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IOS-Isles Of Scilly Next Stop

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  2021, a year of Archipelagos for Sarah , Skyelark and me -Bahamas, Shetland, and next week IOS, Isles of Scilly. Actually Scilly is a ‘they’. An archipelago of 140 or so islands, islets and rocks. Where is it? When you reach Land’s End...keep going(by air or sea) 28 miles due South. We will be in St. Mary’s, the largest of the islands at 2½ miles by 1¾ miles. It is home to most of the people of the Isles of Scilly.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif)

Off The Island

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  Left Fair Isle with Skyelark today. Sarah will follow by Plane... I will ferry the little Scottie across to Aberdeen then drive down south for 12 hours! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif)   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif)

Fair Isle Day Tripper

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 Show rather than tell- So enamored with the technology and immediacy of youtube, instagram and FB. Ansel Adams, famous wilderness box photographer said, ...only photographs can tell the truth... It is indisputable...(videos too).  You can embellish and BS and make things up, and I am all for one  not letting the truth get into the way of telling a good story---But Beauty is truth and truth is beauty and when you capture the motion of the ocean or these clouds in a reflective pool, there is a kind of integrity that usurps words. The visual vocabulary that the cinematic wizards use to trompe the eye are unnecessary here: Point and shoot and  let Mother Nature and Father Time do the rest. Roll Video...

Happy Days In the Life Of Our Dog On Fair Isle

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    Another glorious day on Fair Isle. Where? Shetland, also called the Shetland Islands and formerly Zetland. It  is a subarctic archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, situated in the Northern Atlantic, between Great Britain, the Faroe Islands and Norway. It is the northernmost part of Scotland and of the wider United Kingdom. And 24 miles from Shetland  Mainland. It is Britian's most remote inhabited island--- Fair Isle. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif)

Wild Swimming Cancelled Today

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The Anthropology of Green- The Pastures, Silage and Moss Of Fair Isle

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I, the land Now on Fair Isle, because of salt water, and clearings for sheep, there are no such things as trees on Fair Isle. The Life of wood, and how it shows growth death and  rebirth, is just a soveneir. There is another kind of ecosystem here, and it works, a solitude but not lonlieness, and a general unwinding of the worlds we have known. The only thing to stand guard between the solitude of me is two defient rocky mountains in the distance, as  I look out of our kitchen window . Yet these rocks rock! Love it here. In all its stark spledor. I have had this saying: I haven't been everywhere, but it is on my list. Well, Fair Isle is North Of Everywhere.     I was asked today, "Who is the most important person I ever met?" I answered: "That mountain." Gathering Moss Paying attention  to life here at all scales, I obviously can see these big mountians but it is the little moss that grows on them that fascinates too.  Mosses, to be sure, are scientifically imp