image above: Gunnie Moberg. From a print box titled ‘islands’.
image below:Gunnie Moberg 1979 from Stone Built
Andy Alsop, the pilot who flew Gunnie over the islands to make her remarkable aerial photographs, met Amy at one of the Gunnie Moberg Archive open days at Stromness Library. He remembered where it was roughly.
Amy and Andy scoured the west mainland Ordnance Survey Explorer map and there in the parish of Firth at the foot of Keely Lang was a kiss, there on the map, X marking the spot.
Amy found the structure in what she described as a beautiful spot and plans to write up the story. Her venture was rewarded with a rainbow as you can see in Amy’s photographs below.
Four images above: Amy Liptrot
Amy posted what she’d been up to on her facebook, generating a fair amount of comment. In the chain of conversation, Martin Gray gave the location of the circular sheep fold in one of Gunnie’s other aerial images. The structure sits in Sanday, just west of the school. Clearly visible on satellite map. When Gunnie was making these images of Orkney from above we didn’t have the access to satellite images that we do today. She was the satellite, orbiting around Orkney and beaming back images.
image: Gunnie Moberg D135/2/442
Sydney Gauld (who works down the corridor at the Orkney Biodiversity Records Centre) is a friend of the Gunnie Moberg Archive, helping us out with identification of birds and flowers in Gunnie’s images. Sydney saw this aerial image below in the student exhibition ‘Response’ – which, by the way, is having an extended run to April 17 – and fancied having a go at locating it using satellite images. Well he did. It is Waulkmill Bay in Orphir. The white dots are birds.
Zoom in and you will find the location around the area marked ‘skaith’.
Maybe it’s the same bay in this Gunnie Moberg photograph?
For more about Gunnie Moberg’s aerial photography click here.