Softly – Softly

With daylight hours daily shortening there is a softness about the light.
This was especially noticeable on a Sunday morning walk to the pier.
It was a matter of stopping and appreciating the softness.

Still water that reflected the softness of the morning light

The softness was enhanced by the gentleness of the day.
The stormy conditions that were Storm Callum had disappeared.
Thus there was a gentleness about the island and in particular Gott Bay.

Looking out towards the Passage of Tiree from the pier

On Sunday morning the sun did not rise until 7:55.
Even after 9:15 the sun was still low in the sky.
This added to the sense of softness.

Looking out from the Pier towards the Treshnish Isles and Mull

The shallow waters of Gott Bay softly reflected the sky above.
From the pier you look out to the Treshnish Isles and Ben More on Mull.
From the pier you also look across the bay to Gott, Kirkapol, Brock and Ruaig.

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Later in the morning the Baptist Church celebrated God’s Goodness.
The Sunday Gathering was held in their premises at Baugh.
There they had their Harvest Thanksgiving.

The still waters reflect this home in Pier Road

As they gathered they read from one of the Bible’s songs.
In Psalm 65 the song writer rejoices in God’s provision.
“From where the sun rises to where it sets,
you inspire shouts of joy.”
How appropriate the Psalm was to the day and the occasion.

Ben More on the Isle of Mull

After lunch with friends in Crossapol there was a gentle shower.
It lasted only moments and it was followed by a rainbow.
The bow appeared to stretch from coast to coast.
Autumn on the Isle of Tiree is soft and subdued.
However, the bow brought colour to the Reef.

The rainbow appeared to stretch across the reef from shore to shore

Unlike many rainbows this one lasted for some considerable time.
The light was soft but the bow was so well defined.
There was even a partial double rainbow.

Autumn colours on the Reef enhanced by the rainbow – in the background Ben More on Mull

Our south facing window looks out across the water.
In the right conditions we look out on the Paps of Jura.
To think that these mountain tops are about fifty miles away.
On Sunday our view was across the Passage of Tiree to the three Paps.

Sunday’s clear view of the Paps of Jura

The softness that characterised the morning light lasted until sunset.
We failed to witness the sun set due to some light clouds.
But the setting sun brought a soft red hue to the sky.

Looking across the Machair to the BT Tower – with the moon rising in the sky

This is ‘Life-on-Tiree’
What a beautiful sun filled day it has been.

Softly – softly – right until the last remnant of daylight

From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the Lord is to be praised.
Psalm 113:3 in the Bible