Best Sunset I have ever witnessed
by DonnyW » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:39 am
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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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by DonnyW » Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:51 pm
Another sunset behind the Island of Eigg on a quiet evening paddle past Loch Nan Ceall
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
A beautiful beach for wild camping on the headlands of Moidart
Deserted sandy beach under blue sky at Camas an Lighe
Lunch on the rocks of Eilean a Chaolais at the mouth of Loch Ailort
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
Health Warning : Going to sea in small boats is not for the inexperienced
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by malky_c » Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:05 pm
Been missing your excellent coastal pictures.
by HighlandSC » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:07 pm
Been a while since you've posted anything - great way to come back! Hopefully you'll give us some more walk/row reports again
by gammy leg walker » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:09 pm
Cant agree more,youve been away far too long donny w,another set of stunning pictures.
by IreneM » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:27 pm
Stunning pics - thanks for sharing, DonnyW
by soulminer » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:39 pm
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