Ever looked at the British weather forecast and wondered about that little inverted comma of land in the far top left? Well thats the Outer Hebrides (or Western Isles), home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain, Europe, or even the world. Yes one poll did rank Luskentyre on Harris as the world's most stunning beach. What is more, the island chain stretches for 150 miles - thats a lot of scenery!
I gaze into her eyes and see a far off place
where the ocean blue turns turquoise on the shore.
A river snakes to meet the tide,
swirling earthy hues across the waves
A white shell sand lifts effortless on the breeze,
drifting over dunes to rest - on machair
There are daisies, buttercups, vetch and clover,
but the orchids are the star
Standing proud yet little seen,
with petals laced in purple, white or wine
A white stone wall, low roof of thatch -
A cottage nestles by the hill.
I step inside to glowing hearth
and lovers warm embrace.
R. Paul - 2007
Echoes of a Viking past
washed away by tide
blasted by a restless wind
as grasses fence nearby
A glimpse of sun, through racing clouds
a fleeting hint of warmth
My footprints gone soon after me
from timeless Uist shore
R. Paul - 2012