Sunday Outing

The Laminaria suffered from a little paddy I had last night and was frogged around about midnight. All the way. I have to begin again.

Let’s not dwell on it.

I woke this morning keen to get out and about after yesterday’s solid knitting and asked Mr L if we might go on a Project Spectrum “North” photo safari. We went here:


We took the bottles to the bottle bank first, very “green” (most of them were green beer bottles, actually) and then took the dogs in a vaguely North-ish direction, so that I could get some rocks, stones, and greenish things photographed.

When we got home, I set the images downloading while we made a breakfast/brunch and after we had eaten, I found that I had taken 145 images. I spent the rest of the day sorting, editing and uploading!

The day’s efforts may be seen at Flickr, but here’s a small selection, and a brief summary of what’s what.

I wore the green boots, of course

I had to put the green boots on and take them for an outing, didn’t I?

Getting them on was a struggle as my toe resolutely resists bending sufficiently -  and I think that they are honestly a little small for me anyway.

They look smart though, don’t they?

I wanted to photograph the cairn (see map.) In days gone by cairns like this one helped fishermen navigate at sea. These days fishermen mostly have satellite equipment but cairns are maintained still, useful to one-handed boats that do not carry electronic gear.

I set the weak sun to my back, and took a photograph that I hoped approximated to a northward view. Of course, I had forgotten to take the compass with me. Silly woman.

Cairn and the Holms of Ire

You can see the holms stretching out into the sea. Today was not the day for crossing – I’ll go out another day before the end of PS4 North, as there are great examples of planticrus out there, plus the ruins of a chapel. I’m happy enough though – this is the one shot that I wanted to get today.

Here’s why we couldn’t cross to the holms…

The tide was up

being restricted spoiled nobody’s fun however. The dogs especially had a great time…

L ti R: Suzie head on, Nell in mid air, Griff presenting his rear
Nell on the run, me trying the fast exposure setting
Nell on the run etc...
More Nell on the run etc...

I took photos of rocks and lichens…

I was really taken with these garlands, ribbons, and rosettes of lichen

…and rocks and sea


and rocks in walls with lichens

I like dry stone walls

and lots and lots and lots of attempts at capturing a Fulmar in flight…

The best yet!

and Fulmars with rocks, of course…

Enforced PS4N content - added rockage

and here’s a bonus shot taken on the way out, at Otterswick Bay.

Hauled Out
You might want to click through to the full size shot for a better view of this little chap


  1. March 15, 2009

    So, so jealous. Mind you I did see a pair of hares this morning, so I suppose I shouldn’t be too jealous.

    • March 16, 2009

      @Katie, I think it is for me to be jealous – no Mad March Hares here. No foxes either. Just two creatures that never made it across the water.

      But I did see the Short-eared Owl in the garden this morning, and the male Hen Harrier yesterday. 🙂

  2. March 15, 2009

    You live in such a beautiful place!

    Lovely photos 🙂

    • March 16, 2009

      @Heather Cawte, it certainly has its moments, though can appear bleak to the uninitiated

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