As Darkness Descends

The descending darkness was a harbinger of a change in the weather.
Thick dark clouds prevented any real colourful sunset.
An hour earlier it was still the sunny isle.
The ferry left in blue skies.

The Tuesday ferry departs in sunshine.  (18:55)
The Tuesday ferry departs in sunshine. (18:55)

The decision was made to visit Balephuil beach.
In a vain attempt to capture the sunset.
(The chauffeur’s favoured beach)

Ben Hough as darkness descends
Ben Hough as darkness descends

From West Hynish we looked across Loch A’Phuil to Ben Hough.
There was but a hint of colour in the western sky.
The Ben looked more rugged in the darkness.

Balephuil Bay
Balephuil Bay

“Did you see it?”
“Watch! There it is again!”
It was the Skerryvore Lighthouse beam.

Skerryvore Lighthouse some 12 miles distant
Skerryvore Lighthouse some 12 miles distant

“Do you hear it?”
You could hardly miss it.
The birdsong coming from the shoreline.
Listening carefully you could also hear birdsong from the dunes.

Oyster Catchers
Oyster Catchers

Deepening darkness robbed us of colour.
The thick cloud stole the sunset.
Yet the walk was beautiful.
Haunting.

West Hynish as darkness descends
West Hynish as darkness descends

The chauffeur’s fond farewell to Balephuil for another visit.
This is “Life on Tiree’ as darkness descends.

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