Just 24 Hours Later

It’s hard to believe the complete transformation!
We woke up to the sound of silence.
No howling gale, just stillness.

Roll on 24 Hours and Gott Bay is transformed
Roll on 24 Hours and Gott Bay is transformed

Monday 3:00pm and we are in the midst of a storm.
Winds on the island were gusting to 70mph.
The sea around the island was in turmoil.
The car was being rocked by the wind.
And the rain was lashing down.

The waves breaking on the pier at the height of the storm
The waves breaking on the pier at the height of the storm

Tuesday 3:00pm and is a completely different story.
The air is still and you can safely walk down the pier.
The view is almost tropical – blue skies and seas.
The only give away is the temperature.
Still it is February

What a transformation - this is tropical Tiree
What a transformation – this is tropical Tiree

On Monday the pier’s roundhead was a dangerous place.
Waves driven by 70mph gusts lashed the roundhead.
Today it is bathed in sunshine.

Tuesday’s weather draws you outside.
No leaning into the wind to stay upright.
It is an afternoon that you want to be outside.

The remnants of the storm - the swell rolling colourfully.
The remnants of the storm – the swell rolling colourfully.

The only hint of  Monday’s storm was the sight and sound of the swell.
The other hint was the sand driven across the Machair.
Yesterday seems a world away.

Scarinish Lighthouse in swell conditions
Scarinish Lighthouse in swell conditions

Walk back towards home across the sands of Scarinish old harbour.
The waters of the harbour act as a mirror.
The sun is beginning to set.

Scarinish Old Harbour as the sun sets
Scarinish Old Harbour as the sun sets

You can’t go home yet!
Walk on down towards the pier.
You might just catch the setting sun.
On the way passing Tiree’s Memorial.

Tiree's Memorial
Tiree’s Memorial

Look up there!
It’s the moon and it is so clear.
Can you believe it? The sun hasn’t quite set.
“How do I adjust the camera to capture the moon?”

The moon overhead as we return to the pier
The moon overhead as we return to the pier

It was worth it staying out.
What pleasure the colours of the setting sun afford.
From the Pier the waters of Gott Bay are transformed by the low sun.

The sun setting in the west from the Pier
The sun setting in the west from the Pier

With the sun setting and a clear sky it will be a cold night.
On Tiree we will not experience Mainland temperatures.
The temperature will drop but it will certainly not plunge.

For larger pictures of the setting sun double click

Before going indoors one last glance up towards the moon.
The sky is blue but the clouds reflect the sun which has just set.
To think last night the wind was still howling around the house.

Goodnight from what has felt like a Tropical Tiree.
After all we do have some palm trees.
Strategically placed at the pier.

This is 'Life on Tiree'
This is ‘Life on Tiree’

LIFE ON TIREE

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