Thursday, 13 August 2015

Basking Shark & the Lord Nelson

Basking Shark - Fair Isle 

Basking Shark! 
 Wow! I've have wanted to see one since before I moved here 9 years ago...  
It's a self found lifer and wildlife tick.

In autumn 2006, two months before moving to Fair Isle, We saw a posting of a Basking Shark sighting on Fair Isle. I said to 5 year old Henry, "We are going to see Basking Sharks!" 9 years later... We finally saw one today! So it took a while... but, I had great views today! Awesome! 

and I had my camera!

Basking Shark - Fair Isle

Basking Shark - Fair Isle

Basking Shark - Fair Isle

Basking Shark - Fair Isle

North Lighthouse - Fair Isle - Shetland

Kirk Stack - The Gannet Colony

The north cliffs below the South Lighthouse.
Sight of the Basking Shark sighting today.

The Lord Nelson just outside the North Haven - Fair Isle.
The tall-ship the Lord Nelson sails with mixed physical ability crew. 50% may be disabled, 100% are actively involved. A very special ship indeed.


The Fair Isle young folk go out onto the tallship The Lord Nelson in a zodiac.

The tallship the Lord Nelson moored of Fair Isle.

The young Fair Isle folk getting a tour of the Lord Nelson.

The Lord Nelson off of Fair Isle.

My son Henry climbing into the Zodiac. 

The young Fair Isle folk had a great time aboard the Lord Nelson. 

Thank you to the crew of the Lord Nelson.

getting ready to set sail... cheers!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Ben Fogle on Fair Isle, Shetland.

Ben Fogle and Camera Crew just rapped their shoot on Fair Isle for an upcoming program.
Keep a look out on this September!


I'll say no more now...
 I don't want to spoil the surprise.
It's going to be amazing though!

Henry, Ben & Tommy


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Reflections & Norwegians


 

Reflections of the Day.

Sunset 10:20 pm. June 15th, 2015 - Loch o' Easter Loder, Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK. Just a small taste of joy. I was alone in the north of the isle and saw such great beauty that words are useless. No wind! just the sounds of the birds and sheep Amazingly, I was not filming at the time, just watching, as I saw the prefect green flash of the Sun as it slipped into the Atlantic.




            

If you have 2 minutes... please watch this.



















Just before the Green Flash...


Razorbills

The Norwegians!


           

During the day I met some Norwegians who had sailed from Bergen, After they all had a beer and played my badly out of tune piano, the invited me down to their boat for drinks that night. After photograghing the sunset we drank in the Simmer Dim. What a good time we had...




I've got to get one of these hats!
Bacon-Gull!
I think I found another first for Britain! Ship assisted of course...
(this is birdwatching humour, please ignore otherwise.)
"really fried pork rinds.."

Fishcakes? don't mind if I do...
I need to cook with these things I could find some inspiration with these.

Yum!

Aquavit - over the equator twice!

Me & Capt. Ronald Hellenes - Shol!

Good Morning


2 am. in the North Haven...

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Puffins, People & Big Sky





Atlantic Puffin - Fratercula arctia












Henry Hyndman




My new friends the Italian Photographers - Nicola & Somona







Mackerel Sky





Crossbill - female


Long Tailed Skua









That's me out painting on a fine day.