Moonlighting

Life on Tiree has been busy during the past week, but often the weather has not been ideal for photography. On Wednesday the 20th of January from sunrise to sunset the sun was around for the most of the time. In the afternoon we had an opportunity to see the work progressing on two new builds at Kirkapol and while we were on site the sun was memorable.

The Golf Ball on Ben Hynish from Kirkapol.
The Golf Ball on Ben Hynish from Kirkapol.

The adverse weather on Thursday meant no ferry. Thus, with no crossing from Tuesday, Saturday’s sailing took on an even greater importance. The shelves in the Co-Op were looking very bare and families were looking forward to being reunited.

The Clansman prepares to berth at Scarinish
The Clansman prepares to berth at Scarinish

Due to the stormy weather with winds gusting over 50mph the 7.15am sailing from Oban was delayed until until 12:30pm. The hour came and went and there was still no sign of the ferry having left port. Just over two and a half hours later at 15:04 due to a serious incident on board, the much delayed Clansman left Oban bound for Coll and Tiree.

With the moon high in a fast moving cloudy sky and the tide just past past high tide, the Clansman berthed. With no ferry since Tuesday, the vessel was busy, especially with commercials.The wind made it difficult for the foot passengers who with the prevailing conditions had to use the link-span and ramp. It also made it hard to hold the camera steady!

Viewed from the old Pier
Viewed from the old Pier

The pier is always atmospheric in the hours of darkness with the pier lights on and the vessel picked out by its own spotlights. However this evening the moon was present and as the Clansman headed out to see Gott Bay was a pool of moonlight.

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