Heron and Oystercatchers at Uiskentuie beach, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a Heron on a rock in shallow water off a beach, some Oystercatchers in the foreground. Distant cliffs in the background
Heron and Oystercatchers at Uiskentuie beach, Isle of Islay

A view from Uiskentuie beach on a hazy September day. A Heron on a seaweed covered rock in the shallow water, some Oystercatchers searching for food in the foreground. The Mull of Oa with the American Monument in the far distance with Laggan Point in front of it.

Starry night sky over Loch Indaal from Ballitarsin, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a wide starry night sky seen from a hill. Two villages in the distance, a road lit up by a passing car below
Starry night sky over Loch Indaal from Ballitarsin, Isle of Islay

The counterpart to the starry night sky over Ballitarsin, the view out over Loch Indaal from it. Plenty of stars up in the night sky, you can just about make out the Milky Way. The lights of three villages in the distance, Bowmore and behind it Port Charlotte on the left and Bruichladdich on the right. A car driving past lighting up the single track road below. Something I’d usually avoid in a starry night picture, but I think here it enhances it.

Standing stone on West Loch Tarbert shore at Ardpatrick (Excursion from Islay)

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Picture of a standing stone on a rocky outcrop on the shore of a sea loch
Standing stone on West Loch Tarbert shore at Ardpatrick (Excursion from Islay)

A short detour from a drive on the Kilberry Road takes you to Ardpatrick on the shore of West Loch Tarbert. I don’t know anything about this stone, if it’s an old standing stone of some sort or a much more recent addition, maybe some memorial stone? I couldn’t find anything online, if you know please let me and others know in the comments.