It’s Winter.
It’s the month of February.
Stormy weather is to be expected.

Close to the pier ‘Storm Erik’ is bracing. Hold the camera steady!

This past week the Met Office issued the following warning,
A deep area of low-pressure
will track northeast across Britain
through Friday and Saturday,
bringing strong winds and gales
to parts of Northern Ireland,
northern England and Scotland.

Nothing too dramatic

Met Éireann named the storm ‘Erik’.
The strongest and most damaging winds
were expected in the Republic of Ireland.

Made to bend in the wind

Tiree was spared the strongest of winds.
For a short time gusts reached 62mph.
Mainly the gusts were in the 50s.

Looking out from the old harbour to a sunlit Passage of Tiree

The water table has suddenly risen.
Thus far it has been a much drier winter.
But now small lochs have appeared all over the island.

Small lochs have appeared all over the island – a pod or a helpful upturned boat?

Storm ‘Erik’ has not all been thundery grey skies.
At times there have been lovely wintry blue skies.
The latter provided a window for walking.
Such walks were bracing.

Storm approaching

Across the island lights have flickered.
A few homes suffered definite power cuts.
Apparently this was due to a lightening strike.

Over the past week
not every sunrise and sunset was visible
but there have been some lovely surprises.

Enjoying the wind! It’s Uplifting!

Awesome is a word often over used.
As a word awesome is sometimes misused.
But the recent storm has produced eriksome waves.

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters

The Psalmist, the Bible’s songwriter says,
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea—
the Lord on high is mighty.
Psalm 93:4

Mightier than the breakers of the sea

This is ‘Life-on-Tiree’

Wind and waves combine to make theatre