Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Storm surfers

It's been quite stormy lately in Orkney, which has made for some impressive seas around the coastline.

This is Yesnaby a few days after the strom. The waves are still pretty impressive and I can only imagine what they'd have been like a couple of days previously.




As we were out west for the afternoon, we headed along to the Bay of Skaill to see if there were any kite surfers out, and happily there were. While they were getting ready to take to the water, I spent some time watching the waves hitting the cliffs to the left of the bay - very impressive.




At times the waves nearer the shore were so big, I could barely see the cliffs!


Kite surfer ready for the off...




I did take rather a lot of photos, and couldn't decide which I liked best, so have uploaded a lot here (and believe it or not, this is actually only a small selection of the photos I took.) I'm pleased with how these turned out anyway, as it wasn't easy to hold the camera steady in the wind, especially with fingers which were gradually getting colder and colder. And then it started raining for a bit..... which did give us a lovely rainbow - complete with a 'crock of gold'.


At least I kept my feet dry ... unlike some!


Hopefully the kite surfers will be able to see these photos too.... I don't know who they are, but Orkney being Orkney, I know the mother of a friend of theirs, so can hopefully get a message to them.  Enjoy. :-)









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5 comments:

scott johnston said...

kitesurfers are Peter Hume and Colin Jackson,peter is flying the dark kite and wearing the hood and colin is flying the light kite.

Fiona said...

Thanks, Scott - I thought you would know who they were. Tell them to contact me if they want copies of any of the photos.

Sian said...

Brilliant photos!! Would love to see the kite surfers myself! completely brilliant if bonkers.... ;-)

pete said...

Hi fiona, i'm Peter, one of the kiters - scott sent me a link to your blog. some great shots there - would love a copy of some at higher res if you're able to email them? Address is peterjph@gmail.com .... many thanks!

thelandlady said...

Can't make up my mind if that looks fun,.... or just very wet and scary....