I took photographs of some of the trees growing on Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands, for two reasons: To show that trees do grow in Orkney and to show how they cope with the strong winds and shorter growing season (sunlight).
I have taken the opportunity of snow to contrast against the limbs, thus showing up the tree shape better – and making some cool patterns in the bargain. All pictures were taken on the 10th Feb 2009, with cold hands. I hope you enjoy!
Sycamores and St Magnus Cathedral
Windswept Sycamore near Maeshowe Chambered Cairn / Tomb
Sycamore sheltered in Finstown
Track through Binscarth – Orkney’s largest wood
Not only Willows and Sycamore
A bonus of exploring Orkney woodland
The sun came out at Redland
Five minutes later, brrr
Trees leaning towards the light in Binscarth
The sky above and branches outlined
There you go. I’ll be out more, but the snow is melting, and in summer it will look quite different when all the leaves are out and the many willows are all bushy too.
So, don’t let anyone say again that trees do not grown in Orkney – here is the proof!
For pictures of the Standing Stones in snow, click here