A solstice walk...



The day of the winter solstice was actually quite grey and damp, unlike the previous day.  But Button and I still went for a walk.  And keeping it real here are some greyish photos of that day!

A silhouette of a seal on a rock....


Button wondering why we are out in the rain....


Because we are looking for groatie buckies!  The tiny pink shell between the black stones in the picture.


And they are not always easy to find among all the shells on the coral beach! The white stuff is maerl - it's a type of algae growing on the sea bed just offshore Graemsay.  It's pink underwater (that helps the photosynthesis like the green in leaves helps - er - leaves.  When it dies it calcifies into the beautiful white pieces all over the shoreline at Sandside.


Old machinery among the buildings at Sandside.



A rain shower over Hoy


Button watching a neighbour walking on the sandy beach across the pier.....


The old buildings at Sandside.....



A panorama......


And then home, and in the evening the Solstice candles are lit


And the circle of friends guard the light until the sun returns..... (fortunately it was back in the morning!)




Source: sianthom

A solstice walk...