All Fired Up
A sublime sunset paints a kaleidoscopic scene at Smerclate, South Uist, Hebrides, Scotland.
The Hebridean coastline is cherished for its light, white shell sand and rock formations. Here, an ancient rock called Lewisian gneiss (~3.2 billion years old) forms ripples that project into the sea. These impermeable rocks trap seaweed in small pools where strange bacteria and algae grow. Here you see pink pools, others are white, grey or yellow. The pools, lichens and sea pink wildflowers all add to the colourful palette.