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December 2016

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

Struggling up the property ladder

Finding a new home is always a struggle. There’s the emotional wrench of leaving your old home behind, the uncertainty of whether you’ll fit into your new place and the difficulty of finding somewhere suitable when there’s so much competition. It’s difficult for people in the same way it’s difficult for Hermit Crabs.

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

Wren on a chilly morning

There are millions of Wrens in the UK and yet they are so elusive. Today’s cold weather seems to have brought them …

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

Bitter cold

It was bitterly cold out on the Exminster Marshes this morning.

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

Canada Geese

Today I had a trip to Exminster Marshes. There were 1,500 Canada Geese on the fields.

Herring Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Herring Gull

I’m currently searching for Herring Gulls so I can take some close-up photographs of them. As you do. I took some close-up …

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

Gannet

The name Gannet comes from the Old English ganot which means strong or masculine. It’s from the same Old Germanic root as …

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

My eyes popped out on stalks

My eyes metaphorically popped out on stalks when I saw this Hermit Crab in a Westray rock pool. There are well over …

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

Curlew

Curlews are in serious decline across the UK. It’s probably because so much of the land is used for food production and …

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

Boulder clay

These small red cliffs on Westray look just like Boulder Clay to me. I loved studying physical geography as a child, after …

The stranger on the shore - The Hall of Einar - photograph by David Bailey (not the)

The stranger on the shore

Westray has no sandstone rocks, yet it has occasional sandstone pebbles on its beaches. Here’s one. It was brought from the island …

Stones in deeply etched caves - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Stones in deeply etched caves

We’re exploring caves around the coast of Westray when we discover this wonderful depression filled with stones and pebbles inside a deeply …

Early blue light - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Early blue light

I usually have no idea what the dawn is like. I’m sure that if you looked at the number of photographs I …