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Storybook Beauty Of The Isle Of Skye
Mark E Tisdale
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The rugged beauty of the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye was a landscape that felt as if it were ripped directly from the pages of a storybook. I still look back on the place with a sense of amazement. I thought all of the Scottish Highlands were beautiful, but Skye was amped up a notch or two in my opinion. The geography seemed to range from sheer cliffs to rolling hills, to mountains, and a bit of everything in between. It definitely had an air of the ancient earth about it to me, the type of scenery that would be included in a nature documentary about the earth long ago.
So, in a way, it's funny that the geology of Skye is pretty fluid. The land here is formed by moving earth. What are known as land slips occur where the land literally slips away from the neighboring chunk leaving these rugged and jagged cliffs behind. It's a process still going on as the roads along the Quiraing have to be re-done frequently because of large cracks.
To further drive home that feeling of walking in a storybook settting, a year or so after I returned from Skye, I found myself in a theater watching the film Stardust, based on a fantasy by Neil Gaiman. I had already seen from the previews that parts of the film were clearly filmed right here on Skye. I probably would have seen it anyway, but seeing parts of Skye and the Highlands again on the big screen was almost like being there again.
And still, I marvel at just how beautiful it was and ponder when I'll get to return to Skye again to further document the gorgeous lands there. I'm sure you can see why I want to even if you've never been yourself!
July 27th, 2013
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