Rapness rolling rocks

Rapness has some of the most interesting rocks on Westray. There are lots of rounded red sandstone pebbles. These rocks were dragged to Westray from Eday’s red sandstones and dumped here 15,000 years ago by retreating glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The’ve been rounded by the waves a little in the last few thousand years:

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

I love the rings in the red sandstone from sand deposits from the red sand deserts which surrounded Lake Orcadie:

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

There are beautiful yellow ochre stones too:

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

And many of the boulders have patterns, lines and lighter squiggles throughout them:

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

There is colour and interest everywhere against a perfect grey backdrop.

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