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Lismore - at last!

Readers of my website ( at least, those away from the seemingly blessed north-west coastal area of Scotland ) do not need reminding that this has probably been the worst summer of weather in living memory. For that fairly obvious reason, my planned 2012 photographic expedition to the island of Lismore, in the Firth of Lorne, had been postponed three times already. One of them, I should say, was called off with cameras, spare clothing and overnight downie all packed in the car; only a serious change of forecast at eight in the morning persuaded me not to travel - the BBC Weather Centre's switch in the forecast in less than twelve hours was VERY frustrating.....

All things come to pass, however, and on a glorious early August afternoon I accompanied the dustcart from Oban on the fifty minute ferry journey on "Isle of Eigg" out to the stunningly green Lismore, with - thankfully - beautiful skies and superb visibility in total command. The fact that I had contracted a stomach bug earlier in the week was annoying, but not sufficiently so to create feelings of apprehension as I ran the car down onto the slipway at Achnacroish. They followed an hour or so later, by which time the many joys of the island's location and stunning views in all directions had made their mark - so all was well.

While the afternoon and evening duly provided the light and visibility for some cracking shots, the forecast of a clear night and a bright start to the next morning was, sadly, again misplaced. A raft of cloud greeted the bleary opening of eyes at 5 a.m. and plans had thus to be changed again. Fortunately, there was sufficient of a cloud break to permit a couple of lovely pre-sunrise shots to Benderloch (click here); thereafter, all was flat grey and the arrival of the morning ferry thus brought any potential excitement of the sky breaking in time to an abrupt close. At least the job was half done and there was no fear of going home empty-handed. A terrific reflection of Ben Cruachan in the still water of Loch Etive (click here), just a mile or so east of Connel, put a nice bit of polish on a fairly exciting, if somewhat frustrating, expedition to one of Scotland's most beautiful islands.

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