More kite flying practice - sort of

J Kerr, flying with the Fulmars. Photo taken by Prof Steve Poole
Yesterday I learned that you can't fly kites in a fog... but that Fulmars can fly in anything. 

Went over the Sandness and walked along the headland looking for a suitably open space where I would terrify the sheep. Arrived at Scaaga, an area below Sandness hill and set out my kite. Then spent about half an hour trying to launch...finally managed a few turns in the sky before it came down too many times and I gave up. Long enough to attract a couple of passing and very interested Fulmars though.  

Fog is not good - it suppresses any air currents and certainly has a similar affect on sea. Still, it looks quite dramatic with the cliffs disappearing as the fog drifts across them. 
Banks Head, fog and Fulmars Photo by Prof Steve Poole

So I packed off and stomped off to draw ( can do that in any weather). I sat on the edge of this dramatic bit of coastline, watched Fulmars taunting me by flying close and wheeling overhead, and listened to the singing of the seals somewhere below me.
Photo by Prof Steve Poole
Managed a couple of drawings which turned into part drawing - part watery mess, and then sat trying to dry out a very soggy sketch book, which in a fog takes some doing. 
Sketchbook - Sandness 1

Sketchbook - Sandness 2

Sketchbook - Sandness 3

Will load my attempts to film the Fulmars (if it's any good) at some point... if I can work out how to get the film off the GoPro and onto my computer.

Fact of the day: Did you know you can catch fog.......
Large nets are used to 'catch' the fog, with tiny 1mm openings accumulating the tiny water droplets which drip off into a gutter which collects the water.
An average size fog catcher of 40m3 can capture up to 66 litres of water a day, plentiful enough to supply a brewery which creates 24,000 litres a year of its signature beer Atrapaniebla (meaning "Fog Catcher")

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