A beautiful welcome to Islay in early November 2018. I had arrived on the island about an hour before I took this picture. After driving over from Port Ellen I noticed the beautiful night sky above. I quickly finished unpacking the car (my tripod was at the very bottom of my luggage…) and just before clouds moved in (you can see some sneaking in on the right) I managed to get a few shots of the cottages and the church/cross.
It took quite a few attempts to get this one, a meteor from the Leonids meteor shower over Machir Bay on the west coast of Islay. It was a really bright flash shooting across the sky, only lasting less than a second, yet very impressive. You can also make out the Milky Way stretching from the top left to the bottom right of the view. The view is north along Kilchoman beach, the flat bright spot on the flat hill section is Coull Farm. To the right Cnoc Mòr (82m).
A brief clear moment at night during my Islay visit in November 2017. On my way back to the cottage at Kilchoman I had spotted that it had cleared up, so I had stopped to admire the night sky and if possible take a few pictures. I had stopped on the highest point of the road a few hundred yards past Foreland, just before the road turns left. As I could see clouds rapidly approaching from the west I didn’t have time to drive anywhere else for an interesting background and I couldn’t really get the landscape to work where I had stopped. Then my eyes fell on my car and a decision was made. This is the result.