Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Ocean GreatWhite at Kishorn

I wonder what thoughts strike you when you look at this picture of Loch Kishorn, taken last Sunday?

If you're a meteorologist you're probably marvelling at the unusual sight of clear blue skies and sunshine on the West Coast of Scotland in February... 

A climber or hill walker would be eyeing up the backdrop of snow capped Applecross mountains, and wishing she were at the summit enjoying the stupendous vista across to Skye and the Cuillin Ridge.

Maybe you can just make out the Bealach na Bà, the notoriously steep single track road winding through the cleft between the mountains, and if you are a cyclist, you might even be remembering sore thighs and calf muscles after attempting the ascent.

The eagle-eyed oil man will have spotted on the left the Ocean GreatWhite semi-submersible drilling rig (the biggest in the world) currently being overhauled at Kishorn Port, and he will be hoping things will go safely and smoothly for the rig's summer drilling programme in the harsh ocean environment West of Shetland.

Or maybe, just maybe, you have realised that there is something missing from the picture. You are seeing a fox terrier shaped gap in the foreground, and are waiting for it to be filled by an exceptionally handsome wiry chap named Bertie...?


  1. with you that photo is much much much more wonderful... every picture needs a foxterrier, right? btw: have you seen that one of your cousins won westminster last night? do you know him?

  2. Of course all photos look better with you in them, Bertie!

  3. Phew, luckily that problem was fixed by the last picture!

  4. Hari OM
    Bertie lad, that was EXACTLY what I was thinking (after thinking how wonderful it is that Kishorn is getting this new burst of activity in its rural life, I admit, but nonetheless, I missed you!). hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

    1. pee ess; isn't it wondefurs that a WHFT was top dog at Westminster Show?! Yxx

  5. There sure is lots to see in that first picture but the second one is much better with you in it. For the record our mom clicked on the first picture to make it bigger so she could see what that big rig was. She's an engineer so those things always catch her eye.

  6. You are the perfect finishing touch for that fabulous photo!!! And are you sure you weren't disguised as "King" at Westminster? Congrats to your breed!!!

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  7. We were thinking, beautiful but desolate....that is, until you entered the picture!

  8. Whew...we were wondering where that handsome WFT was!!!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty
    PeeEss..Congrats to the WFT dude who won BoB last night at Westminster! Woot! Woot!

  9. Ah yes! You complete the picture!
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. 100% correct Bertie...all the photos are absolutely lovely in their own way but for sure an addition of your handsome self made them supercalifraglisticexpealidous... Lovely blue skies too and in my book seeing a mountain is special.
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. Yep I wish I could still climb for we would love to see the panorama from the snow cap. Happy Valentine's Day.
    Your Friend
    Sweet William The Scot