The Birsay Monochromes

The Brough of Birsay is an island just off the north-western tip of the Orkney mainland, it is connected to the mainland by a tidal causeway and it was just our luck that the tide has just gone out… and even better that the Historic Scotland custodian wasn’t on the island either, so we got a freebie visit.

This is a series of near infra red photos, which I converted to a more conventional monochrome and all, except for the first one was shot in the same manner.

A viking house


Looking to the mainland from the settlement. It is a pity that the detail that this small wall was running parallel to the rock formations on the shore.




I fell in love with the texture on the stonework.


Marwick Head

Looking over a viking house to Marwick Head. It was off this head that Lord Kitchiner’s ship,  HMS Hampshire struck a German mine and sunk on the 5th June 1916



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