Saturday, 21 April 2018

avoiding trouble

21st April 2018, Howick shore, 6:30am

I leave the house early to find peace and solitude and to see aspects of nature that few others witness.
I find it best to avoid the crowds which will descend on Northumberland today (sunny weekend).

The light over the sea was beautiful and we had a grand walk despite a burnt out sofa on one beach a couple lighting a fire on another beach some rogue sheep to negotiate and a vicious little dog that had a go at Daisy.

I was quite glad to get home and leave the coast to the ravages that the day will bring.

Friday, 20 April 2018

the solitude of the lurcher walker

20th April 2018, Beadnell Bay, 6:15am

Up early for a treat.  Still too late for sunrise but early enough for a peaceful walk up the sand with a glassy sea and yesterday's footprints for company.

I've learned not to expect Daisy to trot along by my side and when it's this quiet I don't mind her running off to nose around the long grass of the dunes.  Eventually we caught each other up and she was in hunting mode - ever alert and looking for trouble...

Thursday, 19 April 2018


19th April 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

Properly warm.  Daisy cooled her paws in the sea and I was only wearing 3 layers and summer trousers.  Lovely!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


18th April 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

I tell people that i record the landscape as I find it - whatever the weather but i am sometimes guilty of only recording remarkable weather and leaving the grey days to themselves.

This morning was unremarkable in its featureless greyness.

shaggy dog tail

17th April 2018, Dunstanburgh, 8am

Someone's been digging into this WW2 dugout which previously was just a depression in the grass.  It's interesting to see the structure of the stonework.  This is one of 10 "weapons pits" that were part of a trench and dugout system around a pillbox close to Dunstanburgh castle.  Personally I wouldn't dig around too much or it could all blow up in your face!

17th April 2018, Newton Point, 3pm

Warm but windy and Daisy's fur was in a state!

The clouds were beautiful

Monday, 16 April 2018

mist retreating

16th April 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

At last a warm day.  Daisy was warm enough to cool her paws.

The last tendrils of the morning fog seemed reluctant to release their grip on the castle towers.  I live for photographic opportunities like this.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

sisters together

14th April 2018, Dunstanburgh, 7:15am

At last a hint of sunlight.

As the seasons roll by the sunrise becomes more inaccessible.

I was out at 7:15 this morning but that was more than an hour after sunrise. Still there can be beautiful light at any time and I was there just in time for the first of the day's sun to peak out from the mist and clouds that were retreating off to the East.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

water, water, everywhere

10th April 2018, Dunstanburgh, 7:30am

It was raining - a lot.  My first set of waterproofs was soaked by the end of the dog walk...

10th April 2018, Roughting Linn, 10am

...and into my 2nd set of waterproofs to lead a damp archaeology walk to Roughting Linn.  the waterfall was in fine voice.

Monday, 9 April 2018

on a blue morning

9th April 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

A beautiful blue morning.  As the sunrise gets earlier, the compensation is that our dog walk coincides with the shadows of the morning sun.

9th April 2018, Cullernose Point, 4pm

Following the blue morning comes the grey afternoon as the fret rolled in off the sea.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

shapes and sounds

8th April 2018, Newton Point, 7:30am

Properly spring like with a chorus of skylarks all around us and distant waves rolling peacefully onto the sand.

The warm sunshine brought out the colour of the lichen very nicely too.

8th April 2018, Howick, 4pm

We had time to kill so I sat and played with the limpet shells

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Simple Seascapes

7th April 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

I've mentioned on here before about how Lowry painted empty seascapes (as well as his more famous crowd scenes)

This one hangs in Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow and there was a similar view today.

Thursday, 5 April 2018


5th April 2018, Embleton Bay, 9:30am

At last a sunny and bright day and the waves in front of the castle are beautifully lit by the morning sun.  It was a perfect day for a PhotoTrail in the company of Charlotte and pretty lucky considering the recent weather.

diamonds are forever

3rd April 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

Cold and damp but the waves roll on whatever the weather...

A rainy feather at the side of the path

 4th April 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

There’s an area of whinstone rock uncovered by the recent stormy weather and it contains a number of mineral veins. This is quite unusual as the whinstone outcrops are normally just black volcanic rock. The rusty quartz contained in the veins produces pebbles known as “Dunstanburgh Diamonds” and I’ve found a couple over the years.

I’ve also seen an article saying the large black boulders by the castle are called Dunstanburgh Diamonds but I think this might be folk tales going astray...

Sunday, 1 April 2018

No fooling

April 1st 2018, Beadnell Bay, 11am

Nice to have a walk with Su and Daisy on what may prove to be the only sunny day of the Easter weekend.