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

Sea Rocket

Sea Rocket covers the top of many beaches on Westray. Cakile maritima has either white or a pinky-lilac shade of flowers. Here’s …

Orkney Door Handle - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Orkney door handle

In Orkney wood rots and metal rusts. Door handles fall off. A piece of twine through a hole though? A piece of …

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

Sand Martins

The Sand Martins are teetering on the edge of leaving Westray now. Their chicks must be fully grown and there are only …

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

Gertrude Tanglewing

It’s been a very blustery day, it’s nearly dark and I’m just settling down for the evening when there’s an urgent message …

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

A pot boiler

Imagine you have no technology other than fire, stone, wood and bone. How would you cook food, other than directly by roasting …

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

Tangled roots

Grass looks so unremarkable and is so ever-present in Orkney that it takes something special to shock me into considering it from …

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

Greylag Geese

Greylag Geese are all over Westray at the moment because the farmers have created the perfect habitat for them: acres and acres of fresh green grass. It must be like waking up and seeing delicious breakfast as far as your eyes can see.

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

Rainbow waves

At the north end of Westray the Atlantic is unrestrained and waves crash into the coast making blowholes, sea caves and spectacular …

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

I’m Shy!

The critically endangered Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica. Climate change leading to lack of Sand Eels and marine pollution are the likely causes …

Baggage Check-In - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

One day all airports should be like this

Baggage check-in on Westray is not an arduous affair. Having said that, the flight to Papa Westray takes just two minutes, so ten minutes before your flight is still completely out of proportion.

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

Sanderling in the mud

Sanderling. It sounds like it could be a verb as well as a noun. If it’s a verb, then these Sanderlings are …

Blackening Waxcap on the A9 - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

As rare as Witches’ Hats

On the endless A9 as I travel north from Devon to Orkney the lay-by numbers help denote the passing of a day …

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

Puffin love

Puffins mate for life and meet up again every year to have their one egg and baby puffling. Can you tell?

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

The North Sea

The North Sea is magnificent. It’s been the victim of overfishing, suffered from industrial and agricultural runoff, dredging, and dumping of waste. …

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

Out on the cliffs

Out on the cliffs, in the windiest and most exposed spot, where the Puffins are, is a Wren.

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

Ringed Plover

There’s a bird on the rocks in Rapness Bay. In fact, there are two now: It’s a Ringed Plover. In Orkney it’s …

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

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 …

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

Stanger Head

Walking along the sea cliffs towards Stanger Head and the edges are covered in Sea Campion Silene uniflora: It’s got very distinctive …

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

Floating islands

Looking out across the Bay of Tuquoy we can see a mirage. It might be an island. The shape is constantly changing …

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

Wildflower meadow

It’s no wonder the field at Einar is a literal hive of activity with bees. The Red Clover Trifolium pratense is here …

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

One foot out of the duvet

When you’re just getting comfortable in bed and you realise you’ve got one foot sticking out of the duvet.