Brave little sparrow taking a bath in a stream running down the beach at West Shore, Scalloway. It was such a cold day but li'l sparra was having fun regardless.
I participated in the World Wide Photo Walk on Saturday morning. It was started by Scott Kelby of the USA.To explain what this is I quote from their website.
"The Worldwide Photo Walk® proudly supports The Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage, an organization that feeds, houses, educates, and empowers young orphans so that they can grow up to not just survive but succeed. We’re asking each person who participates to donate to help make a difference in these children’s lives. Every dollar counts."
It takes place on the first Saturday of October each year. We were fortunate with the weather - cold but mostly sunny. I had to post process quite a bit as my images were quite dark. Still, it was two hours of fun, friendships and good craic.
Something a little different.
And then there's this.
And finally this.....There's a cottage near the parking area before taking the road down to the beach. The couple who own it are wonderfully kind folks and very welcoming. The lady, Anne Barron, is an amazing artist whose art is sold all over the world. She decided to paint her gate posts. I photographed the one with the puffins and also a model puffin who likes to watch the visitors come and go.
Anne's Art On Redbubble.
This is the tenth year of Shetland Wool Week being held in Shetland. I can't begin to list the itinerary of events so I will just give you the link here. Folks come from all over the world to this week long event. Shetland hosting is hard to beat.
Although I love all things to do with wool, from the smell of the raw wool to the finished garment, I cannot knit a single stitch. I should have had some more interesting images to celebrate Wool Week but transport is a problem for me. I did get to the Shetland Museum via bus to catch these two wonderful ponies in there Fair Isle gansies which delighted the visitors. It was a Fair Isle Friday special occasion. There was a queue for two hours while everyone had their photo taken with the ponies.
The black pony is called Vitamin and is 19 (maybe 20 now) years old. The white one is Fivla. Two hours was a long time to stand but ponies and owners did exceedingly well.
Yesterday, at one of the charity shops, I picked up a book called Diana F+. At the time of browsing I had no idea what the book was about except I really loved the photographs I saw inside so I purchased the book. I had a dental appointment to go to so took the chance to thumb through the book while I waited to be seen. The Diana F+ is a camera, the book informed me, and is a reproduction of the 1960's Diana lomography cameras. One of my first thoughts on seeing the images was.....I have to do something like this.....I love them so much.
So today, I put my camera on the 'Toy Camera' setting hoping it would resemble what I'd seen in the book. After shooting and post processing this is what I came up with. They'll do for the time being but now I'm hankering after a Diana F+ camera. This model was produced in China in 2007.
There's a photographer I follow who's style of photography is to do ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) generally of landscapes. I love them so thought I would go out today and see what I could do. Epic fail! I couldn't go home with nothing on my camera so I did my version of an ICM on a window in the Scalloway Castle. On my way back I saw the sun shining through a fish design iron fence with the shadows falling on the pavement. It's been photographed many times by many people but this looked a little different.
I hope you like what I bring here from the Shetland Islands. It will not only be landscapes but other images I hope you will find enjoyable. Thank you!
Some images I have so far made available to purchase on