The Isles of Scilly, 2018

The 'mix and match' shorelines, stirred up waters and sea textures have a version for mouse use (where you can drag and drop images), and one for touchscreen computers, where, ironically, you have to tap rather than drag images.
It seemed to work on an ipad. For an iphone you'd need pretty small fingertips. The touchscreen version is only currently designed for up to 20 images.



Seascapes


Shorelines
for mouse computers


Stirred up waters
(mouse computers)


Sea textures
(mouse computers)


Scilly 2012


Shorelines
for touchscreens


Stirred up waters
(touchscreens)


Sea textures
(touchscreens)
20 of 27 images only


Flora and rocks



I've loved the Isles of Scilly since I first went there in the 1980s, especially the smaller islands. But like the Outer Hebrides I'm not sure I'd be so enthusiastic if I had to spend too many winters there, when you can be cut off even from the other islands. I have great admiration for the people who have made a living there over the centuries.

In fine weather they are incredibly photogenic - as also in other weathers. But as Richard Pearce, an artist who lives and works on Bryher wrote: "We are surrounded by vast reaches of indigo, cobalt, cerulean, turquoise, deepest marine ... endless blue. I do paint the grey days. People don't like them so much." I certainly took more photos on this visit than on previous trips with more mixed weather.

We stayed on Bryher this time, largely down to an act of great generosity, and never really felt the need to travel even to the other nearby islands. As Gracie Jenkins, the narrator in Michael Morpurgo's "Why the whales came" said of Bryher "... After all, the island was over a mile long and half a mile across at its widest. We could roam free over more than half of it and that had always been enough." That may sound odd (or even wrongly written) to many people. Admittedly Gracie was ten years old at the time, but there is a lot packed into a very small area.

We did go to some of the other islands while we were there - St Martin's, Tresco, and Samson, so these photos are of a variety of places. They concentrate on the water and the sky, but they wouldn't be the same without the soft grassy, and rugged saw tooth islands and rocks.