Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Beaches of Harris

On Friday Partner-who-loves-tea and I went down the Isle of Harris.


Saturday, 25 July 2015

More nice rock!

My Mum always likened the hills of the Isle of Harris to a moonscape and it would not surprise one to see a moon-buggy suddenly round the corner of these rocks…

Friday, 24 July 2015

Ness and the Butt of Lewis

The Loch Seaforth arriving at Stornoway with Partner-who-loves-tea on board.

She brought the sunshine – and her camera, of course!

It was useful to hide behind when GB drove us up to Ness at the NE corner of the Island on Wednesday.

If I’m not photographing pillar boxes I’m photographing Royal Mail vans – how weird is that?

From Ness we went round the corner to the Butt of Lewis. 

GB photographing seabirds.

Black Guillemots.

Nesting Fulmars – note the little chick behind the one on the left.

One of the stacks.

Some of the wonderfully folded strata.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Thursday Tomfoolery

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Stornoway in Colour

Even on the greyest of days Stornoway is a very colourful town.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Arnish and Tiumpan Head Lighthouses

A couple of my friends are lighthouse enthusiasts and there are plenty to see around the Isle of Lewis.  

The light at Arnish is passed as boats enter Stornoway harbour.  It was built in 1853.  Thomas Stevenson used the light to test his latest invention – an ‘apparent light’.  This involved using a buoy with prisms to reflect the light so that ships saw not only the Arnish light but also the light reflected off the seamark. 

Tiumpan Head lighthouse was approved in 1879 – as much to keep an eye out for illegal fishing as to safeguard vessels from the rocks.  It was designed by the Stevenson brothers and became operational in 1900.  It is now automatic and the rest of its buildings have been converted to a kennels and cattery.

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