Wednesday, 23 January 2019

afternoon to sunset

23rd Jan 2019, Newton by the Sea, 2pm

A nice long walk from afternoon to sunset on a bright, calm, frosty, winter day

Medieval rigg and furrow fieldworks looking very clear in the low sun

Tuesday, 22 January 2019


22nd Jan 2019, Embleton Bay, 8am

Before dawn it was all about the light...

Daisy conveniently posed with a crow.

after sunrise the warm colours faded but the bright, low sun lit the waves beautifully.

Back home we were greeted by a pair of bullfinches who often hang out in the front garden.

Monday, 21 January 2019

bored? not likely

21st Jan 2019, Embleton Bay, 8am

A few more from yet another winter sunrise.

Apologies if my posts are repetitive.

To me, every sunrise is unique and every day we get to be alive on this planet is worth celebrating.

I never get bored of this...

It's a new day.

Which way will you go?

Same view different composition...

It looks like the sea is still very rough out at the horizon.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

meditating with a camera

20th Jan 2019, Howick, 8am

We headed inland first through Howick Hall Gardens under grey, calm skies. I was dragging Daisy all the way (it's not her favourite walk) but I didn't let he antics put me in a bad mood and I managed to find a few photos as we walked.

Down at the shore she was more relaxed and so was I.

Only when I'm properly 'in the moment' do the photographs start to present themselves to me. This is what I mean by "mindful photography' when other thoughts and worries fade and become unimportant and photography occupies my mind for a while. It's a form of meditation being in a beautiful, peaceful natural environment like this.

We were out for a good couple of hours and in that time the sun appeared and the clouds broke up. It was a day for lots of small wintery photographs...

Saturday, 19 January 2019

peaceful quiet

19th Jan 2019, Long Nanny, 8am

Not a lot of colour around this morning as a misty greyness hung over the beach. Everything was very calm and quiet with the recently roaring sea having settled down a bit.

At the Long Nanny the curlews and wigeon were quietly calling their morning messages to each other and one of the loudest sounds was the gulls splashing fresh water onto their feathers.

We moved quietly through the landscape and turned back for home so as not to disturb the peaceful scene but even as we headed off in the opposite direction the wigeons, uneasy on their patch of salt marsh, took flight with an explosion of wingbeats. No sooner were they aloft that they glided back down and found themselves a spot further up the river safely on the water where they continued their whistling conversations undisturbed.

It was a morning to look for shapes rather than colours and a bit of monochrome seemed to fit the mood.

Friday, 18 January 2019

clearly cold

18th Jan 19, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

An early walk well before dawn but still light in the sky

Cold in the dawn light
Curlews’ piping calls ring clear
Above morning waves.

18th Jan 2019, Embleton Bay, 10am

Back for an HPB walk and the light was beautiful although the day was freezing cold.  A bowl of soup at the Ship Inn went down very well...

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

a new angle

16th Jan 2019, Bamburgh, 11am

A wander around Bamburgh Castle on a PhotoWalk today.

With such a distinctive landmark it's a challenge to find a new angle.

The old familiar angle from the car park isn't bad though...