Sunday, 6 November 2011

Over the sea to Skye

Food for the senses - doesn't this just make your mouth water?  This was yesterday morning coming down to loch Maree on our way to Skye
Enough of garage building. We have sunshine! We drove the meandering slow road to Kyle of Lochalsh.  I've highlighted the route in purple. Much of it single  track with passing places. Just simply stunning. Down past Torridon and round the bend at Sheildaig
 I love it. Just being in it makes me happy like no other landscape I know
A landscape of light and shade, sunshine and rainbows
The sun is so low in the sky now, it creates strong stark contrasts of light and dark on the mountains and hill sides
 
Over the sea to Skye. I've only even been over this bridge in the rain and mist and wind. I didn't realise there were mountains!
We set out to see the Cuillin  hills on the Isle of Skye

 and we weren't disappointed. They were beautiful - at least the bits we could see.
By the time we arrived we had left it too late for a real walk but decided anyway to set out on a track to get an idea
Whoops...!
 The sun started setting
 turning the hills a delicate shade of pink
But when the moon appeared we knew it was time to turn round and come down!
It was just so good to be out in such amazingly beautiful and overwhelming scenery. It was wall to wall and full on the whole day. There is just so much here that is almost indescribably beautiful, and simply quite breathtaking  
The garage is finished - just. Apart from a coat of paint and roof tiles. My job (one of them!) is to paint the garage floor - I shall look forward to that! I will put photos on. But wanted to share this most wonderful day before it's back to the grindstone!                                                                                                                                                                     

15 comments:

Doohie said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Ollie Hoffmann said...

Well done Mum and Dad :) glad you got away like you'd said, and you got to Skye too! Looks amazing

annie hoff said...

Well, thank you young Ollie! We drove past Liathach in Torridon, where you and Anna clinbed - it looked wonderful

old_black said...

I don't know how many pictures you culled to come up with this group, but you certainly have a lot of spectacular images there.
It's almost impossible to pick a favourite, but I think the picture of just starting out on the foot-track would be my selection. I love the composition, the contrasting ground colours, the sharpness of the horizon, the slightest suggestion of a threat in the clouds contrasting with the bright blue of the sky, the smallness of the figure in the landscape...

ADRIAN said...

This is a wonderful set.......Difficult to get such light maintained for a day. The sunset is perfect the little cloud casting crepuscular rays. Brilliant!

Dan said...

Oh, gorgeous pictures, Annie! The light really was amazing this weekend, it made everything shine.
You're right, this looks much more fun than painting the garage!
Dan
-x-
PS. love the little snippets of rainbows you've captured.

A Garden of Threads said...

I visited Scotland this August and visited the Isle of Skyle and fell in love. It was the best part of the trip. Your pictures reminded me of my time there, THANK YOU. Take care and have a great day:)

Floridagirl said...

The first picture is almost exactly like one we took when we went to the Isle of Skye in '07. I love Scotland, the scenery, the history and the people were friendly. Sometimes a little reserved at first but engaging once they figured out we were there to truly see their country not compare it to ours. Looked like a beautiful day! I'm glad you got to enjoy it.

Mac n' Janet said...

Wonderful pictures, as always, though all were stunning I think the sunset picture was my favorite.
We've had paint for our garage floor sitting out there for more than a year, let me know how your painting goes.

Lucille said...

What a wonderful walk to share. Many thanks.

Carmen said...

Annie, this is such a beautiful area. A muscle massage for the senses. I particularly enjoyed the rainbows. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to reading more on your blog.

Carmen

Linda said...

You're the second Scottish blogger to have posted about Skye this week, and it's giving me itchy feet to see it in autumn. Those warm autumn tones in the landscape are so beautiful. You didn't take the Glenelg ferry then? I suppose if you were pressed for time it would have added a few hours to the day.

S. Etole said...

What incredibly breathtaking scenery! Delightful.

christinelaennec said...

I love the part of that road where you drive through the tunnel, and the train tracks go alongside - I'm not sure why! Your photographs are absolutely stunning, especially capturing the rainbows and the colours of the landscape(s). Thank you very much.

Cara said...

Wow, your photography is breath-taking! First visit to your blog, but I'll be back.

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