|Small furry lunatic...|
|MV Hamnnavoe at Stromness - seen from Graemsay|
|Relief Graemsay ferry Golden Marianna|
...now admit it, you'd not expect to find a fireplace in the middle of a field, would you? The lighthouse itself is attractive as well - the attached building are now privately owned and apparently came up for sale recently - can you imagine living in such a fantastic building?
(Apparently the views from the house itself are nothing like as good as you'd expect though thanks to the high wall surrounding it).
On the way back the ferry went via Hoy - calling at the pier at Moaness, situated directly in between the two highest points on the island - it wakes for quite an impressive arrival! The wind had got up a bit again by this time too - and the second stretch of the trip back to Stromnness was.....let's say I'd call it fun, Fay & MrEH most definitely wouldn't! They were both rather pleased when we got through the rough patch and back to calmer waters!
The following day we headed off to Kirkwall - a nice little town with plenty to see. We started off spotting these rather cute Long Tailed ducks...
Funny looking things, aren't they! After a bit of wandering we decided to take a proper look at St Magnus Cathedral - we walked right around the outside of the building last year but weren't able to go in. TYhe cathedral was founded in the 12th Century, and is the property of the People of Orkney. As well as religious events it also plays host to community events, including classical concerts.
The cathedral also houses the memorial to those lost in the sinking of HMS Royal Oak in October 1939. The wreck still lies on the seabed in Scapa Flow, and is now a designated war grave. Each year a boat takes survivors out over the wreck so wreaths can be laid on the water in remembrance of the 834 men lost.
The 7D was proving its worth in the dimly lit interior of the building. I'd always prefer not to use flash where at all possible as it tends to suck the life out of these sorts of scenes, rendering stonework flat and washing out colours. I'd set the ISO to Auto before going in, and mostly left it to do its thing, with me just setting the aperture I wanted. the shots above and below were at ISO 1000 - a level where you'd have seen significant noise from the 40D.
Lots more photos to come - I've barely scratched the surface of them yet, so expect to see another post on the trip probably in the course of next week sometime. There may even be more pictures of the two furry fiends - who knows?!