A week ago this evening, Our Lass and I went along to the first Orkney Field Club talk of the 2018/19 Winter season, that was all about the wildlife which the speaker, Anne, encountered during a trip to the White Sea coast of Russia. As can be seen by the photo below, this was principally for floral interest, with many Arctic or Alpine species not seen in Orkney (or the UK) growing in profusion during the short Summer at 71 degrees North.
During a brief dry (well, dry-ish) spell at the weekend, we managed a walk along some of the Deerness coast, from Dingie's Howe to Newark Bay. Here's a view of a small secluded cove, although not secluded enough to prevent someone from dumping a load of garden waste over the cliff. Mainly New Zealand Flax, by the look of it.
And here's a the view looking back to Dingie's Howe, a thin strip of land which is mainly sand dune, but which is all that prevents Deerness from being an island.
One day in the week, I happened to look out of the window and saw a rare sky phenomenon for Orkney. We don't, thankfully, experience many con trails up here. We prefer our big skies to look untainted by the hand of humanity.
I'm not sure what this weekend will bring, other than plenty of rain and wind, so I might have to work quite hard for any wildlife moments.