Friday, 21 July 2017

Machir Bay to Kilchiaran

Lots of ravens and choughs behind Machir Bay and eider ducks and chicks playing in the surf on the beach. Hares and  a calling corncrake; buzzard and peregrines followed by tea and cake at Rockside.

Julia Garner - Summer exhibition

Well the exhibition is finally up at Mae's Tearooms and Gallery in Uldale. Here are just a few shots of the show - thanks to all those that came to the preview - it was a very pleasant evening and thanks to Mae's for hosting the event.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Ballygrant to An Claddach, Islay

We call this 'The guaranteed otter' walk and once again the walk lived up to its name! Lovely views of a golden eagle in a silvery light too. Burnet moths; dark green fritillaries; roe deer; speckled wood; red deer; greater skull cap; cow wheat; eggar moth; emperor moth caterpillar and seals ....the list goes on!

Kildalton cross, Islay.

Kildalton Cross is one of the finest early Christian crosses in Scotland, the High Cross of Kildalton, is closely related to three major crosses in Iona, St John's, St Martin's and St Oran's and dates from the second half of the 8th century. The cross stands 2.65 metres in height, with arms 1.32 metres across. It is fortunate the local grey-green epidiorite stone, a single slab of which was used for the Cross, is not only very hard rock, but also seems to be resistant to lichens for, although somewhat weathered, the main features can still be identified. (

After walking up Beinn Bheigier a quick visit to Kildalton Cross, with lovely blue skies! 

Beinn Bheigier, Islay.

The next walk was up Beinn Bheigier. Parked up at Claggain Bay and then followed the track up to the summit. Good views of a buzzard flying with an adder in its talons amongst other things!

Top left; looking up to Beinn Bheigier.
Top right; Claggain Bay
Others ; summit views.
Drinker moths; golden plover; emperor moth caterpillar; small pearl-bordered fritillary; heather; golden ringed dragonfly and fir club moss.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Gelli print patchwork

Three different patchworks from prints that weren't good enough in their own right, but combined they are quite pretty. Sorry for the poor quality pictures - it was a bit late to take them really!


New yellow horned-poppy record!

The next day was spent walking from Bowmore, along the coast,  to Laggan Point. The highlight of the day was finding a big stand of yellow horned-poppy which has since been confirmed as a new to the vice-county of Islay, Jura and Colonsay. The closest record previously was from 2001 from Mull and Kintyre.

Another highlight was the otter that popped up while stopped for lunch together with the usual seals, black guillemots, dunlin, fulmar, a juvenile golden eagle and large flocks of twite.

Eel grass and Japweed seaweed.