It’s Wednesday May 26th and it’s raining again but that doesn’t stop us since the rain has so far been a temporary thing. This morning our 1st stop is to a small church nearby called The Italian Refugee Church. It really is a bunker and it’s simply decorated inside with some beautiful ceiling art. What so apparent about this locale in general is that their local history seems centered around Orkney’s role in World War 2. There’s evidence in the form of ship wrecks and old bunkers which tell the story of the Scottish and in particular Orkney’s roll in keeping the German war machine from reaching The U.K. This tiny church is a tribute to the role both the Italians and the locals played during that time.
Next would be lunch at Jim Fred’s Cafe nearby for a bowl of their Clam Chowder. After lunch we spend a little time in the local town exploring and visiting the tiny harbor of Margret Hope. The washed up old lobster traps are covered with stings of mussels and barnacles, some of the hand made traps are quite beautiful in their construction.
Next and last stop of the day is Hoxa Head for a visit to a beautiful coast and some old WWII bunkers. On the way is an abandoned stone farmhouse that begged for some direct sunshine to make it pop. We never got that but I did make several exposures and enjoyed visualizing how I can “improve” this image in photoshop.
Finally, back for another wonderful dinner of Plaice (fish) and mushrooms, fresh baby carrots and string beans.
After dinner, we decided to venture out to Stromness to do some night photography. It was pouring rain the whole time, I didn’t do nearly as much as I hoped, fighting the rain and exhaustion was too much for me and it was already midnight so I packed it in and sat in the van.
The one take-away was that night photography was going to be something I would continue to do from now on.