There was a lot of weather in Ullapool this morning.
It followed me home
I stopped the car opposite the house on the lochside
and watched as the rain slowly but surely travelled up the loch in unhurried but determined manner. I stepped out of the car and took some photos. The rain passed me by with inches to spare.
On it went up the head of the loch and beyond
The sun shone where moments before there had been rain. The excess water thundered off the hillside in cascades of silver ribbons
Looking back towards Ullapool the next weather front was heading up the loch
And, if all that excitement wasn't enough, within moments of arriving home a large noisy flock of fieldfares settled on the surrounding trees
I rushed for the bird book, binoculars and camera lens - some people have all these things to hand, not us. The birds waited patiently while I identified them. Towards the left of the picture and down a bit is a redwing, often seen in the company of fieldfares. These birds will have spent the summer in north and eastern Europe and are now coming south for the winter.