she burns... she burns... by NordicBlackbird

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From the Shetland series -

South Mainland Up-Helly-Aa 2010.

Everybody marvelled at the graceful lines of the beautifully crafted galley Skidbladnir, so briefly skippered by Jarl Aleksandur Liefsson on 12 March 2010.
Yet she was built for an ephemeral maiden voyage fated to end up in smoke, as over 300 guizers decended on Ninian Sands to watch her burn.

I still remember the cheers from the assembly, both on the beach and on sand dunes when she was launched… Emotional.

Now the sun can return.

“nordicblackbird” – pirate, poet, visual artist, maritimer… day-dreamer, nomadic heart par excellence :)). I write and breathe on 60N, “my” bonhoga [spiritual home] with a penchant for world collaborative adventures. Welcome, bonjour to my nordic garden :).

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  • Oncemore
    Oncemorealmost 5 years ago

    Wow…wonderfully captured:))

  • thank you kindly, V :)) xx

    – NordicBlackbird

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...almost 5 years ago

    Bet you all had a great time.
    Nice capture Nat.

  • we had a spree!!! Thank you kindly, my friend :)) xx

    – NordicBlackbird

  • Terry Mooney
    Terry Mooneyalmost 5 years ago

    superb capture Nat.

  • thank you kindly, Terry,just like the boat, am burning the midnight oil once again……. :)) xx

    – NordicBlackbird

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 5 years ago

    Great night image,

  • thank you very kiundly, B :)) xx

    – NordicBlackbird

  • EchoNorth
    EchoNorthalmost 5 years ago

    Amazing capture of such a dramatic blaze!! Colour me impressed- this is an image that will stick with me awhile:)

  • thanks, Echo :)) x

    – NordicBlackbird

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderfully captured Nat!! must have been a great night!!xoxox

  • thank you so much, sweet Kate :)) xxxx

    – NordicBlackbird

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “All About Boating”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Thank you very much, dear Mods :))

    – NordicBlackbird

  • JanieNews
    JanieNewsalmost 5 years ago

    Wow! Brilliant capture of a sad event.

  • Thank you kindly, but the event is far from sad – celebrating the return of the sun! :))

    – NordicBlackbird

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 5 years ago

    What an amazing sight – really captures the essence of old

  • thank you, kala friend :)) xx

    – NordicBlackbird

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalalmost 5 years ago

    Hi Nat, this would be a great addition to the Islands group. I think it’s a wonderful tradition. Would love to be there one day.

  • Wooopppsss, ok, my friend – will do this right away! :)

    – NordicBlackbird

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