Nature

Valentine of the ocean: A sea heart’s astonishing journey from the tropical rain forests of America to the Orkney Islands

Nature's own Valentine: A Molucca Bean, or Sea Heart, is a tropical seed from the Monkey Ladder vine. It has been carried by the ocean currents from central America to the Orkney Islands.

A Molucca Bean, or Sea Heart, is a tropical seed from the Monkey Ladder vine. It has been carried by the ocean currents from central America to the Orkney Islands. Chris finds a Sea Heart, also known as a Molucca Bean, at Marwick Bay, Orkney. Nature's own Valentine Today we were blessed with the most [...]

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A pilgrimage in sleet

St Magnus Way: Across the Orphir hills in sleet and snow, December 2017. The sun glowing golden on the horizon over Scapa Flow between sleety showers.

St Magnus Way: Across the Orphir hills in sleet and snow, December 2017. The sun glowing golden on the horizon over Scapa Flow between sleety showers. The Round Kirk, Orphir. 12th Century. Believed to have been commissioned by Earl Hakon Palsson, killer of St Magnus, after a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Firth and Orphir on a [...]

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Seal safari, South Ronaldsay

Seal Islands Newborn seal pups are a gorgeous sight. Pure white, with huge, dark eyes and heart-shaped puppy noses, suckling their mothers, shuffling about on the sand, scratching themselves or each other with their little flippers. They are born in the late autumn, so November is the best time to see them. The mother seals [...]

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