Thursday, 8 September 2011

Isle of Skye, Scotland, May 2011

A difficult blog to write. See previous blog for the reason why.


We found the lovely Aros Visitors Centre on the outskirts of Portree surrounded by a spectacular wood.
The Visitors Centre served an incredibly nice Lime Merangue Pie which I guzzled very quickly. Very nice place with ample parking.

Drizzle and very high winds persisted with the tops of the tall pine trees noisily crashing together.We tramped around this wood for a good few hours.  Chris was particularly excited because he spotted a Golden Eagle whereas I had my eyes on the ground looking for good fungi.  Not much to be seen until we found some small cream, disc-like rubbery textured caps amongst moss on a bank.  I think they might be Tarzetta.

Braes Beach

Again, wind blowing us about again - even making photography difficult and the wind so strong that my anti-shake mechanism on my camera failed to work.  Found an interesting specimen in a sandy/soil/mossy bunker by the sea.  Egg-shaped cap, buff background but with grey mottling.  Am not sure yet what it is.

Claigan near Dunvegan (Coral Beach)

My birthday.  Severe gales overnight and fresh snow on the mountains but the sun shone for most of the day although the wind never abated.

Was most impressed with this coral beach. (Dessicated sun-bleached algae) resembling the colour of white tropical sand. We spent a good half day there.  On the way back to the car we walked across a large open meadow. In dung I found what I believe might be Psilocybe coprophila or subcoprophila.  Buff coloured fungi in groups in cow dung.

The day and my birthday ended in a very spectacular manner.  On the drive back to our cottage, we had to stop the car twice due to severe hail storms but were rewarded on the second stop by the most impressive and very special double rainbow.

I will never forget my time in Skye with Chris.  It was too special for words in every respect.

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