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Thursday, July 02, 2009

This is Yell...

For twenty-seven consecutive summers I brought students to Island of Yell to undertake ecological monitoring research in the maritime approaches to the Shetland Oil Terminal. The position of Yell in relation to Shetland as a whole can be seen in the map in the post below (it is the island to which the red arrow points).

The island of Yell is reached from the Shetland Mainland by means of small "roll-on roll-off" ferries

The first impression of Yell is a huge peat moor that can look inviting to explore in weather like this. In less favourable conditions, Yell can appear to be the most inhospitable place on earth and many visitors regard Yell as a transition island on the way to more "attractive" islands further north

With a little patience and exploration, however, Yell reveals her colourful secrets like this river of yellow iris flowers

If the landscapes of Yell are not so spectacular, the seascapes are dramatic. The islands in Yell Sound (the stretch of sea separating Yell from the Shetland Mainland) were an important focus for our research work

The rocky cliffs bordering the west coast of Yell are a haven for nesting seabirds...

...like this Fulmar (Maalie)

The glory days of yester-year: this ruined mansion called Windhouse is said to be haunted

Our home for twenty-seven summers (and mine during this stay on Yell) is this community hall, the Royal Maalie Court at the Herra which, although modest...

...offers splendid views of the Whaal Firth fjord

Yell Sound at midnight on the Summer Solstice. Not quite far enough north to see the Midnight Sun, but nevertheless it remains light enough to read a newspaper!


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15 Comments:

Anonymous gwendolen said...

I love your photos. Excellent work.

I hope you don't mind me asking, but do you have a Flickr stream?

7:53 pm  
Blogger Steffi said...

Stunning photo┬┤s!What for a fantastic landscape.Wonderful!Have a nice weekend!

8:04 pm  
Blogger simon said...

geez such memories. Powerful photos that evoke thoughts of eating crabs, the Yell Sound boating song, the Zodiac. Big Dave falling into bogs ( and falling out of the car) chasing birds...Discoveries of ancient mill stones, Me being one of the last members of the Rumble club....

I cou;ld write a HUGE list.. warm Red Hot Mcewins... left outside to keep them "cool"

My attempt at swimming, in the surf...

Shetland will always remain very close to my heart.

12:02 am  
Blogger Island Rambles Blog said...

I loved the old ruins and the last photo is special...really nice series of shots..I can't find the right words to describe your blog..it is so good...like a feast of a blog here!!!

2:04 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

I like the elegant simplicity of Yell. Would be nice to be as far north as possible, to see the midnight sun then.

5:34 am  
Blogger Bonnie Bonsai said...

You have fantastic photos with educational history trip to go along with. I love Fulmar! Really, all of them are excellent.

I'm here: Australia:Quadrat in Focus

I also like your header King MAALIE

1:21 pm  
Blogger Regina said...

Thanks for sharing. Great shots.

2:10 pm  
Blogger Angel... said...

Thats really a beautiful Shots..Thanks so much for sharing with you.

2:34 pm  
Blogger Arija said...

A wonderful post! Spectacular scenery and skies interspersed with flora and avian interest. I would love to be up there with you checking on all the nesting birds and investigating the haunted house.

3:16 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Is Windhouse haunted with the souls of long lost birdwatchers?

4:46 pm  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Maalie... Beautiful shots taken.. Very nice landscape to visit ...
Take Care

8:26 pm  
Blogger Shrinky said...

Maalie, these photographs are quite stunning - and I love that description of a river of yellow iris flowers - so eloquently put.

You must know this place like the back of your own hand by now, does it feel like coming home?

5:57 pm  
Blogger Shammickite said...

That's gorgeous. I love bleak faraway places, the seasca[es, the moors, the birds. Wish I could visit this place one day. But sadly, it's unlikely.
But I'll be in Newfoundland walking the cliff paths next month.... so that will make up for it.

3:52 pm  
Blogger nyght said...

i like your all photes. really its looking great with green field.

john

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1:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Jim! Great to see your Yell photos on here. I hear you made it back last summer. Yell summers were never the same without you birdie folk. Great times, and great hoolies in the Herra. Hope you're well, Lynda (Peerie Carl's & Jean's Lynda)

11:21 pm  

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