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#1 tdpriest

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 07:42 AM

It's taken a while, but I've finally put together a collection of images from a trip in June, accompanied by Dr Alex's Mustard and Tattersall, beyond the fringes of Scotland into the wild North Sea, to the historic and wildlife-rich Shetland Isles.

Shetland_2011_58_1293_Baltasound_fulmars.jpg

Fulmar, nesting on the island of Unst

The water can be pretty cold and the weather can be wet and windy, but the visibility, both above and below the water, can be spectacular.

Shetland_2011_11_1224_Bohus_.jpg

An edible crab sheltering in kelp off the island of Yell

In midsummer it is never dark: the "simmer glim" glows from a late sunset to a very early dawn.

Shetland_2011_87_1503_Noss_.jpg

A Polycera nudibranch from the island of Noss

The overnight ferry from a dour, dreich Aberdeen arrives in Lerwick, a town more Norse than Scots, in the morning. The Valkyrie, a marvellously adapted fishing boat, waits in Lerwick for the latest group of dry-suited divers. It's essential to have plenty of space in your suit as the Valkyrie specialises in wholesome, varied - and large - meals. The produce of Shetland, fruit of the land and sea, is delicious.

Shetland_2011_23_1328_Hascosay_Limacia_clavigera_nudibranch.jpg

A Limacia nudibranch, also from Noss

Shetland is noted for a collection of wrecks, both shallow and deep, old and new as well as cool, rich reefs and an abundance of temperate-water "critters".

Shetland_2011_84_1258_HMS_E49_.jpg

HMS E49, a submarine from the first World War, lost in action with all hands and a war grave

It's relatively unusual for Valkyrie to host shallow-water divers, as the mixed-gas wreck community are her usual customers, but she takes a boat-load of camera gear in her stride, even when the Coastguard drop in for a cup of tea.

Shetland_2011_45_Eshaness_panorama_05_Moo_stack.jpg

The lava flows and metamorphic cliffs of Eshaness in Northmavine

As is common in temperate British waters, the schedule is for two dives a day, with plenty of time to relax and to run ashore. The remains of thousands of years of human settlement litter the coastal cliffs and peat moorland of the islands, whilst seabirds, otters and whales patrol the cliffs and beaches. The violent volcanic birth of the Atlantic has left, in places, a twisted landscape of frozen lava and metamorphic rock.

Shetland 2011 slideshow

Tim

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Edited by tdpriest, 20 August 2011 - 04:54 PM.


#2 tdpriest

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 07:56 AM

Shetland_2011_25_1400_Bressay_Froaich_Bhan.jpg

The Fraoich Bhan, a fishing boat capsized in rough weather

Shetland_2011_15_1241_Bohus_.jpg

Dead Mens' Fingers, Yell

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The Broch of Mousa, a two-thousand year old stronghold

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Sunset over St Ninian's Isle at 11pm

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A squat lobster from the island of Bressay

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Puffin from Sumburgh Head

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 08:18 AM

Fantastic shots Tim. The first nudi, sunset and puffin being my favourites.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 06:04 AM

Has anyone else some green-water images to frighten the tropical fish with?

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 01:04 PM

Has anyone else some green-water images to frighten the tropical fish with?

Tim

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Who says that that you can't get blue water in northern waters, I can confirm that Shetland has blue water. That's 60 deg North!

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 12:52 PM

Nice shots Tim.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 12:48 AM

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 07:43 AM

... I can confirm that Shetland has blue water...


What about the next day's diving...

... eh?

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 02:02 PM

What about the next day's diving...

... eh?

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Tim

Do you mean the green water 24 hours later?

Something like this?

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:02 PM

Beautiful stuff Tim :-)
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:29 PM

It's taken a while, but I've finally put together a collection of images from a trip in June, accompanied by Dr Alex's Mustard and Tattersall, beyond the fringes of Scotland into the wild North Sea, to the historic and wildlife-rich Shetland Isles.

Shetland_2011_58_1293_Baltasound_fulmars.jpg

Fulmar, nesting on the island of Unst

The water can be pretty cold and the weather can be wet and windy, but the visibility, both above and below the water, can be spectacular.

Shetland_2011_11_1224_Bohus_.jpg

An edible crab sheltering in kelp off the island of Yell

In midsummer it is never dark: the "simmer glim" glows from a late sunset to a very early dawn.

Shetland_2011_87_1503_Noss_.jpg

A Polycera nudibranch from the island of Noss

The overnight ferry from a dour, dreich Aberdeen arrives in Lerwick, a town more Norse than Scots, in the morning. The Valkyrie, a marvellously adapted fishing boat, waits in Lerwick for the latest group of dry-suited divers. It's essential to have plenty of space in your suit as the Valkyrie specialises in wholesome, varied - and large - meals. The produce of Shetland, fruit of the land and sea, is delicious.

Shetland_2011_23_1328_Hascosay_Limacia_clavigera_nudibranch.jpg

A Limacia nudibranch, also from Noss

Shetland is noted for a collection of wrecks, both shallow and deep, old and new as well as cool, rich reefs and an abundance of temperate-water "critters".

Shetland_2011_84_1258_HMS_E49_.jpg

HMS E49, a submarine from the first World War, lost in action with all hands and a war grave

It's relatively unusual for Valkyrie to host shallow-water divers, as the mixed-gas wreck community are her usual customers, but she takes a boat-load of camera gear in her stride, even when the Coastguard drop in for a cup of tea.

Shetland_2011_45_Eshaness_panorama_05_Moo_stack.jpg

The lava flows and metamorphic cliffs of Eshaness in Northmavine

As is common in temperate British waters, the schedule is for two dives a day, with plenty of time to relax and to run ashore. The remains of thousands of years of human settlement litter the coastal cliffs and peat moorland of the islands, whilst seabirds, otters and whales patrol the cliffs and beaches. The violent volcanic birth of the Atlantic has left, in places, a twisted landscape of frozen lava and metamorphic rock.

Shetland 2011 slideshow

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:30 AM

Very nice photos Tim, sounds like a great trip!

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 02:47 AM

Outstanding photos Tim....
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 06:02 PM

Really beautiful photos. What were you shooting with?
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 09:32 PM

Very very nice photos!! The one of the lava flow cliffs is really awesome!
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:02 AM

Really beautiful photos. What were you shooting with?
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