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A Walk in the Wind and Rain, Orkney Scotland

May 19, 2018  •  3 Comments

It was a wet and windy day when I decided to walk down to the shore from our B&B in the district of Gorseness on Orkney's Mainland. It seemed a good idea to test my rain gear, which had not yet seen use in three weeks of our visit to Scotland.

A straight narrow road led down to the shore. Looking southeast, the day appeared much more inviting than it felt.

Gorseness Orkney 2Gorseness Orkney 2 After a while I remembered that it is wise to turn around and then I discovered both the imminent arrival of more rain and the prospects of a break. Orkney's weather is highly changeable.

Gorseness Orkney 3Gorseness Orkney 3 A glance to the right showed more evidence of the rain but also sunshine on distant Kirkwall.

Gorseness OrkneyGorseness OrkneyIt was a windy wet day when I decided to walk down to the shore from our B&B on Orkney's Mainland. Looking down is also a good idea - I saw this bank of wild primroses among the grass.

Gorseness Orkney 4Gorseness Orkney 4

It is common to find daffodils planted along the edge of fields.

Gorseness Orkney 5Gorseness Orkney 5 Now there was serious rain.

Gorseness Orkney 9Gorseness Orkney 9 Down by the shore, the road ends with a farm house to the right.

Gorseness Orkney 12Gorseness Orkney 12 To the left a much older farmhouse with stone outbuildings. By the shore is a simple stone building that was probably a fishing shed and a little further an ancient cemetery (see slideshow at end).

Gorseness Orkney 14Gorseness Orkney 14

As I turned to walk back, I noticed a simple landscape that captured at least part of what appeared important about Orkney to me - the use of stone, the centrality of the land, and a sky filled with rain.

Gorseness Orkney 16Gorseness Orkney 16 A final view as I climbed the hill.

Gorseness Orkney 19Gorseness Orkney 19

To see the full set of photos from this walk, please check the slideshow:

Technical Note: All photographs with Nikon D850 and Tamron 45mm, edited in Capture One Pro 11


Comments

Brian Lynch(non-registered)
Wonderful photos and glad you enjoyed your visit, Peter and say a BIG hello to Gladys and wishing her a speedy recovery!
Elizabeth Jensen(non-registered)
Beautiful pictures! Weather report sounds like home!
Don Tait(non-registered)
Peter,
First, a get well to Gladys. I look forward to seeing the rest of your pictures.

Don
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