Allan Goddard, one of our house mates ran a moth trap last night – here are 3 of the rarer immigrant moths.
This is a female Gem – often recorded on Scilly – much scarcer elsewhere.
This is a Dark Sword Grass
This is a Scarce Bordered Straw
Many of the gardens on the Islands currently have this rather splendid flower – the Red Angel’s Trumpet – a highly poisonous / haluncenogenic plant related to the Daturas or Thorn Apples
In the afternoon we went over to Gugh – here is remains of the old now dis-used quay
This is an old kelp pit (where the seaweed was burnt to produce potash and soda used in the glass and soap industries) north west of Kittern Hill on the coastal path
In the last couple of years the Wildlife Trust have created a path to and cleared and area around this old Bronze Age burial chamber known as Carn Valla – I’ve not seen this before – good to see it revealed
At high tide Gugh is separated from St Agnes so you have to time your crossings – today we didn’t ….
A section of photos from our meanderings around St Agnes and Gugh today.
A nice Ring Ouzel from Gugh
Another fabulous Black Redstart
A calling Starling
An interesting hare weather vane
The Nag’s Head on St Agnes
‘Queen Victoria’ at the entrance to St Agnes Quay
An interesting rock on Gugh!
Dartmoor comes to Gugh
We found this short – beaked common dolphin spine of Gugh – Steve gives a sense of scale
Another cracking sunset – this time from Gugh showing the Hermitage and the Bishop Rock Lighthouse
The same but this time including the St Agnes Lighthouse as well
We moved from St Mary’s over to St Agnes today – we now have a week based here. No internet connection in the house so can only post my blog from the Turk’s Head pub …….
Once over on Agnes we went for a walk over to Gugh which is connected to St Agnes by a sand bar / tombolo
The tombolo at low tide
A view looking south over the Gugh Standing Stone
Same Stone looking north
And the amazing Gugh cist
A smart black redstart on the beach at Periglis
And finally an amazing sunset looking west out to the Bishop Rock Lighthouse
The bigger picture
Scilly has been beautiful in the sunshine over the last few days – it’s amazing to think that Devon and Cornwall have had rain, sleet and snow.
This is the view from Shipman Head Down on Bryher
This is Popplestone Neck at low tide on Bryher
On Wingletang on St Agnes looking up to the sand bar and over to Gugh
Looking up to the Nag’s Head on St Agnes
Granite outcrops on Wingletang on St Agnes
Porth Killier on St Agnes
Over to the Bishop Lighthouse
Santa Warna on St Agnes
Queen Victoria Rock off Gugh
Man a vaur in the Northern Isles
The view of St Mary’s harbour from the golf course
I have been playing with some of my photographs in Photoshop – I have for a while wanted to produce some old vintage poster effects. Thanks to some technical support from Simon Lloyd of Visit Dartmoor I now know how do it – thanks Simon. They won’t be to everyone’s liking but I am quite pleased with my initial results.
The National Trust’s property in the Plym Valley – looking down from Hen Tor
The Upper Plym near Calverslake Tor
Inside the Devil’s Cauldron at Lydford Gorge
The River Teign near Fingle Bridge
The sand bar between St Agnes and Gugh on the Isles of Scilly
Waves crashing over the breakwater on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly
Thrift on St Mary’s – Isles of Scilly
Great Blue Heron – St Marys – Isles of Scilly – second British record
Black redstart on Porthcressa beach – Isles of Scilly
(All the images are my copyright)