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Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Best Sunset I have ever witnessed


Postby DonnyW » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:39 am

Date walked: 04/09/2011

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Date Sunday 4 September 2011
Not a walk report but a row report
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I settled for a quiet evening by the tent, relaxing after a day of walking the hills above Arisaig. Only a few campers remained to do battle with the end of season midges, most had long gone home and returned to work, their summer holidays now only distant memories.

The sea was like a mirror, shimmering in the cool evening air. The haze of summer had also gone and the distant islands stood tall and clear of the heavy band of cloud that floated high above their summits. The Cuillin on Skye looked particularly close that night. Something magic seemed to hang in the air but I couldn’t quite sense what ?

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I decided to go for a row in my inflatable boat. Perhaps it was a shoal of mackerel that I sensed? The boat moved effortlessly across the water as my arms got into the swing of the oars. The boats movement was hindered by neither wind or tide. I wandered aimlessly among the skerries and feeling like I was floating on air. The sky started to darken slightly across the mountain tops.

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In the silence of the evening I caught a couple of mackerel just as the light started to fade. I rowed happily back to the shore, my thoughts were on a fresh fish breakfast in the morning. I was at peace with myself and the world. The sky started to turn various shades of pastel pink and red. The land started to turn various shades of blue through to black.

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That is when I realised this sunset was going to be something special. I landed and pulled the boat clear of the water and that is when the real magic started.

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I could do nothing but gaze in awe as the setting sun illuminated the heavy band of cloud from below, as it set behind the island of Rhum. The mountain tops cast shadows high into the flames of the red night sky.

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The glow slowly changed like a kaleidoscope for a full fifteen minutes, until the sun finally extinguished itself below the horizon in the Sea of Hebrides

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I have witness and photographed thousands of sunsets in my lifetime, but none quite so spectacular at this one which happened last Sunday Evening. Watching it made me realise just how lucky I was to be alive :-D
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby skuk007 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:56 am

Fabulous pictures Donny, must have been an amazing site. Something I certainly hope to see one day. :)
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby stomper » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:23 am

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: funtastic photo's i thought my sunstets in Nepal were good but i think these are better. I am an Arisaig next week but i doubt i'll get anything like this probably just rain and more rain pointless taking photo's of that :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby Merry-walker » Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:44 am

Pictures are stunning.
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby midgebite » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:43 pm

Absolutely stunning, jaw dropping just looking!!
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby missMHK » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:33 pm

wow. have paid good money for calendars etc with far less spectacular images!
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:56 pm

Amazing :D Yoy must have walked to your boat so it's still a walk report :D
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby kevsbald » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:46 pm

You are one lucky man. Beautiful and thank you for sharing - as others have said, others have made a lot of money out of less.
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby DonnyW » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:51 pm

Many thanks for your kind comments everyone, it truly was a remarkable sunset, but it was only a few moments from an incredible sea journey I made with my brother last week. I was exploring the coast line from Loch Nevis all the way down to Kentra Bay in Ardnamurchan in search of paradise. I found it in the many isolated sandy bays where we wild camped or simply stopped for lunch.

Another sunset behind the Island of Eigg on a quiet evening paddle past Loch Nan Ceall

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It wasn’t all plain sailing. There was a six foot swell crossing the wide open Sound of Arisaig. There is a heavily loaded sea kayak under the water somewhere in this photo :shock:

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A beautiful beach for wild camping on the headlands of Moidart

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Deserted sandy beach under blue sky at Camas an Lighe

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Lunch on the rocks of Eilean a Chaolais at the mouth of Loch Ailort

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Its what we do now our old knee joints are too worn to walk the hills.
I guess we call it Coast Line or Beach Bagging 8) :lol:

Health Warning : Going to sea in small boats is not for the inexperienced
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby malky_c » Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:05 pm

Nice return to these forums :D

Been missing your excellent coastal pictures.
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby morag1 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:41 pm

Wonderful - think these are the best photos I have ever seen :thumbup:
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby HighlandSC » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:07 pm

STUNNING pics Donny 8)

Been a while since you've posted anything - great way to come back! Hopefully you'll give us some more walk/row reports again :)
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby gammy leg walker » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:09 pm

[quote="malky_c"]Nice return to these forums :D

Cant agree more,youve been away far too long donny w,another set of stunning pictures.
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby IreneM » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:27 pm

Wow, Wow and thrice WOW!
Stunning pics - thanks for sharing, DonnyW :D
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Re: Best Sunset I have ever witnessed

Postby soulminer » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:39 pm

You are right, it is the best sunset you have witnessed. It is the best sunset we, on the other hand, have not witnessed, but your photos certainly make us wish we had :lol:
Cheers :thumbup:
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