First I looked out at the stunning view above, then down at the grass. Here you see plantains, Plantago lanceolata, flowering in the grass (blog on plantains).
|narrow-leafed plantain, Plantago lanceolata, in the grass|
Everywhere you go along the North Atlantic in Europe in May, you see marsh marigolds, Caltha pallustris. They are pretty. They are also not eaten by the equally universal sheep.
|marsh marigold, Caltha pallustis|
|sheep on Shetland|
We had beautiful weather for part of the day. Here is a panoramic view. And, on the sandy beach below, seals.
There was mist on the coast of course:
|sheep in the mist|
Hanging from the cliffs were lovely spring wildflowers. Below, the pink flowers on the cliff edge are thrifts (or sea thrifts and sea pinks, Armeria maritima in the carnation family, Caryophyllaceae).
|pink thrifts (Armeria maritima) on the cliff edge|
The lichens on the rocks were a source of amazement to me. I had read of Scots dyeing with lichens and couldn't imagine how they could gather enough to dye much of anything. But the lichens were thick on rockwork that was relatively new, so apparently some grow rapidly.
|tall lichens (1 cm to 1 inch tall)|
Or course we wanted to see "Shetland ponies." Alas, I didn't get anything other than the daisies into the picture for scale, so it is hard to see they are petit. (The daisies are the common daisy, lawndaisy, English daisy, Bellis perennis, sunflower family, Asteraceae, the short one found growing in lawns, not what I called "daisy" as a child, the ox-eye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare).
There were more wildflowers than I could photograph, but here are a few:
|a cinquefoil, Potentilla|
I saw only part of two of the islands that make up the Shetland group. There is a lot there to explore!
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