Theme and Variations

November sky at Nead an Iolair

Prelude: November sky over Nead an Iolair

Up on our hill above the Cove we are constantly treated to painterly skies. We could fill a whole blog with these changing skyscapes, and now – in late November – we have an extended period of clear cold weather which offers us spectacular sunsets: each day seems to outdo the previous one. On our walks we can’t resist using our cameras to record the wide West Cork skies, although these pictures are barely adequate to recreate the full celestial symphony. We have tried to come up with words to express to ourselves how magnificent these are: somehow the words seem trivial…. Stunning crops up frequently, as do mesmerising, awe-inspiring, exquisite, sublime, unsurpassed. Perhaps it’s best just to let the images speak for themselves: we feel privileged to be living in this incomparable land.

Bay rainbow

Overture: Bay rainbow

Sheep's Head sky

Arietta: Sheep’s Head horizon

Bow over Bishops Luck

Intermezzo: Bow over Bishops Luck

Ballybane sunrise

Crescendo: Ballybane sunrise

Silver sky

A bocca chiusa: silver Mizen sky

Sky trail

Segue: Meteoric dawn

Rossbrin, dusk

Tranquillo: dusk at Rossbrin

Two suns

Caballeta: two suns

Wide sky

Con fuoco: Roaring Water resplendent


Cadenza: transcendental times


Finale and Coda

8 thoughts

  1. Love your pictures and your blog please keep it going.
    Any thing you know about the folklore of Three Castles Head i would personally love to know.


  2. Interesting the frustrating red tape you are experiencing along the way, and that its usually Finola who voices this. Is Robert being polite?
    Another couple I know who have returned to retire in Ireland react in a similar way, the woman is Irish and gets very annoyed by the red tape, while her swiss husband says he is settling in very comfortably.


    • Yes, that IS interesting! Maybe it’s like being a member of a family – we can criticise it, but if an outsider does it we defend the family fiercely. Or maybe the blow-ins feel that if they say anything negative people will take more offence. Having said that, I must admit that Robert is far better at seeing the positive in everything that I am. But then again, he’s not the one having to take the lessons… 🙂


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