Tiree Sky Lights

“If this is Winter let it roll on!”
December the 1st marks the first day of Winter.
That is according to the Metrological definition of the seasons.

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More than a start to the day, this is the beginning of winter.

Astronomical seasons are relative to the position
of the Earth’s orbit around the sun
taking into account equinoxes and solstices.
‘The astronomical winter begins on 21 December 2016
and ends on 19 March 2017.’

A fiery sky surrounding the Paps of Jura
A fiery sky surrounding the Paps of Jura

The Winter sunrise over the Scarinish headland
afforded a brief glimpse of a fiery sky
surrounding the Paps of Jura.

A view across the calm waters of Gott Bay towards Ben More on Mull
A view across the calm waters of Gott Bay towards Ben More on Mull

Around lunch time the view across Gott Bay towards Mull was breath taking.
The sea was unseasonably flat calm and the air was so still.
Circumstances ruled out capturing the scene.
It was a must to return later!

A window of sunlight onto Gott Bay
A window of sunlight onto Gott Bay

Our walk along the sands of Gott Bay began around 3:15pm.
Clouds began to dominate the late afternoon sky.
However, the views were no less impressive.
Sky lights lit up the bay and beach.

It is hard to take in that this is the 2nd of December.
Many parts of England are talking about the cold weather.
Here on Tiree the talk is all about how warm the weather is!
(Relatively speaking!)

Sky Lights flood the bay and beach
Sky Lights flood the bay and beach

Calm water silently stroke the sands of the bay.
Sky lights flood both the waters of the Bay and beach.
The wet sand acts as a mirror reflecting the colours from the shafts of light.

As we approach the island of Soa we decide to turn back.
It will be dark soon, but still the sky lights are striking.
The ‘Big Beach’ is a great place to be.

The sand of Gott Bay close to Soa Island
The sands of Gott Bay close to Soa Island

Approaching the car there is a brief window on the sunset.
There is a red sky over Ben Gott and Ben Hynish.
This is the time of day when the geese fly.
There they are over the Lodge Hotel.

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A wintry window over Gott Bat to Bens Gott and Hynish

If this is winter on Tiree let it roll on!