Spring Around the Corner

I think Spring is just around the corner.

Earlier this week, from my car, I saw this little black and white pile.  It demanded some further investigation

Once I had confirmed its identity (exactly what I had hoped it was), – an oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) – I felt happy knowing winter is on its way out, albeit very slowly, and we probably still have some Arctic flurries to go.

But an oystercatcher is an oystercatcher.  The first one you see in the year is always the best one!

This morning, on my way home from Sumburgh airport (youngest off south), I drove past this amazing beach and I decided I should take some pics as the light was magical.

This is West Voe off Sumburgh Head – one of the four Shetland beaches that have won a Seaside Award from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

There was a very cold wind blowing.

The waves were huge and I felt very buffeted as I stood at the top of the sand dunes.

As you can see, it is very close to the airport!

The ruins are the prehistoric and Norse settlement, Jarslhof.

When I got home, I found the horses lying down out of the fierce wind, except for Efstur who immediately stood up when he realised I might be taking a photo.  He then decided to annoy his bestie, Hjalti.

Spring is called Voar here from Old Norse ‘var’.

Just around the corner.  I hope I am not being lulled into a false sense of security.

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