You can see why Christian monks got here to the Skellig Islands 1,500 years in the past. Jagged pyramids of rock pierce the floor of the Atlantic the place they believed the very ends of the Earth had been. It should have been the proper place to ponder life and God. It nonetheless is, I think about, although the monks are lengthy gone.
Now it’s simply gannets, gulls and shearwaters. And nature cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson setting off in his conventional banana-shaped rowing boat known as a currach up the Atlantic coast of the Emerald Isle, in search of out its secret locations and creatures. That is Wild Eire: Fringe of the World (BBC2), and it’s magic.
A puffin on Skellig Michael, Co Kerry. : Crossing the Line
Puffins! It’s unattainable to not love a puffin. And now, studying that adolescent puffins have what’s referred to as a “loafing rock”, the place they simply loaf, I like them much more. Nevertheless it’s not all about loafing and tapping payments, as a result of hungry gulls are lurking, hoping to grab their infants (known as pufflings – I like that, too). “The gulls are answerable for the puffins being just about on tenterhooks all day lengthy, although a puffin by no means actually seems to be prefer it’s on tenterhooks,” says Colin.
He has a poetic manner with phrases, and strikes at a tempo that’s in tune along with his environment. He appears as at house right here because the lots of of seals mendacity on the sands within the Blasket Islands, the stags rutting underneath the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains and the sexy natterjack toads of Castlegregory, singing for mates. It’s no shock to be taught that Colin is definitely at house right here – he lives on the west coast of Eire. Just like the playful, lonely dolphins and humpback whales that come to leap and loll round his currach.
Most of all, he’s a cameraman, and he’s set on capturing the fantastic thing about this place by means of his lens. Not simply zoomed in and shut up, a plunging gannet or a hovering kestrel. But additionally far and extensive, in search of a much bigger image: huge skies and seas, mountains and sunsets. God, it’s beautiful. Why would you reside anyplace else?
Gray seals off Blasket Island, Co Kerry. : George Karbus/Crossing the Line