January 15th, 2012

Easter Island


Well, it's still winter, but in the spring yellow is a color that fills the desert, and I have tons of great shots from our botanical gardens -- so flowers it is (and I was pleased with this one, yellow columbine with visitor):

Behind again


Call this a "soft focus" portrait of the newest addition to my family (that means the focus isn't as sharp as I'd like...especially her eyes, which would be best for this theme).

Emma is about 16 years old, and came to us via our neighbors who moved back to Michigan last August.



A bit out of focus, because it's small and when you zoom in too close with any of my cameras, you lose clarity, but here is a very ambitious winter aconite (aka yellow twinkle) that has been trying to bloom since our warm days last week. Normally, I wouldn't expect to see these poking their little heads up until 3 or 4 weeks from now. Of course, we also had some daffodils trying to come up, but I think they've thought better of it. lol

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There isn't much around that is yellow at the moment and I don't even have any bananas in the house!

This is one from eighteen months ago taken from the slipway at Kylerhea waiting for the ferry to Glenelg on the mainland. That water was very still and the sun was shining nicely. curiouswombat will know exactly where I mean.

As a bit of a rambling aside the first picture I ever posted in LJ was one of a road sign stating "Strome Ferry (no ferry)" as much as anything to entertain curiouswombat


But Strome Ferry will have a (temporary) ferry from tomorrow!

There was a rock fall on the Strome Ferry by-pass in December.  Please bear with that name as that is what it is called; it is actually a single track road with passing places with high, unstable, cliffs to one side and on the other side a single track rail line and then Loch Carron. So the road is blocked and more rock is falling. The diversion is via Inverness so quite a long way away. If I wanted to go to the garage (I mean the car mechanics, if that is not the word used in USA / Canada) that I use instead of 30 miles / 45 minutes each way the trip would be about 160 miles / 4.5 hours each way, not even thinking about the cost of the diesel fuel.

So, getting to the point, Highland Council have arranged for the Glenachulish, which is the turntable ferry that does the Kylerhea - Glenelg journey in the summer to provide cover for an unspecified number of weeks. They have also engaged a summer tourist boat to take the children to school in Plockton. It's very interesting living in a remote area.......

This is the Glenachulish. She is typical of the ferries that used to run over the short crossings in the Highlands until around 1970. She is the only one of her type left running and I am very fond of her.

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