Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Witch's Ward

I'm back in the land of bad backs so it's been another pretty lazy weekend. Saying that we did get up to the Witch's Ward above Scalloway...


It was a lovely day after the horrendous weather at the end of the week and Beren wanted to show us where he'd be told people were buried up there! If they are they've got a great view...


Later today I popped in to see a friend which ended up with a short motor out along Olna Firth, a couple of lines dropped (and two tiddlers caught), a grounding on a rock and a lovely sunset as we motored back to Voe...


I also took Beren to the little bike track at Sandwick on Saturday. Considering he's a been a late starter on his bike he's getting quite confident, in fat too confident for is own good at times!



Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Hill of Arisdale and the catalina memorial; Yell

Yell is one of those places that many people seem to dismiss in terms of landscape, how wrong they are!

I had a few reasons to be up there looking at a path to the Catalina Memorial and other things around the Hill of Arisdale. So setting off from the Burravoe Road I made my way up Aris Dale and was soon greeted to the lovely sight of this double rainbow...


The next 2.5 hours were pretty wet and very windy though. With sodden ground and peat bogs to cross it was hard going, but there's always something to brighten things up like The Burn of Tronamoor that I had to cross...


Following the white marker posts across the moor heading into driving rain at times was no fun and it didn't stop once I'd reached the memorial. Luckily my camera phone is waterproof so I got a few of the remains of the wrecked catalina. The boat plane crashed on the hills in January 1942 with the loss of seven crew, though three survived.


Looking on to the crash site with aircraft remains spread across the moor...


  


From the memorial site I headed up hill to the summit of the Hill of Arisdale, at 210m it is the highest point on Yell and also classified as a 'Marilyn' hill, a smaller type of Munro.


By the time I got to back to the car I was feeling pretty damp and cold and still so when I got back to the office. It was an interesting and useful trip out though and a good walk in better weather.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

A first visit to Gletness and a little sail

Gletness in South Nesting is one place I've not visited yet despite having been many other places around South Nesting. I have seen it from the sea, but that doesn't really count.

Being a nice morning I thought I'd have a quick run out there to take a photo or two and also catch up with friends who live there. Lucky things; it's a wonderful place right on the shore with a number of islands to hopefully dissipate the high seas that can roll in there.

I liked this little shore shelter some one had built there, although the wind was the wrong direction for it to do much good when I was there. 


May be it's a spot to sit and look for otters? I did see some otter prints on the beach ...


Here's the North Isle of Gletness with Hoo Stack and it's lighthouse in the distance...



I've also been for my first sail in a while. It was forecast force 5 winds or more and Martin and I thought we'd take Märta out for a little potter to try her storm sails out. As it turned out we were lucky if the wind hit force 4, but being too lazy to change the sails we just had a sedate sail around Linga and back and very nice it was too!

With good south-westerly we had a lot of tacking to get out of Olna Firth...



Here's a little timelapse of some of the sail; my camera battery ran out after a couple of hours and 1900 photos!



Monday, 20 October 2014

This and that...

Thankfully we've had some decent weather for my friend Alan visiting. One nice day was spent largely out on Lunna Ness watching some otters and also popping up to Hunter's Monument while we were there, some where I've never got round to walking up to before. It's a folly that was also used to look out for fish being landed 'illegally' rather than being landed for the Laird.




I even got a few decent aerial shots of it from my kite...



We popped in to quite a few places over the week he was here, a few walks on Burra and up north, including a pop in to look at the falls at Catfirth...


Have a look for the face in this one to the right of the falls...


Spooky...


We spent a bit of time up north on Sunday with lovely Soups and Sweets at Eshaness Hall before mooching around the coast near Hamnavoe where we found a live star fish...


And collected some limpets and winkles for Beren to eat, and eat them he did after they'd been cooked and then sautéed in garlic butter!



Today the forecast was due to change, but we managed a day on Bressay before the wind and rain started to build. On a nice walk out on Aith Ness to the WW1  guns we even managed to see an otter in the voe.


What a lovely day...


Sadly that was that for Alan, as with gales forecast and the north boat threatening either delays or cancellation we changed his ferry to go a day early, though I don't think his crossing tonight will be any picnic!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Lovely weather for a bit of sun bathing...

I've got an old friend staying with me for a few days, the weather's being kind for his visit so far, so we've been out and about enjoying the sun.

These are some of the common seals that we spent a while watching at one of my favourite seal watching spots on Burra...






If I haven't killed him off and he get's out of bed on time we're off looking for otters today. I knew I shouldn't have let him go to the pub last night!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Pano-drama at Hillswick


I just thought I'd post a few panoramic photos from the west side of Hillswick ness.

This first one is a monster of a photo from Sand Wick to Brae Wick, Eshaness. The original is a massive 25394 x 8425  and 118mb crop of a stitch of 37 (3 rows of 13 photos plus one extra) handheld 70mm photos. My PC nearly had a heart attack doing them in photoshop, but it was worth it! 

I've no idea what to do with such a monster, you'd need a big wall in a very big room for it,  but it's fun zooming in on the original to see all the detail that I didn't even know was there.


Here's another big panorama of The Drongs taken at 70mm with around 17 (3 rows again) photos stitched together, but this one is a tiny 65mb...


I think I prefer the black and white...


And finally 1 photo of The Drongs with my 10mm Samyang lens, very dramatic...


But I'm not sure the black and white treatment adds to this one...


Cheers for popping by and feel free to comment :)

Monday, 13 October 2014

John Boynes Burn

'Shetland on Camera', a Face Book group that share's photos of Shetland had a theme of 'Burns' this weekend, so a bit late in the day I decided to try to take a series of timelapse videos using slow exposures of the falls going up John Boynes Burn which is just off the Brig O Fitch.


It wasn't as easy as I'd thought though. What with wind, water spray and the soggy boggy ground that meant both my tripod settled as some of the sequences were taken and even though I stayed well away from the tripod my movement was translated over the ground.


I also ran foul of having enough battery, annoying as I had another 2 batteries at home.


Anyway back home and many hours of processing and rendering later I have this small series of timelapses. There were more series I had to ditch and some sections had to be shortened I've learnt plenty for if I decide to do a similar thing again, possibly not to bother!

Anyway turn your sound on, watch in HD and hopefully enjoy this short video and thanks for dropping by...