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Shorter days and starry nights

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.

 

Windless

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..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful things

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 !!

 

 

 

Beautiful

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 !!

Alien

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 !!!

 

 

Wonderful day

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.

Island of Eagles

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.

Eagles in the mist

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.

 

 

 

Todays trip

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.

Magical

It was very dark an hour ago but now from my office it looks like another Turner painting with his casual, but so effective brush strokes of puffy white clouds sprinkled with grey and blue.

It is flat calm from here and I can see the white sand beaches of Iona miles cross the sea without a boat in sight.

The huge cliffs of Gribun across Loch na Keal, again look mighty and daunting but becoming less so as the sun is coming out, with seemingly no wind at all as yet.

However Benmore towers over the entire magical scene and is lightly capped with either snow, or hailstones !! Probably the latter.

Above the mountains now there is a tight line of grey clouds topped with a thinner line of what looks like pure gold. But it  is Saturday and Mother Nature may be just setting herself up to look glamourous again.

Tomorrow I have my Wildlife Tour and my customers are going to be suitably impressed with the islands Autumnal look, but not quite a winter look as yet . But the whole scene is getting bluer and sunnier by the minute.