Where did that fortnight go?! Half a month has slipped by without so much as a hastily-scribbled Post-It saying 'Busy... back soon', never mind a full-blown post. This post, however, is full-blown. There's a westerly gale raging outside, so it seems prudent to spend a bit of quality time with the blog, rather than risk trying to fit a roof rack to my van.
A fortnight ago, I was on day trip to Shetland for work. It's fair to say that my 'office' is wherever I happen to be at the time, such is the galloping ubiquity of modern communications. As the ferry sailed into Lerwick at 7am, I was on the correct side of the boat to snaffle some 4G signal.
Between two appointments, I had a little free time and was led into temptation by the thought of a British rarity. Within 10 minutes of my planned route, was a small wooded community garden which had, earlier in the week, been the site of a sighting of a Tengmalm's Owl. Where's the harm, I thought, somewhat sheepishly.
And indeed, there wasn't any harm, or any owls for that matter, but I did find a potential spot to look for dragonflies later in the year, as well as a few flowering trees and shrubs.
Later, with the day's tasks completed, I returned to Lerwick to catch up on some more office work...
and noticed an advertisement for an exhibition which looked rather interesting. With half an hour to fritter away before check-in opened for the return journey to Orkney, I nipped across town to visit 'Natural Selection' by father and son team, Peter and Andy Holden.
There were eggs, nests, bird-related artworks and a representation of a bird-made artwork. Yes, really!
a bit larger than life, but an impressive construction, nevertheless. Male Bower birds construct bowers to woo females, decorating the structure with coloured objects, in very specific and individual ways. The nest is elsewhere, this is pure bird-art.