Friday, 16 November 2018

false start

16th November 2018, Beadnell Bay, 7am

There was a gentle, pastel light hanging about in the sky but no sign of the sunrise at its appointed time (7:42)

Eventually up she rose from her blanket of cloud.

Follow the waves
See the light on the water
And let all your worries flow out of your mind
Let the colours of sunrise
Be in your heart forever
Your own happy memory
You can easily find

Thursday, 15 November 2018

waiting for the sun

15th November 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

We reached the top of the dunes at 7:30 with 10 minutes to sunrise.

By the time the sun put in an appearance above the castle headland we were down playing on the beach.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

late sun

14th November 2018, Embleton bay, 7am

In the blue light of a cloudy morning the colours of the coast were piled up on top of each other.

14th November 2018, Embleton bay, 11am

It was a bit odd that there was sunrise colour in the sky to the south as late as 11am

Tuesday, 13 November 2018


13th November 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

We had our walk with Daisy's sisters but both of us wanted a bit more so we went down to the beach.

The morning sun was hiding somewhere, lighting up the clouds from behind.

13th November 2018, Bamburgh, 11am

Meanwhile it was time for coffee and cake for me and Daisy wanted a biscuit too.


12th November 2018, Dunstanburgh Castle, 7:30am

A flight of swans approached from over the sea. I was quick enough with my camera but they were so low that they dropped in front of the headland robbing me of the silhouette I wanted. I got a shot as they flew away past the rock but not as good a photo as I would have wanted.

The experience of seeing and hearing these noble birds fly right past me was the most important thing though.

Moral: Don't live your life through a lens.

I took this shot as a reference image as it clearly shows the boundary between the limestone and the overlying vertical columns of the whin sill (basalt) that pushed its way into the carboniferous limestone some 300 million years ago.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

gently does it

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

A delicate, gentle light this morning.

The wide view (phone) shows what it looked like but then in the next two photographs I found different angles with the camera.

You can probably see where I found the photos within the wide view.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

run to the sunrise

10th November 2018, Beadnell Bay, 6:57am

We started running at 6:57 and 33 minutes later we'd completed a 5K run just as the sun rose from the ocean at 7:30am.  A very neat and tidy arrangement.

All the way S down Beadnell Bay I had to keep stopping to photograph the changing colours and their reflections.

 I think this is the first time I've appeared on my own blog in 10 years but it was a special moment.

bleak is beautiful

8th November 2018, Newton Links, 4pm

I do like a bleak tree.  There wasn't much colour around so the b/w seemed to suit the scene.

9th November 2018, Embelton bay, 7:30am

Today we invented "earobics" as the stiff breeze played a merry dance with Daisy's ears.

8th November 2018

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

colour reflected

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

One man's beach (two if you include me).

I love how the colour of sunrise is reflected in her eye.

The wind was fierce; 
Ripping and tearing at the grass and ferns
The grasses of the dunes have seen it all before
(and worse)
And they bend and dance in the breeze.
The ferns can afford to lose their dying fronds
Their life essence hibernates in the soil
Sure to come to life again next year.

7th November 2018, Long Nanny, 4pm

It was a spring high tide and the Long nanny was just part of the sea as we were heading into the blueness of a late winter afternoon...

I had both Bessie and daisy this afternoon.  It's an absolute joy to walk with these two beautiful animals.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

hair by windy

6th November 2018, Embleton Bay, 7am

Cold, grey and windy about the ears.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Three things

4th November 2018, Beadnell Bay, 7am

The sunrise:

The trusty hound:

A star plant in the dunes:

sunrise roulette

3rd November 2018, Dunstanburgh, 7am

You never know where the sun is going to pop up...

Friday, 2 November 2018


2nd November 2018, Beadnell Bay, 7am

The sun rose from its blanket of grey cloud into a clear sky.

Up North

1st November 2018, Berwick and Duddo

What started as a damp grey walk around Berwick-upon-Tweed ended up as a sunny walk up to the Duddo stones.

They don't look very mysterious in the light of the midday sun but I may return at a more interesting time of day...