A recent trip to North Devon, tempted us to a nautical experience and visiting Lundy island. For me at the moment, the practicalities of travelling to such a rugged place had its own set of challenges. Getting down the steep, wet steps of the harbour wall, literally walking an aluminium gangplank to board the supply ship, MS Oldenburg, and getting around itself on what is essentially a rock in the sea.
Fortunately, the weather was fantastic, and getting on board was fine, if a little slower for me than the masses behind probably appreciated. The hour and a half journey to Lundy island was smooth sailing, with glorious blue skies above. Arriving at Lundy I spied the slope to the top plateau of the island and the mild expletive, “bugger” came into mind. The very steep, rocky, cobbled road would have been very difficult to negotiate. Fortunately, a Landrover service was on hand for the infirm, so I and a few seventy-plus year olds, who initially looked on suspiciously, until clocking the NHS issue cane and seeing me struggle into the back of the Defender more than they did, forgive the laziness of moderate youth. The drive up was an experience in itself…bone crunching, bouncing and banging on the edge of cliff, looking out of the open back and hoping the small aluminium clasp on the tailgate wouldn’t dislodge and send me tumbling down the side of the island and into a watery Lundy sailor’s grave. Fun though…
Atop Lundy, we had lunch, and then walked around as much as I could manage, muttering annoyances at my difficulty as I went. It was like being on a Mediterranean island, with sun-saturated colours and wide blue skies, seals basking in the water around us, and sea birds soaring above.
Here are a few images I’ve taken from the island trip, using only the Ricoh GXR compact camera and 28-300mm unit.