Harper's New Monthly Magazine,  7 (1883–84), 59–70.

A Gossip About the West Highlanders

William Black


Letter, Essay


Meteorology, Light, Creation, Design, Aesthetics

    Written in the form of a letter from 'North Britain', reflects that the 'fact that the atmosphere, instead of being loaded with the haze of continuous fine weather, is being continually washed clear by Atlantic squalls [...] must account [...] for the intensity of the blue of the sky, which is a deep germander-speedwell sort of blue, and has nothing in common with the pale turquoise blue of countries where far better weather prevails' (68). Also comments that 'Mr. Lockyer, to whom these sunsets in the West Highlands were something of a revelation, tells me he imagines that the moisture in the atmosphere must have something to do with the brilliancy of the colours; but there is also this to be remembered, that the place seems to have been constructed by a landscape artist for the express purpose of producing fine sunsets' (69).

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