Friday, 23 March 2018

exit stage left

23rd March 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

Last night's rain passed over and headed off to the NE leaving a partition of blue meeting grey across the sky.

Thursday, 22 March 2018


22nd March 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

"This world abounds in beauty and light and Nature yields an 
everlasting inspiration which is gained only 
by true admiration of herself in all her moods."       
Joseph Forsyth Johnson

I had a chat with a publisher of photography books the other day. He explained that my photography is of no interest to him as it's all taken in the same part of Northumberland. For me the sea is endlessly fascinating and by photographing in pretty much the same place every day the changes in the many moods of nature are all the more apparent. Here are some portraits of this morning's calm sea (which you'll never see in print)!

looks like summer, feels like winter

21st March 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

We walked right up past the castle and then back down to the beach and got there as the sun came out.  The sun made the beach look very warm although i was still wrapped up in all my winter layers.

These 180deg panorama use the incredible technology of the phone.  They do diminish the scale of the view though.  The sea looks like a tiny puddle in the middle of the view.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

sunny at last

20th March 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

A quick walk around the beach before today's guided walk.

These cement sandbags were part of a pillbox at one time.  They've been uncovered by the recent high tides and high seas.  Standing this way up they look like a contemporary sculpture.  swords into ploughshares...

20th March 2018, Chatton, 10am

Up at the prehistoric carvings with two lovely HPB guests for a guided walk today.  The sun was low and revealed the carvings beautifully.

Even "TV rock" was quite visible under its cover of lichen.  Normally I have to persuade people that there's something here.

20th March 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

At last a day warm enough to sit outside and walk Daisy without 5 layers of thermal clothing.

Monday, 19 March 2018

nice to see you, to see you nice

19th March 2018, Beadnell Bay, 7am

So nice to see bright sunshine after a cloudy and chilly weekend.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

too cold?

18th March 2018, Newton Point, 7:30am

An inch of snow overnight and the intense cold wind still blows.

The oyster catchers were hunkered down a bit on the beach so we kept well away from them (600mm lens)

Daisy loves this weather. Her fur is built for the cold and she gets too hot in the summer. Same with me really!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Sunny in Beadnell

17th March 2018, Newton Point, 3pm

I wanted to find a sheltered and safe vantage point to photograph the magnificent waves.  I also wanted interesting light.

The snow showers were rattling over so quickly that the sunny spells lasted literally seconds.

As usual it was sunny in Beadnell!

Daisy was anxious because her Mum was sheltering in the dunes and she wanted to reunite the pack!

Friday, 16 March 2018

a spot of colour

16th March 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

A grim morning with a 45 mph Easterly wind and horizontal rain.  The sea is angry and foaming with rage.

16th March 2018, Christon Bank, 3pm

You don’t expect to find much in the way of colour at this time of year.  Nor do you expect much in the way of fungus but these scarlet elf cups (sarcoscypha austriaca) are colourful beauties to brighten up a grey day.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

wind's up

15th March 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

The wind is picking up out of the east again and the sea is raging noisily in the bay.  The sun looks damp and seems to be hanging listlessly in the sky.

I really hope the bad forecast for the weekend isn't as bad as last time.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

on being sociable (for dogs)

14th March 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

Daisy is much more sociable than me and while I enjoy the occasional company of friends on a walk, Daisy would play with her doggy pals every day.

We hadn't met Larry the lurcher in a while and seeing these two run together is a beautiful thing.

14th March 2018, Newton Point, 3pm

I sheltered from the wind while Daisy enjoyed the breeze in her fur. We sat and watched the world go by in our own different ways.