Sunday, 23 September 2018

exit stage left

23rd September 2018, Newton Point, 8am

Not much sunrise due to grey cloud so we didn't hurry out.

Once we got there the cloud was retreating to the south.

Nothing in the diary for today so we sat and watched the world go by for a while.  I had a play with some extreme HDR on the phone.  It's a long way from documentary photography but it's striking and good fun.

23rd September 2018, at home, 11am

A bonny Red Admiral feeding on ivy flowers along with many bees and countless other less glamorous flies. Ivy flowers look like nothing to us but they’re a very important source of late summer nectar.

23rd September 2018, Howick, 5pm

Oyster catchers on Howick sandstone in the late afternoon light.


22nd September 2018, Beadnell Bay, 7am

We're getting close to equinox and sunrise is close to 7am (6am GMT) with sunset around 7pm

Sunrise is just about due East

a busy day

21st September 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

The wind swirls through the grass at the edge of the beach. Like an invisible hand, the wind grasps each blade of grass and forces it to inscribe circles on the sand.

Daisy, unimpressed, waits for games.

21st September 2018, Low Newton, 10am

Highlight of today’s HPB walk was this ‘common hawker’ dragonfly (Aeshna juncea) at Newton Pool. He posed for ages while we all took photos. Look how beautifully he is marked and the structure of the transparent wings is breathtaking.

21st September 2018, Low Newton, 5pm

We waited for the day's heavy rain to stop before we headed out for a walk along the beach to Ship Inn for our Friday pint.

The stormy weather was heading off to the SE... we headed North

Post-pint and we were back at The Skaith for sunset.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

after the storm

20th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

The storm has passed on and the sea has calmed down.

There's still a chilly old wind though.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

wind on the way

19th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

Beautiful light down at the skaith.

The wind is already picking up with very strong winds due later on.  Meanwhile we enjoy the peace.

something to sniff

18th September 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

A blue sky day for our afternoon walk.  There is a smell in the air and Daisy is taking in as much as possible...

Bad hair day...

Monday, 17 September 2018

just grey?

17th September 2018, Dunstanburgh, 7:30am

A sundog (or parahelion) above the castle this morning. It lasted just a few moments while the atmospheric conditions and light combined to create it.

17th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 10am

At first it just looked grey for today's PhotoTrail. I was with a lovely couple keen to learn more about photography for their impending retirement (sounds good to me!)

But then you spend a bit of time out and about and you watch the weather and the light changing on the land and sea.

You start to see that the sky is more than just grey and that there are patterns everywhere.

Then you start to find photographs all around you.

A stiff breeze on the beach today and definite autumn colours in the ferns as they blew about in the wind.

Back in May the hawthorn blossom was incredible. Now that has translated into a goodly crop of berries...

17th September 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

The wind beneath her ears

Sunday, 16 September 2018

the light was like gold

16th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 7am

Sometimes it rained, sometimes the sun shone brightly.  There was a golden light on the sea and it was a very beautiful place to be.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

sunrise story

15th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 6am

Sunrise was at 6:36 and the weather looked promising so we headed down to the beach in plenty of time (the best colours are before the sunrise)

I was glad we did as we had the beach to ourselves and there was only a narrow band of colour between the horizon clouds and the grey clouds above.

We woke up the gulls from their night time roost as we passed the Skaith.  No reflections of dawn in the Skate at this time of year.  We have to be at, or past, equinox for that.

Some gentle colour SE over the castle

But the vivid colours were out towards the point of sunrise and the reflections on the sea were beautiful.

We walked down until the Emblestones were between us and sunrise for a different shot.

Very quickly the colours faded and the sun disappeared into the higher cloud.  I amused myself taking photos of my own footprints while Daisy sniffed about.  The waves caught me out though...

Friday, 14 September 2018


14th September 2018, Beadnell Bay, 7am

All quiet and grey here.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

same view?

12th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

The old familiar view from the top of the dunes...

The patterns in the waves and sand are unique every moment of every day.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

grey and blue

11th September 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

To the south a blanket of grey cloud lingered from overnight rain that is heading away down South.

Round the corner to the North we found the edge of the cloud and there was blue sky trying to brighten the day.


10th September 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

These beauties are part of a (European funded) scheme set up a 10 years ago to provide a habitat and food for over-wintering wild birds. It comes to an end this year.

Just a hundred yards from the sunflowers is our normal beach.

Monday, 10 September 2018

around the castle

10th September 2018, 10am

A PhotoTrail around Bamburgh castle seeking different views