Thursday, February 05, 2009
The MV Cuma made her way between Stac Lee and the rugged west coast of Boreray in the St Kilda Archipelago. The island is 384m high, 1.6km north to south and 1.1km at its widest, east to west.
Latterly the islanders kept sheep on Boreray but, in earlier times, they also cultivated the land. Their old lazy bedsare still visible when the low sun strikes across a grassy slope.
Boreray's wild west coast is today inhabited only by the birds.
Gannets peel off every ledge...
... and scan the sea below for fish. They plunge from on high in pursuit of their prey.