Winter is often a great time for watching waves coming in from the Atlantic Ocean and there is probably no better place on Islay to do so than on the south-western tip of the island, at Port Wemyss and Portnahaven. The latter is particularly interesting around Claddach, the part between Portnahaven and the Currie Sands, close to where the Wavegen Power Station used to be. The Power Station is dismantled but it remains a fabulous place to watch sunsets, and most of all waves. Today was such a day, wall to wall sunshine and a rather turbulent sea at times. The waves sounded like thunder when they crashed on the rocks.
The weather has been quite settled this last week with northerly winds, clouds, sunny spells and hardly any rain. From a photographers point of view it has certainly become more interesting as the light has become a lot better. August hasn’t been all that great, lightwise that is, probably due to a constant southerly to westerly wind which was responsible for hazy conditions and rather flat light. Work brought me to Portnahaven this morning, always great to be there. And as you can see the light was lovely with sunny spells in between rather dark clouds. The moody atmosphere reminded me of winter which isn’t far away now.
Spring has advanced and now that the Bluebells stopped flowering many other flowers on Islay, with a boost from the recent sunshine and warmer weather, have taken over. Where winter saw a carpet of brown dead leaves on the forest floor, now it’s an abundant display of flowers in yellows, whites, purples and pinks. Also the cotton grass is out on the wetter parts of the moorland, dancing happily in the spring wind. This is a fabulous time of the year on Islay!