Yellow-Browed Warbler - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

From Siberia with love

The Puffin Whisperer comes back from a walk and turns the back of her camera towards me to show me a bird …

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

Crossed mandibles

Beak deformities are quite common amongst birds. This Woodpigeon has crossed mandibles. I’d expect it to interfere with eating but it doesn’t …

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

Take off

It seems that only one day in every seven is sunny at the moment. And the days are short. So I’ve got …

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

Catkins

On my walk I grabbed a few shots in passing of glorious catkins in warm evening light. It’s reassuring to see trees …

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

Blushing

One of the most common fungi in UK woodlands is The Blusher. I’ve just found this photograph I took of one back …

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

Herring Gulls

Herring Gulls are fabulous to watch. I’ve enjoyed taking photographs of them in urban areas. There’s something quite alien about their presence. …

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

There are no words

If you ask this swan what species it is, it won’t tell you. It’s Mute.

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

Black-Headed Gulls at the Quay

Staying local for your exercise is difficult if brownfield sites are built upon, public spaces are full and green spaces are privately …

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

Grotesque

It was my birthday this week and unusually I’ve been able to see my birthday present being made in front of me. …

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

Sexton

This summer in Orkney we met up with two friends and fellow enthusiasts for a moth-trapping evening. I loved setting up their …

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

Staying local

In the first lockdown it was revealing just how much nature was all around me. I didn’t need to spend ages preparing …

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

A world of joy

If you can possibly manage it, get a magnifying glass. It turns the world into a magical one full of joy. Just …

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

The woman with sausages

Listen to artists. It doesn’t matter that you don’t understand them yet. Listen to them; then do what they suggest. They have …

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

Kitchen drawer wildlife

Woodlice. There are 3,500 species in the world and between 35 and 40 in the UK. They’re animals which many children know. …

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

Puffin icon

It was a very Puffin Christmas here. I received a Puffin Icon from the Puffin Whisperer. She used a solid wooden block …

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

The tortoise and the hare

We’re watching a kayaker paddle across Pierowall Bay with his fishing rod safely stowed when a motorboat comes past. Which one would …

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

Slip

It’s hard to see that cliffs are dangerous from the top of them. Seeing the Island from the sea gives a completely …

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

Triple lintel

Orkney is full of the evidence of master builders. Once stone is placed upon stone, then something is created which can last …

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

Scottish Primroses

In August we went looking for the Scottish Primrose, Primula scotica. It’s one of the few plants which grows in Scotland and …

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

Life, clinging on

There was a solitary flower of what looked like Sea Mayweed on the rocks on the exposed coast of Westray this summer. …