Friday, February 24, 2017

Rock Pooling Finds in Fine Winter Weather.

Kiss Me!
Sea-Scorpion - Myoxocephalus scorpius
We did a bit of rock pooling up here as the weather is fine here. while the rest of Scotland deals with the winter storm "Doris". Dave Wheeler our local meteorologist said we may be having the best weather in the UK at the moment. We found crabs and Brittle-stars... but we have the most pride in who can find little fish species. together we caught 4 species, Sea-scorpion, Shanny Blenny, Butterfish and Five-bearded Rockling. What fun!

Shanny Blenny - Liophyrs pholis
Mermaid Purses - skate egg cases
Henry looking at the Shanny Benney I caught  after turning over a big rock.

Purple Sandpiper

LOVE

One of the big fat Five-bearded Rockling Henry caught.

Tidepool Texture

Sea-weed


Common Limpets


Unusual Limpet, a smooth rainbow mother of pearl surface,
like I have never seen before. Maybe a new species for me?
The only two I have found? so one is no a fluke...


More Limpets...

The searchers on the shore.

Himanthalia elongata - Buttons
As seen and found on the South Harbour Beach.



This seaweed reminds me of Frank Gehry Architecture.

Purple Pink Anemone

LOVE


Kiss me again!


Love... Giving it the boot for perspective.
Pink

 Me.



Happiness!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day from Fair Isle

Love From Fair Isle - natural stone heart.
Every year on Valentines Day I go for a walk and take a few photos of natural heart shapes. 
It has turned into a bit of an obsession and now I see them year around.
I even Have a Facebook group you can join if you wish. 
As I found it... sweet little bit of beach glass.

North Haven Beach







A Heart of Stone



the white specks in this photo are birds and sheep. 

Blue Skies!


Loving the Big Blue Today!
A few photos from the weekend...
South Harbour


Auld Haa House


Birthdays at the Haa!

We even had some snow last Thursday...
Biggest snow of the year "snow" far.


Cheers!




Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wild Winter Weather - Videos

Ever wonder what is like to be on Fair Isle in a bit of weather?
I have posted a few storm videos I have made in the past few years.
Yes, sometimes I'm foolish enough to go out with a camera in a hurricane. 
enjoy!






































Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Seals and Beach-combing - Happy New Year! 2017

Happy?
it's a relative term,
I know baby Seals can make me happy when I see them,
I can't help but project human emotions on them.
Who knows what they are thinking?


Hello?


Texture.

Atmosphere. 

Texture.
Baby Grey Seal Pup

Wire bird on post, Robin, South Harbour.

Found objects from the beach
Dead Shag Foot
the pads and webbing were interesting.


I found this great Ear Sponge,
It made me want some clay and a potter's wheel.


Figurative Bone,
 homage to Henry Moore Sculpture.

happy? or sad?

Cheers from Fair Isle!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fair Isle - Living on the Edge - Documentary BBC One

Fair Isle, Shetland subject of a new BBC Documentary

Monday Night BBC One - 9:00 pm.
watch this...



Here is a photo from the up coming show. taken by Louise Lockwood
Henry and I feature a little but on a island we are bound to have a few sound bites.
 
The show was shot on Fair Isle over the course of a year and speaks to some of the realities of life living in Britain's most remote community of just 55 souls. For more info look at some of the media stories below.