Stanger Head

Walking along the sea cliffs towards Stanger Head and the edges are covered in Sea Campion Silene uniflora:

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

It’s got very distinctive flowers so it’s also known as ‘dead man’s bells’, ‘witches’ thimbles’ and ‘Devil’s hatties’.

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

It’s related to the Carnation:

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

It’s meant to be unlucky to pick, but like many superstitions that’s nonsense; unless you fall off the cliff picking it, of course.

Further down the cliffs are clumps of Sea Mayweed Tripleurospermum maritimum:

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

Its ability to cling on is remarkable:

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

It’s meant to have a feint Chamomile-like scent, but I won’t be clambering down the cliffs to try it:

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

There are also soft cushions of Sea Pinks or Thrift, Armeria maritima:

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

I’m only just old enough to remember coins pre-decimalisation and Thrift was one of the images on the back of a thre’penny bit (a three pence piece):

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

It’s a glorious evening to be out:

After Sea Campion, Sea Mayweed and Sea Pinks I almost expect the Angelica to be Sea Angelica, but it isn’t.

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

It’s only when we turn for home we see what an amazing evening it really is:

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

We head for home as the Earth turns to night.

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