Started out fine so set off across the island to the Norwegian Sea coast, interesting drive, bit hairy in places because of icy conditions and it did not look as though anyone had cleaned up in a while.
Once I got across it was all very sleepy and wild. On the way back the weather turned again and had a blizzard to drive back through, so not too many images.
Pretty fair all day so did some more explorative drives but nothing too exciting.
Best day so far and did a fair bit of hiking up in the hills and was getting plenty images, hope can make something out of them.
After that took a drive out to check the Orca. Not there! Hmm!!
So cut my losses and drove back some of Mondays drive in the hope of capturing some of the image opportunities that I thought I saw. They were there but finding them really hard to capture well. Practice, practice.
Faint trace of the Aurora in the evening, just as a band sweeping across and going north up over Andøya. Very high up and not really the fiery turbulent sort Terry and I saw a few years ago. It was a start at least and the weather is hopefully going to stay fine for a few days, so fingers ‘xed.
‘xed for ‘nowt. Cloudy and/or overcast all day and now as it gets dark,15:45, it has started to lightly snow and is fairly cloudy, which of course means no hay Aurora tonight.
Took a drive around up beyond Myre, on the way to which last time I parked in the ditch. Very interesting first stop was at an old Church in a place called Langenes which is just before Stø. The Church is right up on the most northerly tip of the Vesterålen and the village dates back to the Middle Ages! From in front of the Church there is this tremendous view all the way down the Westerly coastline of Andøya as far down to Bleik Island. Which as we all know is a major nesting area for the Puffins, don’t we?
From there carried on round the corner onto the NNW tip and one arrives in Stø. Very busy there at the moment, it is a fishing village, what else could it be up here, and the Cod have reached this part of their trip down the Gulf Stream from Greenland on there way to spawn. Wherever, haven't found that out yet. They must be doing fairly well as the stock-fish frames are quite full and the stench needs to be experienced. I’m surprised it doesn’t draw every cat from a radius of hundreds of miles.
On the way back to Myre I took a branch off to check out Nyksund. This also on the west coast immediately south of Stø but there is no connection by road between them.
The guy that winched me out of the ditch mentioned it to me, also mentioned that it would not be accessible on my good old German winter tyres. He was right! Very much a do not drive with Terry route.
It was in earlier days a very remote fishing village and I guess they got pissed off being out there all by themselves and they all upped and left. Been abandoned for years but folks have become interested and are slowly moving back in and renovating the really interesting old time buildings. Looks real cool, need a great deal of the ready though I should think.
Just downloaded the few images of the Church and Nyksund. Very blue expletives and things. For the bin, it was so cold thought I’d be quick and clever and do without the tripod. Good leveller that one.