We left home at 5.30 this morning and caught the train to London City Airport for our trip to Orkney. The reason for our stupidly early start was a 9.30am flight, but someone had other ideas and we soon learnt that a technical issue with the plane meant it had been cancelled. After much queueing and waiting for confirmation of bookings we were finally booked onto a flight at 4pm. If only we’d known sooner, we could have got up at a much more sensible hour!
We still had lots of time to kill before our flight so I went exploring with my camera but came back with nothing useable in the way of photos. Inspiration eventually struck once we were in the air and I had a never-ending supply of beautiful scenes to photograph above and through the clouds.
When we finally arrived in Edinburgh we had a madcap dash through the airport to collect our luggage, check it in again, get through security (for the third time today) and run to the farthest gate to catch our connecting flight to Kirkwall. Thanks to a tail wind on the first flight we reached Edinburgh earlier than expected and, against all the odds, we made it to the plane just a couple of minutes before they closed the gate. On this second flight I was seated just behind the exhaust. This meant that every photo I took had a big band of hot, wobbly air running through it – an unusual but not especially beautiful effect. I did catch one shot as we left Edinburgh airport though, after which I had a moment to catch my breath from the day we’d had!
29 March 2018