October through the fisheye

It is the time of less precocious, though spectacular sunrises, filled with birdsong on a calm day. Yet, as I type winter has made an appearance. It was only last Monday when I captured this luminous skyline. Starlings woke up at 8 a.m. and began to perch on fenceposts. They then advertised morning light in their click-a-ting – or dare I say, Bushmen from the Kalahari style tongue. I recorded them for pleasure. Here is the moment of pleasure 🙂

But then again, my favourite sunrise at this time of year still emerges from above the island of Mousa, just east off my township. Just as pictured below. Just breathtaking, as I never take it for granted. earth & sky spectacle on my way to work every morning…

sunrise over Mousa, 11 October 2012

Sometimes in chaotic light, always defiant to the clouds.

How did I see this October? Retrospective through the fisheye .

I loved its moments of sheer blue, when light refracts without complex!  From the western end of the island’s westside, from Sandness to Walls, with good friends, and new ones as well. The kind of blue that makes you drift away from everything you wish… Sense of pleasure from Arcania 🙂

Walls, Westside, Shetland on a crystalline blue day, 19 Oct 2012

My friend & fellow writer, Robin’s house (far right), Walls, 19 Oct 2012

Uyea still tastes a fabulous hors d’oeuvre to moments of clear blue.

Only two days before that, titanium filled my lens, together with chaotic light through hues of jade, as I wandered and drifted along my sandbridge. There I met with October’s dwellers – long-tailed ducks on flypast, knots & ringed plovers… And broken shells.

Ninian skyline, 17 October 2012

knot & ringed plover by the surf, 17 Oct 2012

still on wet sand,

broken shell, 17 Oct 2012

I love that constant game of light & its impact onto my world.

From blue – via titanium grey – to gold, as light shines so luminous on everything it touches – land, heather, sand or feathers. It is a time of honey or even sheer gold – dazzling my heart & iris.

starling in generous light, 23 Oct 2012

Light on the Ward of Scousburgh, 25 Oct 2012

northern lapwing (juvenile) in afternoon sun, 23 Oct 2012

grey heron at Boddam Voe, 25 Oct 2012

magic moments!

And sunsets too proved a delight 🙂

home sunset, 16 Oct 2012

But then, everything changed so radically, as air turned crisp – so raw from the Northerly direction.

That’s when grass bends and yields to the hidden claws of winter.

Winter, so precocious, with or without a business card.

Somebody noticed with a grin & question mark – “snow, snow, already?” First snow – even in the form of humble dusting – sometimes appears in October. That game of light turns into glowing chaotic! Friday morning did not disappoint a snowflake, or a rose hip.

looking south towards Sumburgh, in full colours

starlings now know where to find scraps through green & white…

This year’s rookies from the garden world will make themselves more gregarious and rely on us to help them survive this winter, as this very first cold snap really bites.  Time to make brand new fat balls for avian friends, hanging on trees, still clad with leaves.

 October has proven a rainbow month through a gigantic kaleidoscope. And as we near to Samhain, that time of year, when the veil between the living & the dead reaches its thinnest seam, a darker phase is just about to start in earnest in a few days, as we shall start sliding to Yule… Light exodus, as my whole world will be eager to reach & cross winter solstice.

It is time for candles, warmth from close friends, hearty soups and mulled wine 🙂


Leave a comment

Filed under 2012, 60N, Arcania, birds, celebration, colours, earth, fire, geopoetics, home, images, island, ninian, shore, snow, spirit, wind, winter, writing

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s