17th December 2022

In my previous post, I mentioned how we’d spent November misjudging how quickly it was going to get dark on our weekend walks, but looking back through photos, I realise we were doing the same in October. As on this walk at Yellowcraig when the clouds were gathering around us, hanging heavy over the Forth with the promise of rain.

The title of this post perhaps suggests pristine blue skies, but these are the moody blue skies I always prefer – both to photograph and to experience. On this walk, we were expecting the heavens to open as we set out along the beach. We’d driven through rain to get here, which also explains why this place was deserted, but we find this all the time: we’ll drive through awful weather and catch a break in the clouds when we reach the beach. For all that I spend these winter months craving daylight, I think I crave this vast emptiness even more.

And yes, I realise that I’ve included the same view towards Fidra three times here, but the sky was different in every shot as the light was constantly shifting. Just beautiful.

Yellowcraig, East Lothian, October 2022.