Living on the Isle of Tiree you are conscious of sky and sea.
With our big skies we can see the approach of weather systems.
With our dark sky we often have an uninterrupted view of the moon and stars.
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The moon influences the sea around us.
It influences the tides – high and low, spring and neap.
It is not just that the moon can light up a silvery path across the water.
In recent years there has been a renewed interest in the names given to the full moon.
You may have heard weather forecasters referring to these names.
Native Americans tracked the seasons in this way.
They give each full moon a nickname.
Many Native Americans referred to May’s full moon as the ‘Flower Moon’.
Other groups referred to May’s full moon as the ‘Milk Moon’.
On Tiree ‘Flower Moon’ seems most appropriate.
In the song ‘Isle of Tiree’ by Moira Kerr, the second verse begins,
‘There are so many wild and pretty flowers,
to name them all would take for hours.’
Perhaps just a bit of poetic licence!
The Machair is beginning to bloom – white and yellow.
Across the island the iris flowers are starting to open.
Even on the edge of the beach there are flowers.
And on the rocky foreshore there are sea pinks.
This is indeed the month of the Flower Moon.
This is ‘Life on Tiree’. enjoying the month of May.
A month in which the flowers are responding to the warm sunshine.