Only the 2nd of February

It was only the second of February
Yet if felt better than many a day in July.
There was hardly a breath of wind and it was sunny.

The crescent moon low in the sky over the Scarinish headland

The weather forecast for over six hours of sunshine was accurate.
First light with its red glow promised clear sight of the sunrise.
The glow and the crescent moon were present together.
The moon was visible low in the southern sky.

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There was no need to leave the house to see the moon.
To watch the sun rise it is best to go to the memorial.
There you can watch it rise over the horizon.
And it was all that was promised.

An Sithean

Many of the houses on Tiree are let out as holiday homes.
Tasked to photograph one of them I went out camera in hand.
An Sithean is conveniently situated in the crofting township of Scarinish.
It has a central location, a short distance from the pier, and other facilities.

Ben More on Mull and the Dutchman’s Cap from above the Scarinish Hotel

From An Sithean the walk took me towards the old harbour in Scarinish.
It was when close to the Scarinish Hotel that I caught sight of the ferry.
How impressive the MV Lord of the Isles looked in the sunlight.
What an imposing backdrop the snow capped peaks make.

It is interesting some of the comments received today.
Many comments have centred on the clarity of vision.
How snow capped peaks have stood out in 3D.
How neighbouring islands appear closer.
Seeing details not seen before.
The sense of definition.

As the sun sets the snow capped Paps of Jura appear like icebergs

In these conditions I have been particularly aware of:
Far distant Mainland snow capped mountain peaks.
The Paps of Jura – looking like icebergs
The Isle of Mull with its many peaks.

The MV Lord of the Isles heads out to sea

But then you can add to views:
Mighty Ben More on Mull
The Dutchman’s Cap
The Rum Cuillins

As the sun sets the snow capped Rum Cuillins turn pink

It was time to head back down to the pier.
But first I came face to face with an inquisitive sheep.
Often when you approach on foot sheep will move off – not this one!

Who are EWE looking at?

The MV Clansman is missed when she is away from the Oban-Coll-Tiree service.
However the visit of the MV Lord of the Isles is also much appreciated.
For the next two weeks a revised timetable is in operation.
This is due to the replacement of Linkspan 1 at Oban.

The MV Lord of the Isles alongside the pier

In late afternoon the approaching sunset turned the snow capped peaks pink.
Yet at the same time to the west the sky was turning black.
Wintry showers could be seen approaching.
And it was turning colder – much colder.

Th setting sun has a dramatic effect

After such a day there seemed little hope of viewing the sunset.
But I was wrong our living room was filled with the glow.
Sadly work took me away from truly appreciating it.

What a contrast today!
The weather has been more seasonal.
Dull grey skies and showers have continued throughout the day.

This is Life on Tiree.
One of the many Inner Hebridean islands.
A truly beautiful place to live and work, visit and appreciate.

The Steadings, Manse and Glebe House, Gott Bay