The recent rain has brought on a growth spurt in the woods. Wild flowers are appearing but the nettles are growing too. Every year I forget how nice it is to walk along byways unmolested by the stingers until they're back and I'm reaching for the dock leaves...
30th April, around CB, 9am
Common stinging nettle
It took me a while to work this one out as it's not any of my books but this appears to be a white forget-me-not.
I hit a sort of doggy rush hour this morning which was a bit too much for Trooper. I ended up trudging leaden footed through the dry sand right up at the dunes while all the folk with friendly dogs skipped along the flat, wet sand. Then they all left at the same time and we had Embleton bay to ourselves again.
One shot from yesterday. It was high tide and raining but then the contrast between the grass and sand ripples caught my eye.
27th April09, High Newton, 4pm
28th April09, Alnmouth, 8am
This mound has had a church on top for centuries (some say 7th century) and was then part of the village. After a storm, the river changed course and cut it off from the village and the church fell out of use.
As soon as the sun's out this poppy's ready to go...
The beach was suddenly inundated with photographers discussing lenses and tripods. The sun came out for them and I'm sure they got some beautiful shots. My photojournalist instincts meant I had to turn the tables a bit. Then we went to the next beach...
26th April09, Howick Coast, 6pm
Trooper was on top photogenic form in the evening sun
"The bathing house" is a self-catering cottage in a stunning location right on the rocks. The current occupants were in the sun and out the wind and were enjoying a glass of wine - That's the way to holiday!
I found a thing on the beach today. I have no idea what it is, so I left it at the Warden's hut for the National Trust wardensto find.
23rd April09, Beadnell Bay, 15:00
The NT Warden's hut
The Thing. It's around 2 feet long, it's soft and leathery and weighs 25 kg or so. Underneath is lighter in colour and hard to the touch. It must have been alive at one time but is it animal or vegetable?
At last a beautiful day for the weekend visitors. Shame the wind was like ice.
19th April09, Embleton Bay, 3pm
Back to the peace and quiet after the school holidays. Photographically I love all weather - there's always someting to photograph. However a fantastic morning like this lifts the spirits even if the photos are a bit postcardy.
I do like an old railway. They make great, level walking and are always good to explore. This stretch ran from Alnwick North West to Coldstream in the Scottish borders. Watch this space, there's more to explore...
17th April09, nr Alnwick, 2pm
Another new path today across the fields near the village. I liked this new shoot from the old stump.
Still cold and misty down on the beach, but the sun's up there shining away on the wrong side of the cloud.
16th April09. High Newton, 8am
A NE wind has stirred the sea up. There was a wonderfully invigorating seaside smell wafting in from the waves. Today's podcast was "excess baggage" from BBC radio4 and 2 very enthusiastic chaps were expounding on the joys of cemeteries and of walking. Trooper was keen to go on too but despite all this cajoling, the cold wind meant I remained sluggish like a lizard out of the sun.
17th April09, High Newton, 8am
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