
Wondrous things to behold and exp[ore here on Mull too but you need some time and not just a day, like so many, who have a less enquiring mind than Carter or myself !!!
lore here too.
expland even better here now but must give it up or I willned up like Hoaerd carter.
Well today has been windless, unusually mild, but very misty and a day for staying in doors
I do forget to post sightings some days, so don’t think nothing is happening here, because I just put up a snipe by our water storage tank and yesterday afternoon I did the same with a woodcock, which went clattering off to another small wooded piece of land.
Great Northern Divers are now very easily seen around the Island and yesterday I had a big view of two adult Sea Eagles across Loch na keal sitting on a rocky outcrop with big yellow talons and their bills pretty striking, just 50m away.
In this murky weather they are grounded for now and lucky it isn’t spring when they are trying to rear young. Anyway, as Scarlet has always said, Tomorrow is another day and Ret exclaiming ”frankly my dear I don’t give a dam” !!
It must be terrible being a pessimist because optimists seem to create their own luck while pessimists just look on..
It’s early Sunday morning here on The Island and we have had one of those brilliant red sky’s rising above Benmore and above the house which is now turning into golden yellow above all the mountains across Loch na Keal.
Distant Iona has white and grey puffy clouds hovering over it with a band of pale blue sky, behind the cliffs of The Ardmeanach Peninsula and stretches the length of southern Mull and I can see the white sand beaches on Iona are going to b shining white pretty soon.
The landscape outside is in numerous shades of gold, red and green, with the sea, blue as ever and flat calm. In fact there is no wind at all so far today.
Great Northern Divers are here from the Arctic and I am going to have a look for the rare White Billed Diver which I have only seen once here.
Check it in your bird books !!
It has been another vivid and clear day on Mull with little wind and sensational colours, with the entire South of Mull now showing bright orange the whole of its length.
Benmore is equally stunning with a grey blue and orange cloud wandering around its peak. Early morning the sea of Loch na keal was yellow and my two white Tailed Sea Eagles of yesterday were still occupying the same small islets. I am sure like a lot of photographers, still looking for the otters.
Anyway it is now 3.30 Sheffield United won and went to the top of the Championship league yesterday so the terrific scene from here is now the icing on a very colourful and huge cake !!
In the last 15 minutes the orange sky over Iona has got even brighter !!
It is now 4pm here on Mull and heading for another over the top sunset.
It looks like an alien spacecraft sitting above Iona, with shafts of red and gold splaying from its undercarriage and covering The Island’ The colour is sensational being like a fluorescent orange with just a single small boat in the middle of a pale
blue to dark sea.
The sun has moved right now and behind Ulva with dark grey clouds and above that a golden edge along the entire top of the clouds. Above this is a beautiful pale blue sky and above that more orange clouds, which seem to be rising into the heavens.
The serenity and colours are to die for again here on Mull. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course and having an artistic background and temperament I always seem to be saying to my customers, isn’t that beautiful !!!
It is a really wonderful day here with sun blazing into every room in the house and this is magnified by the fact that we have such a lot of glass in the first place.
It feels as it can at times like some tropical place and hard to resist just sitting out on the decking to get that 30 minutes of sun per day that is recommended by the experts.
Colour is everywhere we look again, along with a blue sky with dappled white clouds.
Benmore looks like it is about to erupt after a few million years of lying dormant.
I want to get out and about and check things out but I have so much to do around the building.
Mull is an Island of extremes of course like many other islands around the world. Costa Rica is not quite an Island but is so impressive and I remember us staying in some futuristic villa overlooking the city with a volcano erupting miles away.
For the tops in Ecotourism I would suggest to anyone that Costa Rica is ‘THE’ place.
It is very quiet right now and visitors are thinning out. Big mistake though because as cars being driven too fast move off the Island wildl creatures start to enjoy their island again.
Coming past Killiechronan on the way back from Salen there was one of the adult White Tailed Sea Eagles standing on a small islet with what looked like a Goosander and it was one of those ‘win an award’ for photographs. A quarter of a mile further up the National Scenic Area there was its mate doing the same.
I have found that their actions usually mean that they are waiting for an otter to get something bigger than a butterfish and then pounce on it and steal its prey. It makes such good sense because the sea eagle cannot stand on the water to then catch prey like a heron . So they stand slightly elevated from where they can scan a few miles of their territory and possibly an otter !!!
There is a winter trade here but potential visitors for that time think we are all deep in snow when the Hebridean Islands gets the least snow in Britain because we are so far west that any snow has usually blown itself out by the time it reaches these islands and the gulf stream is waiting anyway to melt any lying snow.
Today has been misty, cold and a bit drizzly but somehow being such a wild place as Mull, it all looked dead right. As I came through the mist at the top of the hill behind the house there were these two dark shapes like gigantic bats, but were in fact a pare of White Tailed Sea Eagles locking talons and swirling around together above my minibus.
It looked like fun
That’s Eagle Island again for you of course.
Well I had two choices today with my very nice customers from France and England.
But I chose right I think and so north onto Loch na keal first, where we immediately had an adult White Tailed Sea Eagle above us working on what to eat, as it circled the panicking gulls and geese.
Well happily it missed breakfast, as the Goosander dived underwater as the Eagle spiralled out of the sky with legs outstretched and tried to get it but failed.
We had a number of Sea Eagles today, great northern divers, male hen harrier, lots of Barnacle Geese which looked like they have had a very good year in Greenland this summer. but now they are back to winter on Mull and the warmer waters of our gulf stream.
Plenty of red deer today and lots of smaller birds …which reminds me, what was that pipit like bird with lots of yellow on it. I have not seen such a bird before here and must check my bird books.
Our weather was good today with a sea that interchanged between pink and blue waves.
A lovely day then for man and beast.