Wednesday, 16 October 2019

just in time

16th October 2019, Alnmouth 7:30am

Here in time for a beautiful sky just before sunrise.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

first ice

3rd October 2019, Alnmouth, 7am

A beautiful autumn morning.  The first time the windscreen had to be cleared of ice.

Down on the beach the light was golden over the waves.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

the pub with no beer

29th September 2019, Alnmouth, 6pm

Quite busy on the beach for Saturday night sunset.

And then the pub was so busy we couldn't get served.  Fortunately we had supplies at home...

Tuesday, 24 September 2019


24th September 2019, Embleton Bay, 8am

There is beauty in greyness...

Monday, 23 September 2019


23rd September 2019, Alnmouth, 7am

A pond of water on the beach reflected the light that lingered after the dawn

Soon, Daisy came to join me...

I snapped this one from the back of the car.  I get a better 4G signal here than I do at home so it was quite pleasant sitting writing my blog listening to the sea.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

webs of mist

22nd September 2019, Hauxley, 8am

A very foggy drive over to the coast and drops of mist hung on the cobwebs by the village.

As we walked the mist was burning off and the light changed every minute.  Soon enough Coquet Island appeared from the mist where previously its location was only apparent from the foghorn.

Walking along the misty beach my eye was drawn to the pebbles and cobbles on the shore.

Sometimes a photograph leaps out as the landscape offers both a subject and a composition. This was the case with the half-wet, half-dry pebbles in this photograph.

At other times, I have a clear idea in my head of the photograph that I want to find among the millions of stones. In my head I need to show the colours of the pebbles but in a simple uncluttered way without extraneous patches of grass etc. The pebbles should be uniform in size so that one large stone doesn't dominate and spoil the rhythm of the composition. Another texture for contrast can work as long as the simplicity of the composition is maintained. All these ideas are in my head and I can get quite lost in the process of searching to see if this photograph is to be found.

Today this photograph met my idea of what I was looking for. The 'story' in the photograph is the colours of the different sandstones and limestone while the decaying seaweed contrasts with the seemingly everlasting pebbles. Well, that's how my mind works...

Looking up the vista back up the beach was beautiful.  The mist cleared to reveal bonny morning clouds

tongues out

21st September 2019, Longhorsley, 9am

There is beauty amongst even the most common weeds.  This is rosebay willowherb in fine autumn colours.

20th September 2019, Longhorsley, 3pm

Lots of lolling tongues on a very warm afternoon.  Fortunately there's a convenient stream for calling off...