Saturday, 23 March 2019

New additiions

We have two new additions to the family, Teddy the black cat and Tinker the tabby, both have settled well.

Lots of frogs around at the moment

Both have been adopted from someone who is leaving Shetland soon. They are both house cats, something we were looking for, too many cats are killed up here on the roads

I love Shetland for the variety of buildings, a good mixture of new and old.  This hut was down at Gulberwick standing alone in a field

Lovely boat bench at Hillswick

Clouds over Toab in south mainland

Its been a weekend of storms, with Force 10 winds hitting the islands. The Ferry set off 4 hours early on Friday and by teatime the winds had become very strong. We set off for a meal at 7pm and was hit by frequent hail storms and very strong winds.

Lots of great clouds in Shetland

after rain the reflections are always great to see in Lerwick

This bod, at Nesbister, is £10 a night and is due to be refurbished in next few weeks

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Scatness moody sea

Hope you are enjoying the Shetland BBC1 drama, I think this is a good one. 

Down at Scatness the other day, a good place to go for stormy seas and trying out a new full ND Filter which allows slow exposures

Lots of good birds have visited Shetland in the past few weeks, including the Tengmalm's Owl see more at

Also we have had a few good clear nights when the Aurora has shown , see

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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Tingwall, Shetland in the snow

Its amazing how quickly the weather changes in Shetland, people always say you can get 4 weathers in one day in Shetland

It wasn't that long ago we had snow and ice, which lasted a few days but now it has been windy but 11-12 degrees. I have now replanted two rosebushes 6 times, just hope the wind is not too strong in the coming weeks and give them a chance to get established

The landscape certainly changes when the snows come and all these photos were taken up the Tingwall valley

It was still very icy when I took a trip  and this road is notorious for black ice with cars in ditches most days

Wind turbines have been in the news again, this time the council decided to defer a decision on the Viking wind farm amendments until all the committee can meet this coming week. Its good to see a few councillors that might be against the wind farms. The MOD will stay have a big say on what goes on, they have already objected to this and the two proposed wind farms on Yell as it will interfere with radar in Unst.

It was great to see the new BBC1 Shetland Drama start last Tuesday , its getting a lot of support in Shetland and certainly draws the tourists. I was speaking to a group from America and they were raving about the last series which was available in the USA

The facebook group I started on Shetland Clouds is going very well, so if you are interested in joining just send me a request

The two courses on Digital Photography are already booked up so if you are interested you can join me this Autumn. The first one will be Night Sky photography in Lerwick, this gets booked very quickly so if you live in Shetland and want to attend then message me and I will keep you up to-date

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Friday, 1 February 2019

Scalloway, Shetland in the snow

Shetland had a bit of snow this week, nothing like the amount that the rest of the UK or the USA had.

 Normally it above freezing, but the chill factor has been down to -5 degrees which has brought ice to many parts

 Last night we went to photograph the Aurora but got snowed./ rained off. This soon froze and made getting back up the hill a but difficult

 Looking out this morning it looked as most of the snow had disappeared completely but in its place came black ice.

 (Memorial to the Shetland Bus, Main street at Scalloway)

 Within an hour a bus had slid off the road into a ditch and several other cars did the same and Sandwick school was closed

 I wasn't looking forward to driving over to Scalloway , especially when you have to go over Black Gaet always a very icy road.

 Taking it slow it was better than expected but in Scalloway there was still snow on the roads and ice on the pavements
 Scalloway always looks good in the snow, especially the castle, this one taken from the top of the Scord.

( Still icy on the pavement)

 In the afternoon the light is always very good and the clouds added to the scene (check out Shetland Clouds on Facebook)

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