Saturday, 20 October 2012

Out and about sans camera...

Grrr... my camera has broken again! The mirror has fallen off for no good reason so it is away at the camera hospital and should be back shortly. I must have got a Monday morning/Friday afternoon camera (it was a warehouse return) as I've not even had it a year and had a stuck shutter and now this. Any more issues and it's a new body as I'll have spent £250 in repairs on if after this! Oh for the want of a warranty.

Anyway yesterday Clare and I had the day off to go out and about with Beren, though he wanted to go to day care! The plan was some geocaching heading north and fish and chips at Frankies, Beren's favourite.

It was gorgeous as we headed out to our first stop was out past Aith near Vementry. Then as we left the car and got so far along the hills we were hit with a heavy sleety shower. We had some serious issues finding the geocache, not helped that I notice a numbering issue on the OS map! The eastings numbers printed over the grid lines  went 28, 29, no number, 30, 31...  so from 29 onwards the numbers were 1 out. I'll let OS know. We got pretty wet not expecting the unexpected shower, but the views were amazing and I saw my first mountain hair of this season that was almost back to white. I do have a few photos on from my works camera.

A panorama of Vementry...



A bit soggy we gave up on the geocache and headed back in to Aith and over the Alps road to Voe; hitting a quick geocache before carrying on to Frankies. As it happened our delays with the map worked in our favour as if we'd got there earlier there'd have been no seats as a bus full of elderly people were just leaving when we got there. Not all bad then!

It was now mid afternoon and a fantastic day with not a spot of wind, mirror still waters and gorgeous skies. Ronas Hill was beckoning in the distance and Beren was up for his first accent of Shetland's highest point. We parked up at Collar Firth masts and ticked off another geocache before setting off up the hill. Sadly it wasn't long before we realised Beren really wasn't loving the trek. After much cajoling we knew there was no way we make it there and back in day light, so we aborted the summit attempt and basked in the glory of the day on a beautiful hillside and also saw another hare.



Though Beren didn't want to go up Ronas he did want to do some more geocaches, so next stop was Nibon. A quick cache and dash not far from the road was followed by another session sitting on the banks looking for otters as the sun set over Nibon Isle.

Looking out to sea at Nibon as the sun sets...


Clare looking for any illusive critters in her posh jumper...


Sunset over the Isle of Nibon...


We didn't see any otters which is unusual for this spot, but we did watch a seal and the bird life before heading off in the dusk for our final venture to an old mill near Muckle Ayre on Muckle Roe. Little did I know that there had been a humpback whale sighted hanging around close in in the bay earlier in the day, we didn't see it though and we didn't find the geocache in what was by then a star lit night with a crescent moon slowly rising over the sea.

We were back late, but what a wonderful day we had.

Check out here for some photos of the whale and other wildlife

Tomorrow I'm on a day course with Shetland Amenity Trust identifying autumn birds in Shetland, excellent...

1 comment:

  1. Clare's jumper looks cosy. It was a beautiful day. As was Monday until the fog rolled in. Looks like we are in for some snow this weekend. Winter woollies at the ready.

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