Tiree’s Dramatic Sky

’The sky is the limit’, ‘Blue sky thinking’ and ‘Pie in the sky” are just a few examples of how the sky that surrounds us figures in every day speech.  Less clouds feel missed out, we are informed that ‘every cloud has a silver lining’.

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The proverb states, “A red sky at night is a shepherd’s delight and a red sky in the morning is a shepherd’s warning.”

Having recently spent time on the Mainland surrounded by tall buildings and sky scrapers in both Glasgow and London, it is back to Tiree’s ‘Big Skies’. With no mountains and sitting out in the Atlantic Ocean we experience some dramatic skies. This morning we enjoyed a spectacular sunrise, but we also experience spectacular sunsets, rainbows, blue skies and starry skies.

Don’t be misled by photographs. The sky over Tiree can be shrouded in mist, grey, leaden or black at noon. Recently the night sky was lit up with the ‘Northern Lights’ – the common name for the Aurora Borealis. Sadly we were on the Mainland at the time.