The Underground Past of Shetland
After breakfast, we stepped outside our hotel and spent an hour in the Jarlshoff Ruins. This was a step up from the others, much more complete in restoration and a guided audio program made it more interesting. Luckily we were rain-free since we arrived, other than the sleet and freezing rain we experienced briefly yesterday at the abandoned fishing village, Fethaland.
Next, after a little shopping at a custom sweater knitting studio (www.shetland-knitware.co.uk) where Karen bought a beautiful sweater, we went to the beach. We went to St. Minian’s Island in Bigton Village, which is a tombolo. I learned from Ann that a tombolo is a strip of land connecting an island to the mainland. This tiny strip of beach was quite beautiful.
After the beach, we went into town for dinner, music, and some night time shooting. The music might have been OK if it were not for our lousy seating in a noisy bar, we really couldn’t hear a thing. So out we went and wandered the town. There is a beautiful waterfront, an “old town” as well. We finally shut down about 12:45 and were back around 2:00 am.
It Was an Excellent Night.
This was the first time I really enjoyed night shooting without the rain. Funny thing is that the rain makes everything look better but it’s impossible to move around easily when it’s down pouring. None the less, for as uncomfortable as we were, the rain polished the stone roads like jewels glistening in the spot lights, providing us with a rich palette of colors, shapes and textures to focus in on.
We had to be at breakfast at 8:30 so sleep was not the priority that night. And we didn’t get much. So off to bed with another exciting day ahead. Shetland may be one of the undiscovered gems of this trip for me, the architecture and flavors of the town and the coastline are all worth another visit, I am sure.