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.
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.
A glance to the right showed more evidence of the rain but also sunshine on distant Kirkwall.
Looking down is also a good idea - I saw this bank of wild primroses among the grass.
It is common to find daffodils planted along the edge of fields.
Now there was serious rain.
Down by the shore, the road ends with a farm house to the right.
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).
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.
A final view as I climbed the hill.
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