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Starry Starry Night

Yesterday began, as I drove to Salen to collect provisions, with low mist over the forests and a sprinkling of frost on some of the more leafy trees. But it turned into the most beautiful day possible, with not a cloud in the sky and very warm and even hot on the decking in front of the house.

The sun is jut rising now in the east and we had an amazing star filled sky overnight with seemingly millions of them and looking pretty close.

However as many know of the Hebrides we have a fantastically clean atmosphere and so everything can look brighter than it does on mainland Britain.

Today I am collecting  the Majestic line people from Ulva Ferry where they are anchored and taking them on a land based wildlife tour and of course from their very nice vessel  they also see Mull and its satellite Islands  from the sea too.

 

I look forward to it and another lovely day.

 

A thing of beauty

Mull has been truly WILD today with a wild big ocean topped with a million white horses and trees and grasses bending against the wind along with the trees.

But how stunningly beautiful and magical it is right now with a carpet of gold rolling out over Iona and coming this way.

 

I have often said that each day on Mull is like another Turner painting and it looks exactly like that right now over Ulva with its black and gold headlands stretching out into the sea, as if it is stretching itself after a tough day on show.

Right now the whole scene and the ocean is getting even more wild and dramatic but the sun is blazing into our sunroom and is maybe too bright.

 

Better go and check things outside !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather

A pretty poor weather day today, until  late afternoon when it turned pretty good.

First off  with my group was an adult sea eagle sitting out on the shingle at Killechronan.

Across the loch we just missed  a female otter with a cub, but got a female with a youngster just before the Benmore parking area. Nice views of them romping about on a big seaweed covered rock.

Lots and lots of smaller birds today but always difficult to pin down in a moving vehicle with misty windows.

Seals on Scarisdale Rocks and more on Loch Spelve.. Gannets are still around and diving and we had maybe two whimbrel and a few Goosanders,

 

So  a pretty  good day where my people learned plenty but it would have been so much better without the mist !!

 

Excellent Tour

No otters again today but it is beginning to not feel so important, and they will show sometime soon.

Its a wonderful evening here with great streaks of gold, white, blue, green yellow and puffy grey golden topped clouds above Iona and the south.

These amazing visual effects mull delivers are magical and  immensely colourful.

On todays trip then, we had a number of eagles both  white tailed and golden.

Some of the sightings were  in what I would call sensitive areas and so I may refrain from naming them

However a female adult and male  sea eagle were above us just over the bridge to Grasspoint and shortly after we had a female hen harrier, lots of red deer and a big mature stag gave all of us super side on views and  pictures.

Onward then and patience brought us  a big female golden eagle and more white Tailed sea eagles, as well as lunch !!

Common seals were on their usual sites as were lots blackberries, that Ididnt have time to pick.

Missing lots of smaller birds above but all felt it had been a really good learning day too.

Weather forecast

Well I got the weather forecast a bit wrong yesterday. In that there was no rain in the afternoon as I thought there would be.

 

As it tuned out the entire day was glorious. So I enjoyed a trip on the ferry to Oban, had some fish and did some chores, including stocking up the freezer and fridge a little and to be fair to my feathered friends I got some bird food for the feeders. On the way back I met a really interesting elderly chap who filled me in on a few hundred years of Mull life.

Right now on Wednesday morning  at 8.12 it is very misty and I’m not going to try and predict today what the weather is going to do!!

 

How long can it last

Its 8am and another wonderful day of colour and serenity.

The sea and and sky are merging into this very pale blue chalk like colour, with streaks of white and a thousand  tuffs of  small pale grey clouds above that.

Our highest mountain Ben More looks like a volcano, as it oozes huge grey and white clouds from its peak. Anywhere else in the world everyone would think it was a  volcano erupting.

The whole landscape seen from the house is this rusty gold colour again.

I think by lunchtime it may all change today, with possible rain in the afternoon , evening and overnight.

 

My big tip then is get out and enjoy Mulls wonders now, but take a waterproof for later !!

 

Here we go !!

Yes here we go again, with another monumental evening, and a huge empty sea with no one on it,  a beautiful grey, black an blue landscape, over the south and Iona and a sky that looks on fire, rolling along a dark green sky above.

There is a further lemon sky over the Isle of Ulva and more small red clouds in among it.  All of this is now wandering north and it is for certain that another awesome sunset is on its way.

 

It was another pretty successful Wildlife Expedition today when on the way out from here we had two adult sea eagles  coming  off the sea and flying low over our heads.

After collecting people from my meeting point at Craignure we came back up to the National Scenic Area and as if a best friend had arrived, another big female sea eagle came from up the coast to glide wonderfully over us giving great photos for my group.

On the other side of the loch it wasn’t difficult to spot the silhouette of another sea eagle on Scarisdale rocks which turned into two eagles, waiting for an otter to get something bigger than a butter fish, and then steal it.

 

 

 

Too Much

I  have to report the most wonderful lemon sea here at 5pm and again not a bit of wind. The whole scene is dappled with black silhouettes of trees along the coast and then miles back various shades of black and grey landscape which is Iona and the south of the Island.

The sunset tonight is going to be a corker and I feel like the people in the film Close Encounters of The Third Kind who were  seemingly obsessed with heading for the space craft  !!.

 

I have to go then and have dinner but I may go down to the cliffs and check on the above.

 

 

 

CLOUDLESS

It is 7.30 in the morning, on Mull and its other satellite Islands and I am sure they all look equally stunning and romantic  as it does here.

 

What a place this is and as some know is the most varied place in Britain.

I have to get a good breakfast and get out exploring today , My chores around here can wait today.

The landscape from the house is every colour of the rainbow and there is no wind at all and add a cloudless sky, which I think will be like this all day. Why would any sane person given the choice, want to live in a city or suburbia when such natural wonders are here to be enjoyed and cherished. The only answer of course is that humans were once individuals. Now they are a herding species. But since when did being in a herd help our species when we all see such tragedy’s happening every single day where there are thousands of people and it will get worse.

Still More

Its nearly 7pm and another stupendous, magical, awesome view, from my office.

 

The golden landscape is heading for the cliffs, and the coast looks like it is actual gold, sprinkled over a carpet of emerald green. The cliffs of Gribbun are rising out of the sea with every cliff face all the way to the Wilderness streaked from top to bottom with black, and gold and it all seems to pour into a  Hebridean Sea of pale blue calmness and over  Iona and the south Mull. Another world is being created there and  I still believe that there  must be fairy builders working there.

 

I also think they help the Corncrakes get up in the air in August to go to Africa . After all they are useless flyers, so how else do they get into the sky and fly there for the winter.

 

Yep it has to be the fairies’.

 

I feel hungry. Maybe the fairies can cook as well. Must invite them over for dinner sometime.