Sometimes the weather here makes me want to emigrate. Dull, windy, wet grey days. I'm talking summer too. But then.....one morning you wake up, open the curtains and there it is..... Shetland at its glorious best. The sun shines, the colours vibrant and suddenly, you can't imagine how you thought you could leave. Here are two recent sunsets at the end of a beautiful day. I think I'll stay.....for now.
Further up the hill from the farm is another field. A different type of grass grows here but is still cut for sileage. I had been longing for the right kind of day to take photos. I took my new lens and a couple of others in a rucksack and set off. Here are my artistic impressions of the grass.
At our local farm just along the road from me are fields of long grass and wild flowers. The grass is usually cut at this time of year for making sileage. I was hoping to get to it in time before it was cut. Thankfully I chose the right day for it yesterday, as today the wind and rain will have flattened it. Maybe a couple of dry, calm days will see it rising up again for the grass cutters.
On Facebook there is a page called Shetland On Camera with over 9,000 followers. Each weekend, just for fun, there is a theme where anyone from anywhere in the world can post a photo within that theme. The rest of the week it is Shetland photographs only.
This weekend it is "In Bloom" with photos of flowers being called for. It's so good to see the different kinds of flowers from other countries. As usual I went to our local Lerwick Jubilee Flower Park as I have no flowers in my garden. These were my best efforts for the theme. I have decided on a slide show for them.
Not another lens, Anne! Erm, well yes I'm afraid so. Just a little one, though. A much awaited Fuji 35mm f2. I'm not going to set about trying to justify buying another lens - I'm just going to enjoy it. This one was particularly for portrait shooting which I'm not good at but thought it would encourage me to put myself out there among the humans. It has brilliant depth of field and these are two practice shots I have taken in the last day or so. The VW Minibus is a toy. It was too rainy to go any distance to take photos so I put the toy near a puddle just outside my house and thought that would do for the day. The poppy was in the Lerwick Flower Park.
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