HU2676 : Black Skerry of Houlma Sound

taken 12 months ago, near to Hillswick, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Black Skerry of Houlma Sound
Black Skerry of Houlma Sound
On an anticlockwise circuit of the Ness of Hillswick, visiting the Drongs, passing between the Isle of Westerhouse and Black Skerry brings the first exposure to the swell from the southwest and less inclination to let go of the paddle to take photographs! This one was taken whilst the Isle of Westerhouse (on the left) was still providing some shelter. Although the wind had dropped from the force six and above we'd had at the start of the trip, the open ocean still provided enough swell for us to keep a bit of distance from cliffs, stacks and, most especially, reefs.

The rocks of the island and skerry are, like the Ness of Hillswick itself, dark metamorphic rocks of the Queyfirth Group (Neoproterozoic in age and perhaps correlated with the Dalradian of mainland Scotland). By contrast the cliffs seen on the right at No Ness, are the very red, and much younger volcanic rocks of Middle Devonian age, part of the Esha Ness Volcanic Formation
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 27 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Saturday, 7 July, 2018
Geographical Context
Coastal  Sport, Leisure  Islands  Estuary, Marine  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Category (from Tags)
Skerry  Sea Kayaking 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 2655 7607 [10m precision]
WGS84: 60:28.0499N 1:31.1407W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 2669 7603
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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