Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Dancers for the Solstice!

The Northern Lights and the South Light.
 During the Winter Solstice a little extra light during the long night is a much appreciated gift. The Aurora was glowing between the clouds. The winds were very strong and shaking the camera on the tripod. Sometimes, for a few minutes the sky would blow clear enough to get a good view of the Aurora's green glow. I kept checking the sky all night, taking photos when I could. At about 1:15 am. Dec. 22nd the clouds blew past and the beaming curtains came out for about 15 minutes. I took as many photos as I could before the clouds and freezing rain blew back over the Isle hiding the fabulous display of light. It stayed covered for the rest of the night, but I was quite excited because I have been waiting months for a good showing of the Merry Dancers since I bought my new camera. The shaking winds made me hold the tripod from blowing over and kept me from the fine resolution I wanted in a photograph, but it's amazing to watch during the 10 to 20 second exposers. What a great natural spectacle at this time of year.

Beams of light in the north viewed from the Auld Haa House.

Malcolm's Head beaming.

Big Dipper over the Museum and the Chapel,
Just the green glow before the beaming and Aurora's curtains . 

Auld Haa House all a glow.

Lights over Skerry Holm and Malcolm's Head.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Walk with Sheep Rock in a Flurry of Snow?

We had a little snow today...
Actually it was more like small pelting hail and or freezing rain, it wasn't soft & fluffy to say the least. There was enough for some coverage on the hills in the north part of the Isle. So I took a walk on Buness with my good friend Sheep Rock and my camera.

The camera's flash catches the pelting bits.

Fair Isle... always a beautiful place no matter the weather.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

White Sea in the South Harbour... Video

Today's view of the South Harbour in a gale force rage as photographed from my bedroom window.
Believe it or not but the Harbour was partly sheltered by the wind direction.

Dec. 9th,  2014

I always say, "Witnessing a raging gale is as good as a sunny day."

Dec. 10th,  2014