Sunrise To Sunset

First thing this morning the senses were rather dulled.
We should never have stayed up so late last night.
It was all the fault of the Snow Moon.

Crossapol Beach bathed in Hebridean Winter Sunshine
Crossapol Beach bathed in Hebridean Winter Sunshine

It did not take too long to come round.
From first light the sky was painted blue.
This is Hebridean sunshine, blue but cold.
However, not quite as cold as on Mainland Scotland.

Ben More viewed from Baugh
Ben More viewed from Baugh

A dominant feature of the sky to the east is Ben More.
Beinn Mhòr, meaning “great mountain” is on the Isle of Mull.
It is Mull’s highest Mountain and only Munro (being over 3,000 feet).
It is the highest peak in the Inner Hebrides apart from those on the Isle of Skye.

Ben More viewed from Scarinish
Ben More viewed from Scarinish

Today thee was a clear view across the Passage of Tiree.
Few clouds or mist to hide the majestic Beinn .
Mull’s costal cliffs could be discerned.

MV Clansman with Ben More as a backdrop and the sky a picture in itself
MV Clansman with Ben More as a backdrop and the sky is a picture in itself

Tiree is a low lying island.
It is known as ‘the Land below the Sea’.
However, mount a bicycle and you soon learn it isn’t flat.

The late afternoon sun reaching across the Passage of Tiree to Ben More
The late afternoon sun reaching across the Passage of Tiree to Ben More

Tiree has a ‘beautiful situation’ right at the heart of the Hebrides.
Perhaps because it is low lying it makes you appreciate mountains.
And sometimes, as today, the mountains can feel as if they are on Tiree.

Sunset over Gott Bay
Sunset over Gott Bay

Daylight hours concluded with a Tiree Special Sunset.
It was no wonder that we received a message saying,
What a stunning afternoon and sunset we’re having;
spent the afternoon looking out on beautiful seascape.
Then taken someone home to Kirkapol
to an amazing backdrop of vivid pink
with two ancient chapels silhouetted
. . . chust sublime !

Sundown as the sun drops below the horizon
Sundown as the sun drops below the horizon

Hebridean sunshine lifts the spirits
.
For me it goes even deeper.
I want to give the Creator thanks . . .
Not just for the beauty that surrounds us
But for eyes, mind and spirit that can appreciate it.

Above Scarinish, dramatic clouds are transformed by the setting sun
Above Scarinish, dramatic clouds are transformed by the setting sun

The Bible song writer says,
Praise him from sunrise to sunset!
(The Bible – Psalm 113:3]

Now watch the video ‘Hebridean Sunset’

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ enjoying Hebridean Sunshine.

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