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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Thursday, 20 March 2014

HAPPY TODAY. (20/03/14)

This site is much better than I thought it was on first acquaintance. I’ve decided to stop for at least ten nights. The weather was atrocious last night and this morning with storm force winds and heavy rain. It is brightening up now. Heavy showers and thirty five mile per hour winds are a vast improvement.

_MG_3199_200_201_tonemapped  Blue sky and on the left is the island of Rum.

_MG_3205_6_7_tonemapped Eigg to the left and Rum to the right.

_MG_3208_09_10_tonemapped The view looking inland. Tomorrow I’ll have a wander into Mallaig for a map. It is much cooler than it has been lately and it looks as if there is more snow on the way. It shouldn’t snow where I am as we are at sea level and the sea is warm here. Not warm enough for me to don my knitted cozy but warm by Artic standards.

It looks as if the weather will settle down from Sunday on. As and when the wind drops I’ll go and hide in the rocks with Bertha. It’s about time she earned her keep with a bit of birding. There are lots of birds here, mostly gulls of one sort or another but there are smaller jobs which I’ll try and identify.

image   Low tide and a 50mm view from the van. Life doesn’t get much better.

I’ll try for some snaps of Mallaig tomorrow.

32 comments:

  1. We had our last family holiday (I was eighteen) on Coll. It was beautiful. Your photos bring back happy memories. Someone killed a sheep and it was the most delicious "lamb" I have ever eaten. Happy days...

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    1. Frances, if the weather is kind then I find the west coast breathtakingly beautiful.

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  2. Once again, it looks like another fantastic setting you've found yourself in Adrian?
    You just need the weather to play ball now, although it doesn't look to bad in these images?
    I'm looking forward to seeing those bird images!!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor it is well worth the trip.
      The weather is still very windy with 60mph gusts and heavy sleet showers.
      Sunday things look as if they may be better. I'll go birding then.

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  3. It's a stunning part of the world. I love it.

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    1. Annie, it is. It's my first visit and I'm very impressed.

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  4. Ah, isn't it a beautiful life, the sands of Mallaig, can you tell me, but doesn't Mallaig have 'white' sand?

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    1. Bob, it is very pale sand when it dries out.

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  5. Adriaan what are you on a beautiful area.

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  6. What a great location. Would love to head to the western isles sometime.

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    1. Jeremy, it is worth the drive if you are lucky with the weather.

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  7. Have you got one of those one piece striped swimming costumes like those worn by Edwardian gentlemen? Let's see some pics of you frolicking in the sea. Visiting lady bloggers (and some blokes) will be salivating!

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    1. YP, no I've only got speedos and a wet suit that I can't fit into. I have no intention of going in the sea. The spray is freezing.

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  8. It's a long time since I went to Mallaig and I've never been to Coll nor Rum. Given that I pass the 'road ends' so frequently and have done for the last 40 years I should be ashamed of myself. I think a tour of the Inner Hebrides might be on my list for the next year or two. Ironic given that I know the Outer Hebrides better than the back of my hand.

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    1. Graham, the Road to the Isles is a good road. It took me less than an hour from Fort William. I wouldn't mind a trip on the ferry to Eigg but they are all cancelled at the moment.

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  9. I really had to puzzle my puzzler to figure out what the islands were. So I've got it. I'm looking at some bare rocks. It's great that you were surprised and found out that this is a good site after all.

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    1. Red, the rocks are just rocks. The islands are half hidden in the mist and rain. They are inhabited.

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    2. Now it makes sense. Thanks.

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  10. The beach looks very nice.

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    1. Maria, I suspect I'll be driven to macros of seaweed before much longer. It is freezinf cold.

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  11. This place is beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the scenery, if there are birds in the shots that will be a bonus.

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  12. Hi Adrian. I have just Ben catching up with your previous posts as I am still on holiday on I.o.w. and enjoyed them all. Weather seems to be kinder to you now sand ou got some lovely shots here. Certainly worth the visit. Have a great weekend .

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  13. Margaret, the weather is worse today. Very strong winds and hail and sleet. What a winter.

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  14. Looks great but I hear thunderstorms are on their way.

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    1. Douglas, the weather guessers are settling for wintery showers. It isn't nice weather and is much cooler.

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  15. So nice! The hauses in background are so beautiful

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    1. Laura, the development of rural sprawl is the one thing I dislike about Scotland.

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  16. A good place despite the bad weather. Paciencia ya mejorará!!
    Un abrazo.

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  17. Depending on the weather .... I could sit all day on the white sands and look out to the small isles.

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    1. Jay, I am lucky I can see them from the camper window.

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