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Day 7 Continued….
We headed back to the cottage in late afternoon. By this time the cloud had started to move in and we debated whether it was worth the trip down to Elgol for the sunset. We decided that as it was our last night we would go anyway and make the most of the evening. We got to Elgol a couple of hours before sunset and started to look for suitable positions to capture the sunset, if we could see it through the cloud. I took a few images of the loads of smooth rocks along the waters edge, knowing that a mono conversion might be best for these due to the grey sky.
As the sunset got closer I headed to the spot I had picked out on my recce earlier. I waited patiently for the sunset and got a couple of shots that were OK.
At this point I was starting to pack up the camera gear. I thought that the sunset was over, then the bottom of the clouds started to turn pink and it was a mad rush to get everything back out and get somewhere with decent foreground interest to include in the sunset. The next shot was just the start of an amazing display.
For the next 5 minutes we were treated to one of the best sunsets I have ever seen. The whole sky lit up with angry shades of red, yellow and purple. It was hard to stop watching it and try and get a picture or two. The images cant really do the sunset justice as it was one of those ‘wow’ moments that last a lifetime.
It was a wonderful end to a great week of picture taking. I think the final tally was around 1900 shots taken. Out of that 1900, a lot were multiples of the same thing and a lot of shots went into making the panoramas. Out of the remainder I have got nearly 40 images that I was pleased with.
Once again Cameron has provided a video of the day’s locations.
Our last day on Skye. We decided to head to Talisker Bay. Once we parked at the end of a single track road, it was a short mile or so hike along a farm track to the bay itself. The walk was worth it as the bay revealed golden sand and loads of interesting rocks amongst the sand. While this location is prbably better later on in the day when the sun is lower in the sky, I still managed a couple of images I was happy with.
Day 6 Continued…..
After the nice early evening light at the fairy pools, the clouds started to roll in so we didnt want to travel too far for a sunset. We decided to have a look at the area around the narrows of Raasay, a small peninsula called An Aird. While Cameron decided to wander along to An Aird itself, I decide that the bay before it called Camas a Mhor-Bheoil looked a bit more promising. I walked down to the edge of the rocks and started looking for a good vantage point. After exploring the area for an hour or so the sun started to set, but the sunset was pretty poor with the heavy clouds and the slight spits of rain as well. I did manage to get a couple of images that I liked though.
A 5am rise saw us head for the Otter Haven at Kylerhea. After parking the car, a forest track leads to the viewing cabin. Unfortunately the cabin is some distance away from the waters edge. This meant that there was no chance of close-up photography even if we did spot any otters. We saw loads of seals playing around and basking on the rocks and the cabins binoculars came in handy to watch them. Cameron did manage to get some videos of the seals by stacking teleconvertors onto his 500mm though.
In the afternoon we headed for Glen Brittle and the Fairy Pools. These are a series of crystal clear, aqua pools along Coire na Creiche. A short walk of around a mile takes you to the start of the waterfalls and pools along the Allt Coir’ a Mhadaidh burn. We waited a while for the clouds to lift and the sun to reappear lighting up the Cuillin’s behind with early evening sunshine.
We decided to take a trip down the Sleat peninsula. We spent some time exploring the ruins of Dunscaith Castle or more properly known as Dun Sgathaich (Dun of the Shadow).
The view over Loch Eishort towards the Cuillin was well worth the trip too. This is a three image panorama.
Once again Cameron has provided the video including my crossing of the damaged entrance to the castle.