West Ardnamurchan had its fair share of disasters in 2012, including a serious house fire at Sanna, an event which could have been far more costly had not our local fire team reacted swiftly and effectively to the emergency call. The fire team also attended more than one moor fire. This one, in April, was the worst, burning land from Portuairk to Lochan na Crannaig.
Gales are an occupational hazard here, as we've seen over the last few days - yesterday's stroms brought with them some 24mm of Kilchoan sunshine, a whole metric inch. But February's was particularly cruel, destroying the new polytunnel at the Community Garden. Nothing daunted, the group which runs the garden rebuilt it, though the damage limited their year's production.
But playing host to predators such as sea eagles and pine martens is often at some cost to the local crofters in lambs and poultry.
This was a year in which the almost unthinkable happened: we had better summer weather than all other parts of the UK, with day after day of wall-to-wall sunshine. As a result, our wildflowers thrived, with the wild orchid display particularly impressive.
Our clear skies have turned our attention heavenwards this year. As we work towards the maximum of the 11-year sunspot cycle, some of us have been out looking for the aurora, the northern lights, with mixed success. But other pictures have been spectacular, like this one of Jupiter with three of its moons.
Many thanks to Stewart Pote for the moor fire picture, Trevor Potts for the Holyrood lobby picture, Anna Wright for the polytunnel picture, Kilchoan Early Bird for the Christmas lizard, The Raptor for planet Jupiter's moons, and Donald Houston for the distillery picture.
The Diary sincerely thanks those who have provided articles and photographs during 2012, and wishes both readers and contributors a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.