Thursday, 23 November 2017


23rd November 2017, Embelton Bay, 8am

A return to a bright sunrise flooding my eyes with colour after the dull grey of the last few days.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

mad dogs and dogwalkers

22nd November 2017, Embleton Bay, 10am

A PhotoWalk on a dark morning in the rain in the always pleasant company of Phil.

I'm a fan of LS cowrie and he painted two very different kinds of pictures.  Busy town scenes and bleak empty seascapes.

I like how the wet dog walkers in this photo are reminiscent of Lowrie's figures but set in a bleak seascape.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

eyes open

21st November 2017, Embleton Bay, 8am

A very calm drizzly morning on the beach meant few people around and a chance to relax, shut my eyes and listen to the sea and the birds. When I opened my eyes the first thing I saw was these rocks shining wet and cold as they have done for countless mornings.

In my childhood I remember my Mum collecting shiny coloured stones.

She collected bonny stones, glistening and bright, from various rain soaked west coast of Scotland locations. I also remember the disappointment when we got home and the stones had dried out and lost their bright colours.

Today as the rain pattered down I noticed again the colours in the pebbles on the beach. Sandstones, limestone and whinstone lying side by side - a mosaic of colour under the slate grey sky.

A black and white portrait of a damp dog on a grey day.

21st November 2017, Football Hole, 4pm

Watching the waves

Monday, 20 November 2017


20th November 2017, Embleton Bay, 8am

It was such a dark, grey and rainy autumn day that the temptation was to keep the camera packed away.

Photography comes from motivation so I decided to challenge myself to try and find some photographs that included the weather and the season.

Here's what I came up with...


17th November 2017, Embleton Bay, 7am

The sea was waiting for the sunrise

17th November 2017, Newton Point, 3pm

Daisy's sister Bess has come to stay for the night

18th November 2017, Beadnell Bay, 10am

A beautiful low tide expanse of reflective sand, bright sun, good friends and these two beautiful dogs who get on with each other so well.

19th November 2017, Embelton Bay, 7:30am

Friends and dogs all gone home.  Back to normal with just daisy and her long shadow.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

looking around

16th November 2017, Dunstanburgh, 4pm

Daisy sat herself down and watched the world go by so I stood in the wind and did the same.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


15th November 2017, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

Laden down with more gear than normal for a Special Project (see below) but still travelling light compared to most photographers.

Here's a few minutes of peace courtesy of a Northumberland Soundscape from this morning.  Notice the sundog in the clouds above the castle.  Not many birds here so this Soundscape is all waves.

...And here's a Soundscape at Newton Pool. I love the gentle sounds of the Teal which have just arrived for the winter. Also Mallard, Greylag Geese and a single silent Shelduck. Daisy was very good but she did pad around the hide a couple of times (as you'll hear)!