Sunday, 20 August 2017

up close

20th August 2017, Newton Point, 7:30am

Here are some things close up from this morning's walk through a big landscape.  These lichen patterns reminded me of footprints.

...and another one in what seems to have become a series of beach patterns (Day 3!)

Saturday, 19 August 2017


19th August 2017, Embleton Bay, 8am

Sometimes I like to go up high first to see where the beach is quietest so we can descend for a run about without bothering anyone.  Today there was quite a lot of choice

Down on the beach in among the fresh water that flows endlessly across the sand.

I had lined up a nice photo (similar to one I took recently) until I was photobombed by my hairy companion...

Thursday, 17 August 2017

along and above

17th August 2017, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

A beautiful morning along the beach and above the beach

17th August 2017, Chatton Park, 10am

A walk in good company up to the cup and ring marks of Chatton Park Hill.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Long shadows

16th August 2017, Dunstanburgh, 7:30am

In the middle of summer the sun is already high in the sky by the time of my normal dog-walk.  Soon we'll get to the sunrise dogwalk of autumn and winter. My favourite time of year.  Meanwhile, as the days shorten the shadows lengthen.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


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

Some days I enjoy ignoring the obvious draw of Dunstanburgh Castle and point my camera elsewhere. Today was all about the waves and the sunlight shining through the rollers.

Meanwhile up in the dunes the morning sun caught the harebells bejewelled by the overnight rain.

Not much running around from the hound this morning. She's getting older (aren't we all) and saves her energy for special pals...

15th August 2017, Howick, 11am

I was fortunate to miss this heavy shower on my run.  Only a few cooling raindrops came my way

Sunday, 13 August 2017

very very purple

13th August 2017, Hepburn Moor, 11am

The heather is looking amazing just now.  I suspect this profusion of heather comes in part from the grouse moor management where heather is burnt and regenerates fresh growth for the grouse to feed on.

It was therefore great to wander up Ros Castle (owned by the National Trust) to see more diversity in among the beautiful heather. Ferns, rowans, blaeberries and many different types of bees going crackers for the heather flowers.

very very blue

13th August 2017, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

A beautiful sunny morning with blue sky and blue sea and bright sun.

It'll get busy later but for now it was just a few friendly dog-walkers.  It was disappointing to have to pick up some poo from the middle of the beach.  This is so rare that it is very noticeable when it happens.  I honestly can't remember the last time I found any dog poo on the beach.  We seem to get very responsible dog-owners around here and the cleaner the beach is when they arrive, the more likely they are to pick up after their own dog.  That's why I don't hesitate to pick up after others - after all we can all make mistakes.  I also like to remove any ammunition from the people who would have dogs banned from the beaches.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

no hurry

11th August 2017, Newton Point, 4pm

Friday's are often quieter as it's changeover day so some folk have left and others haven't arrived.

We went down to sit by the sea. We had no hurry to be anywhere else so this will do nicely...

Thursday, 10 August 2017

first of the season

10th August 2017, Embleton Bay, 5am

The sunrise is now around 5:30 am which (in my world) is late enough to get up for.  So I rolled out of bed at 5am, looked out the window and decided to head down to the beach.

There was plenty of colour in the sky already when we got there.

Soon enough the sun appeared still well North of East.

 A local fishing boat was nicely silhouetted against the disc of the sun

Meanwhile up in the dunes the sunlight beautifully illuminated this harebell in its coat of morning dew.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


9th August 2017, Howick, 4pm

A gorgeous afternoon after a dodgy wintery morning.  There was a stiff N wind which had whipped the sea into dramatic surf.

9th August 2017, Beadnell Bay, 6pm

Dinner was delayed as I fancied a run on the beach.  It was beautifully warm without being too hot.  I think 18 degC is my ideal temperature!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


8th August 2017 Embleton Bay 7am

A quiet peaceful stroll on a calm morning. 

Monday, 7 August 2017

angles of sky

7th August 2017, Embleton Bay, 6:30am

Over the castle was blue sky but just a bit north it was early enough that there was still golden light in the clouds

Sunday, 6 August 2017

terns return

6th August 2017, Beadnell Bay, 7am

The tern site is gone for the season.  These beautiful birds have headed back out to sea to begin their extraordinary journey all the way to S Africa or even the antarctic before returning here next spring.

For us who remain, it means the beach is open for a long walk up and down the sand...