It is March the 1st today – and it seems to have ‘come in like a lamb’. It was beautifully sunny most of the day and the sun was warm. I found a first primrose in the field below the Treshnish Cottages, as we walked the dogs this afternoon. We didn’t see the Orcas that Ewan fro Nature Scotland saw not that far from here. But hey ho, can’t win them all..
Tonight, early evening, the skies came alive with the strongest Aurora Borealis we have seen in a long time. I think it might almost be a year since we saw a display like this evening! For the first time this winter I decided to go over to Croig and see if I could catch some colour on the high tide.
I hadn’t ever experienced aurora with rain before, but I got quite wet on my first attempt. The rain clouds soon moved off and the skies cleared again.
The house at the end of the pier has an outside light on each evening, and it lights up the fishermen’s sheds beautifully. There was not a breath of wind. Sometimes I hear Herons and Oystercatchers but tonight it was quiet.
The temperature was around freezing. Millions of stars. The waters of Calgary Bay on the way home were almost luminous so I knew the Aurora was still displaying and I could see the glow. When I got back to the house, I set the camera up outside. Farmer and Daughter came out to have a look. Suddenly we could see shafts of light ripping along the Isle of Coll, dancing before our eyes. It was so beautiful and so exciting – in the true sense of the word, it was marvellous.. humbling and awesome.
What a splendid way for March on Mull to begin. Please remember, tonight we could see the shafts of light and the green glow. The camera (long exposure) picks up the pinks and reds, the colours we couldn’t see.