Thrift - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Sea Thrift

In August the Sea Pinks, known as Thrift, are often just dried husks on the cost of Westray: Majestic Cliffs In June …

Boletus edulis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The quiet hunt

There’s something in the air today in Devon. It’s the merest hint of a dampness and a chill in the air whispering …

Green Pools - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Green pools

Westray’s coastline has magnificent layers of sedimentary rocks. In places there are folds and cracks: A crack in the rocks leads to …

Puffin with Sandeels - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Puffarazzi

The RSPB are running a great citizen science project at the moment. They are calling for Puffarazzi – an army of Puffin …

Curious Steers - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Curious Beef Steers

They always say you can judge a man by the quality of his shoes. You can also identify the type of an …

Flying Puffin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Flying Puffins

I’m currently without my telephoto lens. It’s being repaired. That means my prime chance of photographing Puffins is going to waste. I’m …

Fattie Cutties - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Fattie Cutties

No trip to Westray is complete without a visit to Peter Miller’s shop for some Fattie Cutties. Now even though Fattie Cutties …

Puffins - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Puffins on Parade

Puffins are always a pleasure to see and to photograph: They are such elegant birds, with stunning details in their plumage: Sometimes, …

Mice Nibble - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mice nibble… anything!

Mice. They’ll nibble anything. Anything. Any. Thing. There was the time they nibbled my sleeping bag: Mice nibble… #8 That wasn’t very …

Great Yellow Bumblebee - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Blonde Bombshell

I’m buzzing with excitement. There are big blonde bees in the garden at Einar. I suspect they are Great Yellow Bumblebees. I …

Sea Slater - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Flagstones and Slaters

Looking into the cracks in the flagstones I see what looks to be a freakishly large Woodlouse. It’s a Sea Slater…

Yoghurt - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Guess the Yoghurt Flavour

Over the past decade on Westray one thing has struck me very forcefully: the ability of the shops to stock a single flavour of yoghurt in curious and slightly obsessive depth…

The Atlantic - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Atlantic

Westray has two sides: a North Sea side and an Atlantic Ocean side. They meet with dramatic consequences at the northernmost and …

Flat Periwinkle - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Collecting and sorting

I’m on the beach when I see a few different Flat Periwinkles. I’m fascinated by their different colours and patterns.

Common Seals - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Seal of Approval

These Common Seals love hauling out in Pierowall Bay: They are often there. Together they look as if they ought to have …

Flying Puffins - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Technical Puffins

I’ve taken many artistic Puffin portraits over the past few weeks. They are glorious models and it’s always a challenge to capture …

Westray coastline - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Up, across or down?

The Westray coastline is so beautiful on a glorious day it’s hard to know whether to look up, look across or look …

Fulmar Chick - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Fulmar Chicks

Westray is an environment of sea and stone and air. Fulmars have complete mastery of the air. Their flight is elegant and unflapping irrespective of the direction in which they fly. They can turn and wheel around, adjust their position and react with astonishing speed.

Puffins - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Prancing Puffins

Puffins mate for life. This pair are keeping each other company on a rock ledge outside their burrow near the Castle o’ …

Gannets at Noup Head - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Gannets at Noup

I’m hanging over the edge of a 75 metre high cliff looking down at the dizzying heights below. The smell of a …

Westray Regatta - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lugs, Skiffs and Yoles

I’m surrounded by lugs, skiffs and yoles. There are even bugs and centre-board allcomers. I’m at the Westray Regatta. I recognise what …

Black Guillemot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Tystie and a Topknot

The coastline around Westray is wonderful on a glorious summer’s day. We’re on the trail of Black Guillemots, or Tysties as they …

Curlew - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Whaup Whaup overhead

A trip to the Bay of Skaill reveals the shallow turquoise waters which look Caribbean to someone as starved of heat as …