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

A Sand Plowman’s lunch

The name Sanderling is from the Old English sand-yrðling, or ‘sand-ploughman’. I’m enjoying watching them eating their ploughman’s lunch. Still photographs may give you …

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

Eider/Or

There’s a Dunter, Somateria mollissima, commonly known as the Eider Duck, on the waves. I particularly like the chick’s hairstyle. When it …

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

Wet Gannet, shaking

This Gannet was very wet after a dive. As it flew past it decided to shake itself dry. I suspect it’s the …

Slug on the sink - The Hall of Einar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Slugs on the draining board

The disadvantage of being without a shell is that you’re less well protected. The advantage of being without a shell is that …

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

Sandy Laverock

This juvenile Ringed Plover is a wonderful bird. In Orkney the Ringed Plover is called Sandy Laverock. The UK conservation status of …

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

Trees bursting into flower

At this time of year it’s import to remember that spring will come again, birds will sing, trees will blossom and days …

Columbia Road Flower Market - The Hall of Einar - photograph 9c) David Bailey (not the)

Eat more British cheese

At the Columbia Road Flower Market I couldn’t resist these two people and the lettering in the shop window. Eat more British …

Columbia Road Flower Market - The Hall of Einar - photograph 9c) David Bailey (not the)

The flower market

A trip to London to stay with my son gave us an opportunity to walk to Columbia Road Flower Market. It’s in …

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

Sea splash

Grobust is one of my favourite beaches on Westray. At one end are rocks which act as a roosting place for gulls …

Stone Balls in Orkney Museum - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Stone balls from the stone age

Orkney Museum has an assortment of stone balls in its cabinets. They’re from the Neolithic and our ancestors kept them and prized …

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 …