Still Life

Calm! All is Bright!
It’s Friday and another calm day.
Hardly a breath of wind, hardly a ripple on the sea.

The pier reflected in the still waters
The pier reflected in the still waters

In spite of the brightness there is an early morning haze.
It is as if the colour has been drained out of sea and sky.
Nevertheless there are still reflections.

The Clansman hardly disturbs the stillness as she enters Gott Bay
The Clansman hardly disturbs the stillness as she enters Gott Bay

Some of the ‘Home Comers’ are departing early.
For some the ferry is the first leg of a long journey.
As goodbyes are said the morning plane passes low overhead.
Somehow even the twin otter’s engines are muted this morning.

The early morning plane from Glasgow to Tiree passes over the Clansman
The early morning plane from Glasgow to Tiree passes over the Clansman

A gull too is in the air.
His flight hardly breaks the stillness.
It is as if our feathered friend is frozen in the still air.

A gull appears frozen in the air
A gull appears frozen in the air

Vehicles are offloaded and loaded.
Foot passengers descend and ascend the gangway.
The ferry sits quietly awaiting the time for her departure.

The cavernous car deck of the Clansman - quietly awaiting the raising of the ramp
The cavernous car deck of the Clansman – quietly awaiting the raising of the ramp

The lanes for boarding are empty.
Pier road is clear of traffic
The pier office sits still.

Activity inside the pier office, calm reflected in the waters of Gott Bay
Activity inside the pier office, calm reflected in the waters of Gott Bay

This is ‘still life on Tiree’.

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