There was plenty of rain yesterday afternoon and through the first part of the night. I decided to have a wander along the road to Smoo Cave. I was a bit late setting off as I couldn’t decide what to wear. Not because I have an extensive wardrobe but the weather couldn’t make up it’s mind. Eventually I decided to risk it in a shirt and fleece. I got wet.
Lots of Meadow Pipits to keep us entertained on our stroll. It’s only a mile or so but there is no alternative to the road and I don’t like walking on roads, this road has a steep uphill bit and I dislike uphill. Not very much going for it has the road to Smoo Cave.
This is the pot hole leading into the cave. They have done a great deal of work here to improve access but the new bridge has such high guard fencing that you have to hoick yourself up and lean over to get this view. It’s more dangerous than it was before.
This is the entrance. It’s got lots of very nice ferns, lichens, Rock Doves, Fulmar and Starlings. People were starting to arrive so I thought I would save the inside for another day when there is more water flowing. It is misty and damp. I was using the 430EX strobe and it isn’t even damp proof. A bit worrying when I stop to consider the voltages it generates. I did have a good look round inside so will leave you with a couple of snaps.
I nearly had an embarrassing accident. I was standing in the dark flashing away when someone decided it was opening time and switched these lights on. Frightened me to death it did. The 430 strobes aren’t really powerful enough. I have some old Vivitar ones which I’ll check for shoe voltage. I suspect they will be 300v. They can be fired manually and one of them is waterproof or was twenty years ago. I’ll pop back early one morning set some light stands up, leave the camera on bulb and hand fire the flashes. I’ll also try and get some pictures of the Rock Doves. To be honest they look suspiciously like a feral pigeon to me but I’m assured that they are posh birds.
Have a wonderful week.