Sunday, 22 March 2015
Today, a 97% partial eclipse was visible in Stornoway - totality was visible from the Faeroes, 250 miles (400 km) to the north, as well as in Svalbard, north of Norway. The weather was better than forecast, with some bright and sunny spells to give me good opportunities for photography - 110 images. The light got really strange around 9.30, when the eclipse was at its height, temperature dropped and the wind got up. I'm posting a separate entry with eclipse pics.
Very hazy conditions today, as shown in the images with the MV Clipper Ranger (by the lighthouse) and the MV Loch Seaforth, parked at Arnish for the day. The last image shows the RNLI lifeboat bringing in a disabled fishing boat; her steering gear was damaged after one of her nets was allegedly caught by a passing submarine - not NATO?
Four vessels in the above pics: apart from the fishing boat, there is MV Loch Seaforth, gastanker B Gas Linda and MV Isle of Lewis. In the evening, there was a magnificent display of the aurora borealis - but I didn't have my camera set up properly to capture the pehnomenon...
I found a TV program from 1970 which was rebroadcast on the Gaelic channel, BBC Alba. I took two screenshots, one showing Cromwell Street Quay, and the other the Arnish Peninsula. No Fabrication Yard, but Kildun Farm where it used to stand. The latter was burned down and the hill it sat on bulldozed in 1974 to make way for the Fabrication Yard.