Early Morning on the Forth

The forecast was good and when heading to bed the night before a full moon and stars were shining brightly, suggesting good things to come. Just a few hours later, two of us were meeting up, with that same moon an hour or so from setting and signs of daybreak hinted at in the sky to the east. It was early, very early, but this would allow us to squeeze in a paddle before work.

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We launched and made a direct route out to the island of Inchkeith, covering the crossing in about an hour and a half. Signs of the sun rising behind Inchkeith drew us along and behind us the moon was setting and changing colour too – though less to do with the lunar eclipse taking place than the thin cloud it was passing behind I think.

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Whilst still some distance away from Inchkeith, the sounds of the many birds could increasingly be heard, and we had occasional fly pasts from curious fulmars casting a beady eye over us. Only up close did the familiar smells associated with these residents add another sensory experience. Seals too in evidence, huddled closely together, awaiting the warmth of day on a rocky beach.

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We rounded the island to get the best of the sun rising before stopping at the harbour for a quick breakfast. Being on the shaded side now, we cooled off quickly whilst watching Edinburgh’s distant buildings (windows especially) catching the light.

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It didn’t take long to warm up once we were on our way again and already the sun was adding its own warmth to the air around us.

The tide had been ebbing all the time we were on the water which meant now we had a bit of a flow against us, hard work, but we made it back to the city, now very much awake. The morning rush hour would be quite a contrast to our slow, tranquil journey.

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What better way to start a Spring day?

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