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Very Beautiful

It has been a period of pure beauty on Mull and very Arctic in its look..

Wildlife bookings for this time of year are never that good and if the rest of the UK get poor weather’ potential visitors think, well it must be even worse on the Scottish Islands !!  NOT TRUE of course and today for instance the sea is flat as a pancake, the sky is clear and the colours of the sea and landscape are again wonderful.

Finding Hen Harriers at this time of year when most are now in Europe  is tough BUT !! There was a female with a brilliant white male dancing like a fairy among the grassland south of Craignure.

Otters are not tough to find on such calm days and  the White Tailed Sea Eagles are regularly on their usual patches.

However a tragic sighting yesterday was of a stranded Long Finned Pilot Whale, desperately trying to right itself on the shoreline of Calgary Bay. It was a terrible thing to see as it fought to get to deeper water but failed every time. Where were the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust  and the much needed slings to lift it to safety ?The poor creature needed more than a couple of people to help it escape to deep water again.

Calgary looked a big and lonely place as we watched this huge beautiful creature a few feet away from us and fighting for its life, but without the right gear we simply watched it dying.

Mull needs National Park Status, rangers on the ground and a management team a hundred times better than our none proactive Community Council.

 

 

Wonderful day

It has been the most brilliantly clear day here

 

It’s a cold wind but fine out of it, with sunshine from sunrise and probably to sunset I am certain. A wonderful sky also since the sun broke the peak of Benmore this morning,. The sea is flecked with the white crests of a million waves. Benmore is capped with snow but the colours of nature are staggering today and it is a photographers paradise ..

What will the sunset be like tonight I wonder with such clear conditions.

I don’t really have the words to a aptly describe the island today, so I will get out while the going is good as they say.

Wish you were all here !!

Magical again here

I am running out of superlatives to describe Mull in its various exotic poses each day.

 

Here we are today with a golden landscape stretching to the cliffs below the house. Then we have a light ripple on a very calm blue sea. Beyond that is Inch Kenneth full of history and  which adorns Loch an keal and the views onward toward Staffa and Fingals cave, then on to Iona. The south of Mull is a long crumpled looking landscape and pretty black looking right now.

Above the south of mull and Iona is an equally long but wider strip of pink and occasionally dense Orange sky reaching up to a lovely chalky blue sky and above all of that wonderfully coloured clouds now with the sun getting ready to burst forth.

 

Finally I have to state WOW !!!!! Because it is now sensational

 

 

 

 

As Predicted

Well as I predicted this morning the weather has improved greatly now and I have another huge Turner Painting from my office it seems

 

The landscape out from the house is very colourful, the sea and wind have calmed for now. I can see Inch Kenneth very clearly and the rugged coast of the South of Mull and Iona.

 

It could even be very sunny soon and don’t forget we have some of the cleanest rain in the world anyway, with no pollution at all, unlike mainland Britain

 

It’s the most wonderful sky right now being very blue with dappled clouds adding more to the scene. Simply beautiful, and even better than that !!

 

Very poor weather this morning

Well from here I can’t see the sea today except hazy glimpses of white capped waves through the mist and very wild weather.

Mother nature seems to be back to her extremes just to attract attention to herself again. But with some luck it may all calm down around lunchtime !

 

Happy New Year everyone

 

David Woodhouse

 

 

Who Knows

Who knows what is in store for here today?

It began as excepted with black conditions early morning, but at around 8pm the rising sun started appearing way over Benmore and by early afternoon it was clearing, until about 2pm  when it had cleared completely and now its pretty lovely again and sunny. The sea is either dark blue or golden depending on which way the sun is shining its rays.

 

However as I have just sat down to follow Sheffield United’s progress today I can see big showers shaping up from  the west

Happy New Year everyone.