Only Ewe...

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ian johnston
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Only Ewe...

Post by ian johnston » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:24 pm

A couple of free midweek days with a cracking forecast for the north west... Ewe can't let it pass!

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An early start and onto the water by mid-morning, the weather omens all good....

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...the views most acceptable...


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...the wildlife engaging.....


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....and the luncheon stops very fine! My overnighter had been meticulously planned to take in Rubha Reidh at slack water with arrival and departure at the intended camp site coinciding with high water.

All of which was blown away in minutes by the unexpected arrival of a strong northeasterly wind from a clear blue sky and a fraught crossing of the mouth of the loch in hefty wind against tide.


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The "port of refuge" on the windward shore wasn't too bad though.


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If Ewe are going to be weather-bound, might as well make it somewhere good :-)



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The beach was very busy......


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...and the extended stay allowed exploration of the varied textures.....


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...shapes....


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...and patterns.


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There was a story here, and also....

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..an older tale.


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The sunset was nae bad...


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...and the view at 11pm not too shabby either....


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Ewe know what, I didn't mind this weather-bound business too much!


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Still windy from a blue sky but time to leave.....


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....for a morning's rock hopping and cave exploration on the way back.

Only Ewe :-)



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Post by Douglas Wilcox » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:43 pm

Wonderful Ian, Ewe will not be surprised to hear I am really sorry I missed this trip.

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Post by MikeB » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:30 pm

Fabulous, Ian.

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Post by Andy Harpur » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:53 pm

Great stuff Ian :o) I've spent 4 of the last 9 weeks working away; hoping that today's break in the great weather will see wall-to-wall sunshine resume soon...
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Post by Mark R » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:38 pm

All good, but I love the 'patterns' pic.
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Post by Jim » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:50 am

ian johnston wrote:A couple of free midweek days with a cracking forecast for the north west... Ewe can't let it pass!

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I spent the weekend about 500m from this spot - my dad warned me he was going to be too busy to go paddling, but failed to explain that I was going to also be too busy! Or that I was going to be coming home with a car full of timber and boat parts and a polo kayak....

Lovely part of the country! Even a lap of the isle or a pootle past the gardens to look at the tidal rapid make for nice paddles!

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Post by Yakdiver » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:06 am

Loved the photos
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Post by ian johnston » Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:14 am

Thanks All :-)

Mark, the patterns and textures of this beach were probably the highlight of the trip; I spent what many folk would consider an unhealthy amount of my time staring at rocks and sand!

Kind regards

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Post by buxtonmick » Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:19 pm

Great pics Ian but I'm certain that even they really don't do the subjects justice - you just cannot capture that 'being there' thing in a photo, I've always thought. Good to know I'm not alone in staring at sands and rocks (and lichens for me). many's the time I've had someone ask what I've lost!

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Post by Jim » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:06 pm

"Patterns" looks almost like the playa surface of a dry lake bed....

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Post by Jon352 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:52 pm

Fantastic photos, but with a thread title like that I was expecting sheep. Like these two ladies on the summit of Ben Vorlich a few weeks ago.

Ewenited we stand...

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Sorry! Just ignore me, I'm a raven loony.

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Post by ian johnston » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:12 pm

Hi Mick,

You're absolutely right, no image could replicate the intensity of the light on that beach.....

Jim, the patterns of lichen on these Old Red Sandstone are marvellous - I've played around with turning the image to mono - it would make a good "wozzit"!

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Brilliant Jon! we clearly have the same world view - not baaahking at all! :-)

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Post by soundoftheseagull » Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:00 pm

Fantastic photos
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Post by tuttle » Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:24 am

Love it.

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