Partial Eclipse

Partial Eclipse, Stoth, Ness
Partial Eclipse, Stoth, Ness

The day dawned bright; blue skies and sunshine Рagain! Drove up to Stoth, a small cove near the Butt of Lewis, but even as I was leaving I could see dank, low, grey clouds of drizzle  rolling in off the Atlantic.

Just by chance, there was a tiny break in the cloud, and managed to get a photo of the start of the eclipse, (below). For the duration of that eerie dull silence, nothing; but just at the end the cloud broke some more for a better view. Ironically, since the end of the eclipse, the weather has been beautiful.

Partial eclipse at the start
Partial eclipse at the start

Birdlife

Today has been an almost total contrast to yesterday; sunshine, blue skies and no snow! Here are a few of the birds seen around Ness today.

Barnacle Geese in Flight, Knockaird
Barnacle Geese in Flight, Knockaird
Oystercatcher, Port of Ness Beach
Oystercatcher, Port of Ness Beach
Stonechat
Stonechat
Waterfowl, Loch Stiapabhat
Waterfowl, Loch Stiapabhat
Fulmars, Port of Ness
Fulmars, Port of Ness
Golden Plover, Fivepenny Machair
Golden Plover, Fivepenny Machair
Barnacle Geese on the Croft, Knockaird
Barnacle Geese on the Croft, Knockaird

Snowfall

Overnight snowfall, very pretty this morning with a backdrop of sunshine and blue skies. Not so now – rain is back, and the thaw is on!

Fivepenny from the Machair
Fivepenny from the Machair
Fivepenny in the Snow
Fivepenny in the Snow
Looking towards the villages, from Lionel Machair
Looking towards the villages, from Lionel Machair
Knockaird in the Snow
Knockaird in the Snow
Flock of Barnacle Geese flying over the Ness Crofts
Flock of Barnacle Geese flying over the Ness Crofts
Old Decca Station from Lionel Machair
Old Decca Station from Lionel Machair
Out on the Moor
Out on the Moor
On the Moor, Out at the Sheilings
On the Moor, Out at the Sheilings

Signs of Spring?

I am probably not the most frequent, or even efficient user of Twitter. I have an account purely to promote my publishing business Two Ravens Press.

It was with some amusement today, hardly surprising as it is March, that I noted a popular hashtag appears to be #SignsofSpring.

Well here are my signs of Spring today. The land at the bottom of the crofts in Knockaird remain under water, and the villages of Fivepenny and Eoropie can hardly be seen for the snow showers.

Looking from Port of Ness towards Fivepenny and Eoropie
Looking from Port of Ness towards Fivepenny and Eoropie
Snow on the beach at the Inner Harbour, Port of Ness
Snow on the beach at the Inner Harbour, Port of Ness

At Port of Ness, the Inner Harbour has a layer of snow on the back shore.

I think that it is time to#TurnuptheHeating….

A Day of Contrast

There is still no sign of the weather settling just yet. It is still wild and windy here in our part of the Hebrides. Let me clarify that; today was odd. Looking from Eoropie to the Eye, and then going to the¬† Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, the sea was rough…..really rough; and it was freezing cold. Heading on down to the harbour, and Port of Ness, it seemed like a summers day – warm and sunny. The two places are probably not much more than a mile apart as the crow flies, or should that be Oystercatcher?

Oystercatcher, Port of Ness Beach
Oystercatcher, Port of Ness Beach
Checking out the Beach
Checking out the Beach
Looking towards Port of Ness, from the Beach
Looking towards Port of Ness, from the Beach
Waves breaking onto the cliffs at Eorodale
Waves breaking onto the cliffs at Eorodale
More waves at Eorodale,  taken from Port of Ness
More waves at Eorodale, taken from Port of Ness
Port of Ness Beach, looking towards Eorodale
Port of Ness Beach, looking towards Eorodale
The Eye
The Eye
The Eye, taken from Eoropie Machair
The Eye, taken from Eoropie Machair
Taken from the Butt of Lewis, Lighthouse
Taken from the Butt of Lewis, Lighthouse
Waves at the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
Waves at the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse