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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 11:47pm on 25/08/2005 under
As promised - more Skye sky and scenery!

We drove from Broadford to Kylrhea one day - along a tiny mountain road, all twists, turns and gradients. We stopped near the top of a pass where we could pull in, and looked down the way we were headed - towards the second narrowest sea strait between Skye and mainland Scotland. The narrowest point is where they have built the bridge - but Kylrhea to Glenelg is still a ferry route. Quite possibly one of the world's smallest sea-ferries!

Road to Kylerhea

This second picture the view along the strait between Skye and the mainland.

From Kylrhea

As you can tell – the weather was not as sunny that day as it was when I took some of the other pictures – but clouds are interesting too.

Whilst we waited for the tiny ferry I took a few pictures of what I could see around me – and I like these two in particular:

Lobster pots

Driftwood and stones at Kylrhea

And finally the ferry arrived – it is a four-car car-ferry – although my friend tells me that she has been on it when they have squeezed six vehicles on! The ferrymen have a dog that travels backwards and forwards with them all day.

Glenelg Ferry

As we crossed a seal kept an eye on us - but I know from experience with our seals here at home that seals do not photograph well when swimming - all you get is a small dark blob - so I didn't bother!

PS - sorry - forgot to reduce the size on a couple - and I'm too sleepy to do it reliably now - I might adjust them down a bit tomorrow!

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posted by [identity profile] at 11:14pm on 25/08/2005
Your photos reminded me of that soft grey quality of light that I remember in Scotland, very different from the light over here. Thanks for sharing.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:20pm on 25/08/2005
That soft grey light does make for atmospheric photos - although it also regularly makes for rain! That day it varied between sunshine and showers in very typical Scottish fashion.
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posted by [personal profile] elsaf at 11:27pm on 25/08/2005
The sky seems rather ominous in Skye. :-) Very nice pictures, though. Looks like a beautiful place to visit.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:22am on 26/08/2005
It is a very beautiful place - and it does do sky in a big way - sometimes so much sky that it is almost at road level!:~>
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posted by [personal profile] desdemonaspace at 12:03am on 26/08/2005
Very nice! Nicely composed still lifes, and the first two remind me of the North Shore (of Lake Superior.) Gorgeous.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:28am on 26/08/2005
Thank you. I read a fascinating book during the trip home, about where the Scots went when they left for North America - and like many others they often went for places that looked a bit like home. Although the Highlanders prefered somewhere with more fertile land than they had at home, but with mountains very near at hand. So there are probably McDonalds and McCleods around the North Shore area!
posted by [identity profile] at 12:41am on 26/08/2005
Seals are frustrating to photograph; I want to videotape them hunting salmon at the Fifth Avenue Bridge next month, because still photos are just hopeless.

This set of pics reminds me of my original reason for being obsessed with Skye: Mary Stewart's Wild Fire at Midnight.

Julia, as well as making me want to go to the Gulf Islands and get away from home for a bit
posted by [identity profile] at 07:33am on 26/08/2005
Didn't see a single bonfire though! I read a fascinating book on my way home - 'A Dance Called America' by James Hunter - which discussed what happened to emigrant Scots in North America - including settling the Northern Pacific coast, and I thought of you.
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posted by [identity profile] at 06:10am on 26/08/2005
Mountains, valleys and the sea - what more could you want! Lovely.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:34am on 26/08/2005
Thank you - it is a stunning place.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:27am on 26/08/2005
I like them big, you get more of a sense of the place. Beautiful photos.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:36am on 26/08/2005
Good - I will leave them this size just for you. (Which saves me down-sizing them, but it is just for you - honestly!)

PS: Note how beautifully I ignored all possible double entendres in your opening phrase!!
posted by [identity profile] at 11:46am on 26/08/2005
::whistles innocently::
posted by [identity profile] at 08:17am on 26/08/2005
Ooh, it looks cold. Shiver. But that wee little ferry is very entertaining - I wouldn't LIKE to be on it when they'd squeezed six cars on! The water doesn't look appealing at all, unless you have the physique of a seal :)
posted by [identity profile] at 11:20am on 26/08/2005
It wasn't all that cold - but not exactly sunny that day! THe wee ferry was teh cute!
posted by [identity profile] at 08:59am on 26/08/2005
Oh wow, even though I commented on the weather yesterday, I find the grey clouds in these so much more dramatic. Wonderful scenery too. Thanks for sharing :)
posted by [identity profile] at 11:21am on 26/08/2005
Yes - the clouds make dramatic look dramatic-er!!
posted by [identity profile] at 11:06am on 26/08/2005
That's it, I've got to get to Scotland one of these days! These pictures are gorgeous, and the one of the wood and the stones I like best of all.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:22am on 26/08/2005
Thank you - I think I'm going to use that one as my desk-top background for a while.
posted by [identity profile] at 12:08pm on 26/08/2005
Lovely pictures. The little tiny ferry looks as though it might topple over into the sea at any moment.
posted by [identity profile] at 12:20pm on 26/08/2005
They turn the bit the cars are on by hand to put it in line with the boat-bit when it is loaded ready to sail, so it becomes broad and low whilst actally crossing the water.
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posted by [identity profile] at 02:03pm on 26/08/2005
Once again: gorgeous! thank you, thank you.
posted by [identity profile] at 04:12pm on 26/08/2005
My pleasure - I will put a few more up tonight.
posted by [identity profile] at 02:26am on 27/08/2005
Ah! Now that looks more like the West Coast of Scotland that I know and love
posted by [identity profile] at 09:55am on 27/08/2005
Yep - damp - regularly damp!
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posted by [personal profile] jerusha at 03:15am on 27/08/2005
Wow. It's just so beautiful.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:57am on 27/08/2005
Thank you. It is a pretty stunning part of the world.


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