Well the last Up Helly Aa took place at Delting in the north mainland recently and the weather was terrible with very strong winds and freezing temperatures . These events never get cancelled due to the weather and the only break was during the war years.
The south mainland Up Helly Aa seems to have the best weather of all the fire festivals this year.
Events like these and the very successful BBC1 drama - `Shetland' has certainly drawn people to the islands. This year will see about 92,000 cruise liner passengers set foot on the islands, around twice the amount that came last year. These will be brought on a record number of cruise ships, but next year will be even better with 109 cruise liners due bringing 107,000 passengers.
Recently the RAF radar, built at Saxa Vord was officially opened and one of the first visitor a few days later was a Russian fighter which flew down the north isles and was seen by a number of early risers.
I doubt whether any Eurofighters from Lossiemouth would have been able to intercept the plane as it would be have been far away when they arrived in Shetland.
Russian bombers and fighter are becoming more frequently encountered around Shetland so its no wonder that Radar was installed in Unst.
Unst is also a possible launching area for UK satellites but we still have to wait and see whether this will be the chosen location.
I have been giving talks to the WI groups recently and its always to see so many people interested in Wildlife or the Night sky. I was also interviewed by the Shetland Life magazine who wanted an article on the various aspects of photography in Shetland, I talked about the Night Sky which is a favourite subject for my photography courses.
The next one fully booked again with a number of folk on the waiting list. My facebook group, Shetland Aurora Hunter continues to grow and it is now just under 2,000 members, not bad for 16 months. If you want to see some very rare Aurora `Steve' photos then go to shetlandsky.blogspot.co.uk
For anyone in Sheffield, I will be giving a talk on `Amazing Shetland' at St Augustine Church Brocco Bank on Tuesday 26 June at 7.30 (I can send you details just contact me for further information)
Friday, 30 March 2018
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Sunday, 11 March 2018
On Friday the South Mainland Up Helly Aa took place in Sandwick, just below where we live
More and more people started to turn up in front of us and many made their way onto the beach to get a closer look at the galley. Up Helly Aa is a major even in Shetland and its not just one, there are ten and the South Mainland one is the second biggest.
I will post the burning photos very soon so please come back for a look