Skye: The Hunt for the Aurora

P1000995The Aurora Borealis is visible on Skye on many nights each year. I have witnessed these curtains of light pulsating across the sky in Norway and Finland, but the prospect of seeing them in Scotland was attractive. However, the trip was blighted with swirling clouds and mist. It was on the last two days that it became apparent that the cottage was set among mountains. However, this can focus the attention on what is visible, such as black houses.

 

P59A4795A day to encircle the Quarang was accompanied by swirling mists that erupted into torrential rain and periods of bright sunlight.

 

 

 

 

P1000965The final drive back towards more settled weather was just as stunning. The damp road leads the eye towards the Cuillin Ridge, so packed with personal memories. The colours were as I had painted them.

 

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The aurora may have been illusive, but the vistas and skies were breath taking.

 

The Cuillin Ridge.

 

 

 

 

The clarity of the light, with the deep shadows, encouraged me to experiment with pen and ink and develop a small range of paintings – my interpretations of this landscape.

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The setting and conversations with people have helped me to understand more of Peter May’s novel, “The Black House”. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

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