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

Russian Corks

It’s getting more and more unusual to find Russian corks on the beaches and sea caves on Westray. Here are some sheltering …

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

Driftwood

There are precious few trees on Westray. Wood for buildings was a scarce material and driftwood was always salvaged by Islanders and …

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

Plastic ocean

The coast of Westray is beautiful. Beautiful, but blighted. It’s the recipient of plastic rubbish from across the ocean. There are more …

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.

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

Rock pool gardens

The rock pools of Westray are magnificent underwater gardens. Here, red Coral Weed makes a frondy jungle.

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

Russian Corks

There are corks jammed tight into the cracks in the rock in this Westray cave.

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

Telegraph insulator

I recognised this piece of pottery on a Westray beach instantly. It’s that bit attached to a telegraph pole which insulates it. …

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

Love and Groatie Buckies

There are many Groatie Buckies on Westray’s beaches. It takes real dedication to find them, though.

Beachcombing finds - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

A box of finds

Bones picked clean, floats, driftwood branches and strange objects all collected in a box; I love beachcombing.

Groatie Buckies - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Trivia – where three roads meet

The scientific name of the beautiful Groatie Buckie is Trivia arctica. It’s name comes from the Latin trivia, the plural of trivium …

Rusting Metal Buoy

Rusty metal buoy

I love beachcombing so I was delighted to find this metal buoy rusting on a beach; A beautiful find.