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going cuckoo over a sunrise inversion

going cuckoo over a sunrise inversion


Postby litljortindan » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:55 pm

Date walked: 29/05/2018

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 3 km

Ascent: 140m

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I had wanted to do an early morning walk to avoid the heat but I'd had a busy time the day before so it was a struggle to get out of bed at a time to catch the early light and cooler temperatures I wanted, particularly where I'd planned to go.
Indeed, as I set off behind schedule through the pea soup fog at 30mph it dawned on me that, with the forecast inversion, maybe something local would be a better plan. But would anything local nudge above the forecast cloud top of 450m?
As I got closer to our local hill, Fourman Hill (344m), I could see hints that this might be the case but I've been in that situation before where the cloud toys with dipping below the top but never does so I was prepared to write off the walk and revert to plan A if necessary.
No need for plan A though! I broke into the cloud/fog top level just before reaching the parking spot. Wasn't entirely convinced at this point that I would get a clear top but I got a good view over to Knock Hill's top sitting proud of the fog sea.
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The sea I saw.

The way ahead was still pre-dawn murky and misty though and it wasn't yet possible to see if there would be a clear top. Didn't take long though for all the doubt to fall away as after another 100m of ascent I was standing on a seeming island with a familiar landscape now rendered other worldly with the glens flooded in cloud.
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On an island.

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I really couldn't move very much, or get my eyes away from the drama below with many differing patterns of cloud being illuminated by the pre-dawn diffracted light.

Is there any point in trying to describe such a scene? Just about every minute there was a subtle change in the view with the onslaught of the sunrise drawing closer and closer. And as an acoustic backdrop there was the usual dawn chorus dominated by what seemed a battle between two cuckoos or perhaps it was single cuckoo going cuckoo.

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The sun starts to rise.

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An image that lasts for what thirty seconds.

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Like a wind that blows though you, a view that passes through you.


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I manage to tear my eyeballs away from the sunrise.

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From near the top a view to Tap o' Noth and The Buck.

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Tap o' Noth again.

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Ben Rinnes.

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On the way down the view is still mesmerising.

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Happy with the morning to say the least. Fair to say I made the right decision.

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Starting to look more familiar. When stripped of the inversion and sunrise this is still a very fine wee hill.

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View east.

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More typical Fourman scenery.

ImageDSC08693 by John Little, on Flickr
Was it all a dream? It feels that way now.

Last edited by litljortindan on Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:56 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: going cuckoo over a sunrise inversion

Postby rockhopper » Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:00 pm

Yup, good decision right enough :thumbup: Great when you get such good conditions on a walk. Nice set of photos to illustrate it too - cheers :)
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Re: going cuckoo over a sunrise inversion

Postby litljortindan » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:58 pm

rockhopper wrote:Yup, good decision right enough :thumbup: Great when you get such good conditions on a walk. Nice set of photos to illustrate it too - cheers :)


Thanks. I had the feeling that if I drove west everything would've burnt off by the time I got there and I wanted to miss the warm part of the day.
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Re: going cuckoo over a sunrise inversion

Postby Alteknacker » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:08 am

Heck - no words adequate.

"Like a wind that blows though you, a view that passes through you." Indeed.

The reason I started doing WHRs - I suddenly realised that my memory of sunrise on the Cuillins was limited to imperfect memory, and a few very poor pics.

PS How do you know there'll be an inversion??? The best I've experienced was June 12 2014 in the Mullardochs, but had no idea it would happen; and none of the others were expected...
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Re: going cuckoo over a sunrise inversion

Postby litljortindan » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:07 pm

Alteknacker wrote:Heck - no words adequate.

"Like a wind that blows though you, a view that passes through you." Indeed.

The reason I started doing WHRs - I suddenly realised that my memory of sunrise on the Cuillins was limited to imperfect memory, and a few very poor pics.

PS How do you know there'll be an inversion??? The best I've experienced was June 12 2014 in the Mullardochs, but had no idea it would happen; and none of the others were expected...


Yes, it's good to write up walks I find, even if it turns out to be just for yourself. Though I've only done this for a few years now it is interesting to look back the early attempts and just a good thing for the brain to try to write stuff (no matter how bad!).
I've noticed, by virtue of others' reports, that mwis seems to be able to predict inversions or at least they point out when they think there will be cloud in the glens and at what levels. I'm never usually motivated enough to take advantage though.
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/walking-above-the-clouds/0013855/
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Re: going cuckoo over a sunrise inversion

Postby litljortindan » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:57 pm

Now with cuckoos.
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