Mother Nature is at it again here. I am sure it is just plain boredom on her part.
Early morning was black as soot until late morning when it turned drizzly.
Then on the way back from Tobermory there was the sun way ahead of me over Iona and I was up for chasing it, until now, when it has got a little misty at 3pm but may get sunny again in time.
In fact here we go with a golden sky now rising off the horizon !!
Will the mist win and close its doors, or will the golden sky get bigger and force the mist into submission ?
Does this posting sound like a fairy story in the making ??
Yesterday I returned after visiting the grandchildren and their mum in Glasgow, thanks to the generosity of Timmy and David who gave me a lift and came along with me and I know we each had a super time with Lucy and the children, who are getting more and more interesting particular little Rufus who’s speech and word choices seem to be getting more and more posh !!
As usual back on Mull the weather had been pretty good, unlike the rest of the Uk and after picking my minibus up at the ferry point which had spent the night there I had the most spectacular run home up Loch na Keal .
What a welcome it was as I left Salen and could see this brilliant Orange and Pink sky coming this way from the far west.
It looked like hundreds of giant fluorescent peaches adorning the whole horizon.
getting closer I found myself repeating WOW and WOW a few time more, as I climbed to the high point looking out over Ulva and the world beyond.
I really don’t know how Mother Nature can repeatedly conjure up such wonderful visual effects each day, as she does here in these most romantic of Island places.
Thankyou Timmy and David for the adventure XX
Myself, Timmy and David had a really lovely day today spending a lot of time at Calgary and enjoying the wonderful views out over Loch na Keal and the many islands beyond . It was a very calm and windless day again and I had good views of a sitting Golden Eagle on rocky topped hill at Treshnish Haun before went down to Calgary and followed the footpath around the headland and we walked halfway toward Calliach Point which is one of our best land based cetacean viewing headlands.
It was great to get out and about and stretching my legs again after spending too much time indoors lately.
Timmy is a super cook like his brother Sam and pork, chicken, Christmas pudding, drinks etc. were all delicious. Forgot to mention the pigs in blanket and really tasty stuffing. Sam gave a lot of thought about presents again and came up with more Russian stamps for my collections which will be his one day.
Have a super festive time everyone who might have sent me cards and I hope to see you all on Mull again this Spring and Summer.
It is just coming to 1pm but what a wonderful day it has been here on the West Coast of Mull.
The only drawback is that a BT engineer was supposed to be here by now to fix some things regarding our landline and lots of static !
The light from my office is so wonderful, with a soft white glow out over the sea all the way to Iona and the engineer !! Again the sea is flat as a pancake and the mountains across Loch na keal have their own soft grey light and each is topped by brilliant white sunshine. Looking out to Iona and the South of Mull again it reminds me greatly of scenes in the tropics and if Inch Kenneth had a few palms on there it would look even more like some tropical paradise. The only difference is that their sea will be warm. We have this massive expanse of blue sky streaked with white clouds and I am now reminded about the starry starry night that we all had last night.
Its 3.30 pm here and I can see already that we are heading for one of our wonderful sunsets, as the whole of southern Mull is now topped with gold and gigantic ball of fire is rising from Iona and maybe that’s where the sunset will be tonight. However they often wander behind The island of Ulva and set there.
I am speechless often on these inspirational natural occasions and Iona does look magical with a very low sun now surrounded by light grey clouds making The Island look even more religious than it already is.
I am surrounded by paperwork today and desperately trying to get more organised. But how I wish I could be walking on a white sand beach on that beautiful northern tip of Iona. The call of these islands is so hypnotic and wonderful, it’s a shame to be indoors. I must get out tomorrow and check a few wildlife sites.
Then again I have Sheffield United to check on too!!!!
It’s another wonderful day here with lots of blue sky and puffy white and grey clouds.
There is no wind at all and just a light ripple on the very blue sea. Iona looks beckoning as usual and it must be low tide as its white sand coastline is very clear.
The sun is like a huge fireball across Loch na Keal on my left, as it rises over Benmore and the other mountains around it, and is too bright to even look at from my office.
More people should come to Western Scotland and its Islands in the off season because it has truly spectacular visual wonders and serenity at this time of year.
On yesterdays Wildlife Expedition I had two very keen ladies, one from Scotland and the other from Ireland.
They were a pleasure to take out and from the off while waiting for the sea eagles the female came in for a chat. As it turned out it was a chat, but not with us, but its male partner as it swept in calling and landed close to the bigger female. Both looked very colourful and were very noisy !!
We had two otters interacting with two other Sea Eagles as we headed toward Gribbun, but it looked like fun rather than aggression and we had great views of both on Scarisdale rocks. We also had great northern divers, a black throated diver, which is reckoned to be the most beautiful UK bird In its summer plumage and this one was in its winter plumage, !!
We then had a family of 3 otters very very close and seemingly oblivious to our presence
In Glenmore we had one f those evocative views of a golden eagle sitting on the skyline in the majestic way that they do.
One hen harrier today, lots of red deer stags and females with young.
3 separate dippers, redshanks and lots of other things as well as views to die for, on this magical Island.
I have a wildlife trip tomorrow and hope I see the otter I had today on Loch na Keal which was on a mission seemingly, on a very calm sea.
Has there been a better day than today ? For Mother Nature to put on a party for everyone with all of the mountains topped with snow, and dazzling sun bouncing off Loch na Keal like it was all glass.
Tonight I don’t see a sunrise shaping up yet but I do see a green strip of sky peeking over the top of the Ardmeanach Peninsular which may grow into something more.
It has been white over everywhere today, not as cold as yesterday and sheltered from the light wind, dare I say warmish !!
Visually though everywhere I looked today I felt speechless for once. The majesty of it all here and colours of sky, mountains, sea, land and islands, was perfection for the eye.
Well overnight it was very wild indeed here with very strong winds howling away and snow and hailstones pounding down. On getting up it was still very black and white, over the landscape as far as the eye could see.
But The islands are indeed magical with landscapes winter white with golden autumnal vegetation mixed in.
The cliffs of the Wilderness [ Ardmeanach peninsular] are topped with a golden sky and the severe drop from top to the sea below, looks like a giants ski slope !
The sea on Loch na Keal was green and now from here it is muted pale blue and huge white and grey clouds are puffing themselves up over the Island of Ulva.
Basically then another visual set of natural wonders that only The Hebridean Islands can conjure up.
Its now 1.40 in the afternoon and the sea is blue and very calm after its wild party night and distant Iona is bathed in gold sun again. Its a great pity that more visitors don’t explore more of the South of Mull and not just Iona itself.
Venturing out each day seems to be a nod to the White Tailed Sea Eagles lately, as they arrive overhead and seem to enjoy escorting me down The National Scenic Area and Loch na Keal toward Salen, often to then alight on the big shingle expanse at Killiechronan.
In other words it seems they are human watching as we would go bird watching.
It feels odd and mysterious.
As the view is from here now at 18 minutes past 3 and with what looks like an Alien Craft dropping gently onto The South of Mull. Somewhat like Close Encounters of the Third kind, if you remember the movie !!
The back drop is pale blue with 3 separate tiers of gold looking like a very posh and huge new cark park !!
Off to the right I see more golden sky appearing through the same blueness of sky.
What does it look and feel like if you are on The South of Mull itself right now I wonder.
Anyway I have just just come into the house with an immature sea eagle coming over us from The Island of Ulva.