As the philosopher said, ‘Sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your heart.’ And sometimes the most mundane and unspectacular things turn out to be fascinating and beautiful when you look at them the right way. It helps if you have an expert guide to open your eyes and really see what’s been under your nose for years, hardly noticed. Like grass. A new online exhibition reveals the wonders of this most ubiquitous and overlooked plant. When the Grass Dances is the result of a year-long collaboration between two highly expert guides: Orkney photographer Rebecca Marr and...
After hardly leaving Orkney for the past two years, the thought of going to central London was daunting to say to least. But I shouldn’t have worried. Stepping off the train at Kings Cross, the weather had a reassuringly Orcadian feel to it, with blustery gales and rain showers. I took this as a good omen! I was in London because I’d been invited to the evening preview of The World of Stonehenge exhibition at the British Museum, a showcase of some of the finest prehistoric artefacts from across Europe, including a fantastic number of Neolithic and Bronze Age items...
If Orkney ever needed a new name, Birdland would be very fitting. We have 12 RSPB reserves here, and of course the birds know no boundaries – they don’t stick to reserves but crisscross our skies continually. Orkney really is the land of birds.