Tiree’s Burning Bush

Today’s walk was around the crofting township of Scarinish.
It’s a walk that we do  most days, weather permitting
and takes in the pier, old harbour and lighthouse.

Kirkapol
The view from the pier across Gott Bay towards Kirkapol

Having made our tour of the pier
we headed across the machair
towards the old harbour.

The view towards the Dutchman's Cap and Ben More on Mull
The view towards the Dutchman’s Cap and Ben More on Mull

The setting sun was reflected in the sky all around.
Even the eastern sky across Mull was pink.
To the west the sun was dropping.

Scarinish beach looking towards Ben Hynish
Scarinish beach looking towards Ben Hynish

As we left the beach and crossed the road
our eyes saw a strange sight
a bush that was on fire
yet did not burn.

The burning bush
The burning bush

So we stopped to take a closer look.
Unlike its Biblical counterpart this bush did not burn.
It was but the effect of the setting sun directly behind the bush.

A reminder of a bush that was on fire but did not burn
A reminder of a bush that was on fire but did not burn

So our walk continued over the machair
and slowly through the township
transformed by the sunset.

It is not just the sun that transforms the machair.
The recent heavy rain has created tarns and lochens.
What a powerful mix – the setting sun on those tarns.

Heading for our all electric home
a smoking chimney reveals a living fire.
Hearth and Home.

The chimney betrays a fire lit for the evening
The chimney betrays a fire lit for the evening
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