Today we took the short ferry to Bryher, about 15 mins across the bay from our home island of St Mary’s.
Hiking across Bryher
Bryher faces out in to the Atlantic and feels the full effect of the ocean, yet it still has some unique and exquisite flowers, tiny things that seem to stand defiant against the wind and rain that smashes into them. Looking for these minute darlings means leaving your modesty at the door.
Good thing no one is watching...
But we were rewarded with some close encounters with some of the most perfectly formed little plants I have ever seen. Mark’s enthusiasm for these flowers was infectious and soon we were all face down, searching for more and attracting others who were visiting the island.
... oh, wait, no they are!
In order to give you an idea of the absolute tinyness and fantasticness of these things - we got as close as we could...
Tom and Mark find some small wonders: the dwarf pansy, orange birdfoot and subterranean clover
It’s difficult not to marvel at the things that have made a life for themselves on these islands thrust out in to the Atlantic and I really admire these small, resolute plants. It goes to show how important it is to really explore and examine an environment to take in the full extent of the the things living in it. We didn’t collect any of these plants, but I hope the film and pictures give you an idea of how wonderful they are.
Another tiny beauty
Last night's foraged meal made for a great evening and once we had finished our Wild Watercress Soup and and Sea Shore Pasta, we went up onto the roof of our bunker to take in the sunset ...
It's nice here