1. The weather was rubbish for spotting dragonflies;
2. I hadn't even seen a dragonfly in Orkney during 2019.
Undaunted, I postponed the walk until the following Thursday, to allow the weather to improve and perhaps a few extra days would see a few more adult insects emerging. Meantime, Our Lass and I found ourselves with a free Saturday, so went to Hoy anyway, but more in hope than expectation.
Indeed, here's the view from the ferry as we sailed by Hoy Sound Low Light on Graemsay.
What's that phrase I bandy about like confetti... oh yeah... 'sub-optimal conditions'.
How and ever, the day was not a complete washout, as we were really pleased to find all manner of wild flowers, some of which I didn't recognise and had to spend a goodly while trying to ID.
|Follow the Yellow Sprig Road (Bog Asphodel)|
|C'mon, Tense, admit it, the weather's just pants|
|A rather orange and conical fungus|
|Grass of Parnassus and a Red Ant|
|Eggar Moth caterpillar munching on a trefoil|
|Rackwick beach in all its dull-skied, midge-laden, Hamnavoe-spotting beauty and majesty|
|Well, it was turning into something of a botanical day. Juniper berries|
|A white Selfheal (which I spent ages staring at, before the penny dropped)|
|A male Stonechat|
|A female Stonechat|
To sum up, total odonatological interest for the day was one brief sighting of a Large Red Damselfly, but we felt more than compensated by all the floral encounters.