Today has been visually stunning with lots of sun all day but a bit cold in the wind.
I knew when I sat down in my office telling myself you have to write about this, that I cannot possibly capture the scene from the house which has to be the most spectacular on the Island today. Ben More is rising into light charcoal clouds with streaks of red sunlight covering some of its slopes. The sea is empty all the way to Iiona which is fabulous but with too much to capture in words here right now.
I will try though. Halfway across sea the Island of Erraid which has many stories to tell looks serene and behind it rise the huge sea cliffs on the Ardmeanach Peninsula, often called the wilderness. It has 1,000ft sea cliffs and behind is the south of mull and a pink sky horizon above the dark silhouette of the south all the way to Iona where a very bright golden sun is pushing its way through the clouds and soon to be in a bigger hurry as it wants to set.
Numerous beams of red sun are splaying themselves out over Iona and its waters like the bottom of a landing spacecraft.
The sea now looks white, which is just the powerful sun reflecting off the sea.
Minutes later now and the low sky is red over Iona, where I think we will get the sunset.
A last look out from our decking before the big event, as gold, red, charcoal grey and blue sky, rise into the heavens with more red splays of colour beginning to hide behind the southern tip of The Island of Ulva a quarter of a mile from here.
Leaving my office I now see a very red sky at the main entrance to the house and a dozen Red Deer silhouetted black as they wander along the hilly skyline looking like a Nature of Scotland award winning photograph !!
I did say I wouldn’t be able to capture the scene today but as I came back to my office, across the sea just behind Iona there is a new red land, for all the world looking like Ayers rock in Australia Only our new Ayers rock has some sort of strange intense red light on top of it !!!!!!!
Turns out that our intense light is the now the brilliant red sun which like so many things here in these magical island’s look very Alien.