Puffins

•12 June 2019 • Leave a Comment

… saw my first puffins today …

… popping out of home for a blast of air on a very windy day …

… more to come when I have more than my iPhone on me …

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Eshaness

•9 June 2019 • Leave a Comment

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…  a stunning coastline formed by a volcano …

… consisting of a series of geos …
narrow, deep inlets caused by wave erosion along cliff faults

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… where thousands of birds congregate and nest …

… in the craggy steep cliffs …

… and a refreshing paddle down by the sea
is a perfect end to the walk …

West Burra

•7 June 2019 • Leave a Comment

… one of the smaller Shetland islands
off the west coast not too far from Scalloway …

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… a beautiful sunny day for a short walk …

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… starting at the very picturesque Meal Beach …

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… the weather changes constantly just like the landscape …
I stayed well away from the cliff edges which are steep and a bit slippery

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… but the views are always beautiful …

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… the lighthouse on Fugla Ness …
another post will look at Shetland place names

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… pretty pink and grey stones …
porphyritic adamellite with feldspar crystals
which glint in the sunshine
(allegedly)

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… the view from the lighthouse
with the village of Hamnavoe on the right
and in the distance in one of the bays
you can just see Scalloway …

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… I followed the road helpfully called Roadside …

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… through Hamnavoe back to my car …

 

Cyanotypes in Shetland 1

•6 June 2019 • Leave a Comment

… so the weather is not great …
not a lot of uv around but that’s never stopped me

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… coating paper by candlelight …
feels authentic!

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… first batch in sunlight on the back step …

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… bit dull as chemicals were slightly contaminated …

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… second batch in the rain – just rain …
not sure how this will turn out

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… rain, seawater, seaweed and shells …

… these are still developing so results to follow …

 

 

On the Ferry

•4 June 2019 • Leave a Comment

… it seemed like a long way …

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… 12 hours on the overnight ferry …

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…. but it went very quickly partly due to a good night’s sleep
in a cabin shared with a couple of nice Dutch ladies …

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… and the chance to wander about
despite the damp weather …

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… a few others braved it too …
mainly the smokers

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… a little unsteady on my feet …

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… it was good to see land when morning arrived …

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… a very enjoyable trip …

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… all courtesy of Northlink Ferries
who are sponsoring my trip to Shetland

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Shetland – my view

•3 June 2019 • Leave a Comment

… changes all the time depending on time and weather …

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… Saturday 8.30am …

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… Sunday 7.30am …

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… Sunday 11.30pm …

 

Off I go

•31 May 2019 • Leave a Comment

… just leaving Aberdeen …

… looking forward to a good night’s sleep …

I’m in the top bunk so hope I don’t roll out!

… but dinner first …