While I’ve visited the island in May before, it’s typically been only for a few days until my weeks-long return in the middle of summer, and so in the past, I’ve played more the tourist than an islander, with the opportunity of more leisurely watching the season unfold.
This year, however, that was different, and I got to witness the slow, steady evolution of cold, grey skies and red, freshly ploughed fields to blue, sunny (mostly) days and lush green potato (or wheat, or other crops) fields. I got to see hues of purple and shades of green I’d not seen before, as the lupin and other early summer flora slowly blossomed, reigned for a few weeks, and then began to fade and make space for other island wildflowers.
The colour transformation has been magical. A few photos follow, in no particular order.