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

Whale

There’s a whale corpse in the car park at Taftend. It takes up the space a car would, or even a little …

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

The glories of Woody Nightshade

Once there were purple flowers here with protruding yellow stamens. Now there are berries: It’s Bittersweet, also known as Woody Nightshade, Solanum …

Sulphur Tuft - Wistman's Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Sulphur Tuft

They’re an unearthly yellow colour. They sprout at the bases of decaying trees. They grow in tufts and tight bundles. They are …

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

Lighthouse shadows

I had an enjoyable time flying a drone this summer. I only set it up a few times, as I had to …

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

Autumn Parasols

One of the exciting finds at Killerton on our fungus foray with the Devon Fungus Group is a Parasol Mushroom. Our leader …

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

Lydford Gorge

Gabriel and I are visiting the deepest gorge in the South West at Lydford, owned by the National Trust. We’re walking along …

Beefsteak Fungus - Wistman's Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

When beef grows on a oak tree

We’re in Wistman’s Wood when I spot a familiar sight. It’s a Beefsteak Fungus, Fistulina hepatica. It’s only small and I’m not …

Wistman's Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The magical forest

My son Gabriel’s coming to visit for the weekend. He’s bringing his camera and wants to have a few trips out. We …

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

Noltland Castle

I’ve wanted to take a decent photograph of Noltland Castle ever since I first saw it, as I struggled up the hill …

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

Fields like corduroy

I love the hay and silage fields on Westray. From above they look just like corduroy, with their parallel cords of cut …

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

Scenes from the sea

It’s all about perspective. Looking at familiar scenes from a different place always makes you think more deeply about them. Similarly, seeing …

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

Grobust

Grobust is one of my favourite beaches on Westray. Can you see the bodyboarders with their bright boards? I love the slightly …

Westray Regatta 2021 - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Regatta Day

I love the Westray Regatta. I don’t understand which boats are which. I don’t know the rules. I don’t know where they …

David - The Hall of Einar

The return of the pot-boiler

There’s a spot on Westray where a buried ruin of a house is being lost to the sea. Whenever there’s a storm …

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

Harbour Seals

Amazingly, there are limbs inside the fat-suit which seals wear. You would, however, be forgiven for thinking otherwise: This one is delicately …

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

Greta Gannet

We’re watching the Gannets at Noup Head when the Puffin Whisperer gets very excited. She’s seen one with an egg. The adult …

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

Puffling in a flap

It’s rare to see a puffling, as young Puffins are called. They’re usually hidden in their rock or earth burrows, safe from …

Thistle at Noup - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Noup in the mist

Noup Head lighthouse isn’t visible until we’re almost on top of it. There’s dew on the grass and on the purple flowers …

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

Skeldro, Chaldro or Shaalder

There’s a Skeldro, Chaldro or Shaalder, as the Oystercatcher is known in Orkney, in the air. It’s giving me what can only be …

Puffin chased by Arctic Skua - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chasing Puffins

There’s a marked difference in the size of fish which Puffins bring to their burrows. I’m sure that they were bringing smaller …

Great Black-Backed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Harsh life

We are at Noup Head watching the birds fly by. We get a close pass from a Great Black-Backed Gull. Aren’t they …