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If the horizon

is the line where the sea touches the sky then there are few horizons in Shetland. The convoluted, serpentine coastline hides the horizon behind islands, inlets, cliff and hills. Even where the land drops away into the Atlantic or the North Sea the horizon disappears behind deep clouds and haze.

I came here thinking that, this time, I would be able to see Shetland as it really was. What hubris, what foolish pride! Once again, Shetland lies open and clear beneath the sky and hides itself in plain sight.

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