Westray bound

I’m off to Westray to give the talk I was due to give last year before the storms decided otherwise. The header image of seal prints in the sand was photographed at Grobust, Westray earlier this year. It’s not my work I’ll be discussing at the talk but the rich congregation of photographers who have lived in Orkney and those who have come here to make photographs, including Magnum photographers. I am indebted to Orkney Library & Archive for access to their marvellous collections.

Thank you to Westray for the invite back.

Orkney Photographica talk WESTRAY

The image above of a goose barnacle bejewelled bottle found in Stronsay is by Tom Kent one of the Orkney photographers I’ll be looking at in the talk.

Have you ever wondered where Goose barnacles and Barnacle geese got their name?

13th Century beliefs held that the barnacles were the young of the geese and logs with the barnacles attached were Goose trees. The belief allowed meat abstaining monks to eat goose as it was not flesh but born of the sea.

Wildlife blogger David Craven reveals the story – https://wildnatureblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/barnacle-geese-and-goose-barnacles/


“The goose-tree” from Gerard’s Herbal (1597), displaying the belief that goose barnacles produced barnacle geese.  Image above from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom. https://wellcomecollection.org. Image below Wikimedia Commons.


This Australian goose barnacle below is showing its ‘feathers’. Image shared on Wikimedia Commons  by John Turnbull more here.



text from the Hoy Heritage post