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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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".

 

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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.

 

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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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The Fraoich Bhan, a fishing boat capsized in rough weather

 

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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

 

Tim

 

:)

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

 

Stew

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

 

Tim

 

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

 

Tim

 

:)

 

Tim

 

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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All the best

 

Gordon

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Nice shots Tim.

 

Paul C

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

 

What about the next day's diving...

 

... eh?

 

Tim

 

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What about the next day's diving...

 

... eh?

 

Tim

 

:)

 

Tim

 

Do you mean the green water 24 hours later?

 

Something like this?

 

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All the best

 

Gordon

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Beautiful stuff Tim :-)

Im green and blue with envy!

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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.

 

post-4522-1313854148.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.

 

post-4522-1313854048.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.

 

post-4522-1313854166.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.

 

post-4522-1313854234.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".

 

post-4522-1313854118.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.

 

post-4522-1313854095.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

 

:)

 

 

Awesome images !!!!!!!!

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Outstanding photos Tim....

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Really beautiful photos. What were you shooting with?

Steve

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Really beautiful photos. What were you shooting with?

Steve

 

Nikon D300s, Nauticam & Inon strobes; a big dome, Nikon & Tokina fisheyes, a tandard flat port, 60mm and 105mm Nikkor micro lenses, once ortwice with a +5D internal close-up lens on the 105mm.

 

:D

 

Tim

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