The scene in the Sound of Islay as it presented itself when I left after my summer holiday in June 2019. Five different ships/boats in view, going about their business. From left to right: The Jura ferry MV Eilean Dhuira on her way to Port Askaig. The MV Scot Isles on her way south. A tender ferrying passengers from Port Askaig to the cruise ship (OK, you have to look closely for this one). The cruise ship MS Ocean Endeavour anchored in the sound (having anchored in Loch Indaal in June 2018). The offshore supply ship Olympic Intervention IV off Rhuvaal in the far north of Islay.
A beautiful sunny April morning on Kilchoman beach in Machir Bay on the west coast of Islay. Leaving footprints behind to be washed out by the next tide.
A view from Kilchoman beach across Machir Bay to Coull Farm. A lot of spray and mist in the morning air, reducing visibility.