Sunday 23rd February 2020,
Frontiers Magazine

Browsing the "Stories from the Islands" Category

Aurora Borealis in Orkney photograph taken by John Vetterlein

Merry dancers in the North Ronaldsay sky

The merry dancers were swaying across the sky last night, to their own esoteric music, pale diffuse streamers shot with shimmering shafts of brilliant green. Sometimes in frosty weather it is easy to imagine that we can hear their thin high crackle in the silence, as we stand shivering, looking up at the vast moving [...]

March 7, 2013 Christine Muir Stories from the Islands 1
Aurora Borealis in Orkney photograph taken by Andrew Hollinrake

Sleepwalk among the planets

In late November on Papa Westray, I set my alarm for before dawn – 6.30am – on a morning when I read it could be possible to see four planets in the sky at once. I get out of bed, don’t turn any lights on, trying to keep my eyes dark adjusted, and go outside [...]

March 4, 2013 Amy Liptrot Stories from the Islands 0

North Ron Walrus

I didn’t expect to see a Walrus this Sunday morning (!) but nonetheless, this Walrus was found to be having a snooze at Bridesness, North Ronaldsay! It’s thought to likely be a male due to the pinkish nodules on the neck and shoulders. The animal does not appear to have sustained any injury and could [...]

March 3, 2013 Gavin Woodbridge Stories from the Islands 0