Today's post is more of a scenery one and all the photos will probably benefit if you click to enlarge them. I've marked on the map below with a red blob where our house was approximately on the island of St Mary's. We were just 2 minutes walk away from the footpath to Peninnis Head. The start of the footpath looks quite unpromising, but it soon opens out onto wonderful scenery.After a 10 minute walk you end up at the tip of Peninnis Head. The granite rocks here are both imposing and comforting. That may sound strange, but they're imposing in that as you walk amongst them, they tend to loom over you, but also, in less clement weather they can protect you from the worst of the weather coming in off the Atlantic ocean! This is a great place for a spot of sea-watching. I didn't get to do as much of that as I would have liked on this trip, but managed to get in an hour or so one morning (there's just so much else to do in a week!).The early morning light on these magnificent rocks was just stunning. In this photo below you can see the island of St Agnes basking in the morning sunshine.
I'm not sure how many lighthouses there are on the Isles of Scilly, I'm sure Steve from Shooting My Universe would have made it his business to find out! (-: This is the one at the end of Peninnis Head.It looked to be well maintained and was getting a repaint job done on it while I was there.I did manage to take a couple of shots of birds while walking on Peninnis. Not anything wildly rare, but they were posing nicely so I couldn't pass up the chance for some shots. This is a Rock Pipit unsurprising on a rock covered in beautifully coloured lichen.Here is a madly staring Dunnock (Hedge Sparrow) again on some lovely lichen covered rock.The east side of Peninnis has a gentler feel to it and I found these Agapanthus growing in an old bulb field. This is looking over Old Town Bay towards Porth Hellick and the airport.
There are some fantastic rock formations dusted over with that amazingly creamy green lichenHere the green lichen is joined by a vibrant saffron coloured variety. I find these coloured particularly attractive.The west side of Peninnis Head is much more rugged. The Granite outcrops really are stunning.