I've arrived!

It is about a one hour walk from where I left the car to this point. You can only access this area on foot, or boat. I was the only person here.

As I was decanting on my vantage point on the cliffs, above the sea, I realised I'd dropped my fleece on the walk down. I hate losing things, so I headed back to find it. Of course, it was near the start of the walk. I got plenty of exercise to-day.

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The view in the other direction from my vantage point.

The tide was coming in, so, the waves were hitting against the rocky outcrops, creating white breakers. Another 45 minutes later and the islets were completely covered.

The grassy parts were extremely rich in wildflowers. This may have been due to a nutrient rich soil. The plants, and flowers, even seemed to survive grazing by the sheep.

I was surprised to find that the flowers were mostly the same ones I knew from home. I had expected more seaside specific plants.

Common Spotted Orchid
Urach bhallach
Dactylorhiza fuchsii

These orchids are common just about anywhere.

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In the boggy areas around the margins of the cliffs and just above the shoreline there were many Yellow Irises (Seileasdair -
Iris pseudacorus).

In fact, I don't think I've see so many of them in one place before. They were thriving.

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I did see a couple of flowers that were seaside specific. The first one I found was:

Armeria maritima

This flower is sometimes called Sea Pink, for rather obvious reasons.

It must be a hardy plant that can survive without many nutrients, as I typically found them growing on nearly bare rock. The flowers have five pink petals, and five stamens, ending in prominent yellow anthers.

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The other flower I found was:

Marsh marigold
Caltha palustris

These are fairly common in most parts of Scotland, but not where I live. This variety seemed to be particularly suited to the rocky foreshore, in the area above the maximum tide. Even so, they must be quite salt tolerant. Most marigolds I see have five petals, these all had six. Marigolds belong to the Buttercup family.

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The presence or lack of salt doesn't just have an effect on the plant life. A metre or two above the maximum tide mark were pools of freshwater, with animals you could find anywhere inland.

This pool had Tadpoles, a Newt, and a Pond Skater on the surface.

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Just two metres away, and below the maximum tide level, life was entirely different. Lots of colourful creatures in the water, including these bright red Beadlet anemones (Bun-dùn - Actinia equina).

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The beach area was the location of a now long abandoned village. Several of the old cottages have been re-built as holiday homes. They are simple constructions, made from local stone. Consequently, the cottages blend with their surroundings. I think they look great.

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I had intended walking further along the coast to the sandy beach, but I spent so much time investigating rock pools that I ran out of time.

I did stop at a few locations to take photos on my way home. One I couldn't resist was the wee lighthouse at An Corran, especially as it was freshly painted. Always one of my favourites, in the sunshine the lighthouse looked stunning. A fitting end to my saga.

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@fitheach the scenery in your photos is all gorgeous. I’ll have to head up that way when I can. It’s funny as France is a lot closer than Scotland for me.

Funny how geography works; Norway is nearer for me than France. 😉

@fitheach Huh, funny thing to look into: Bergen is nearer to me than Liverpool, just, by about 5km. 🙄 @Luke

When I think of Bergen, I always think of Liverpool, too. 😃


@fitheach just being nosey but do you work with nature in some way or do you just enjoy it a lot?

No, just a hobby. I find nature fascinating, and I enjoy photographing what I find.

@fitheach Awesome. Always enjoy your posts with photos of nature in.

@fitheach Wonderful. I used to hunt for newts as a kid.

I've always liked newts, too. They seem rarer than frogs & toads, and therefore more special.

@fitheach @kensanata

Here (Galiza) it's also called "Herba de Namorar" (grass to fall in love?) and "Empreñadeira" (to get pregnant?). All both make reference to the "magic" properties this flower/plant has. It's part of the ancient culture, legends and traditions.

You can read more on wikipedia (galician version of the article) gl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herba_de about how this traditions coluded with christianity's morale

Few days ago I also make some pictures pixelfed.social/p/xosem/171840

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