Thursday 26 November 2015

blue to gold

26th Nov 15, Newton Point, 2 - 3:30pm

A lovely walk thanks to a half-day from work.  Catching some Vitamin D after so many dark walks at this time of year.

As the afternoon wore on the light changed from blue to gold.

We're off to Copenhagen for a few days.  Back soon...

Tuesday 24 November 2015

moon's up

24th Nov 2015, Embleton Bay, 4:30pm

The moon rose as I drove home and was hanging nicely over the sea by the time we got to the beach...

Daisy was unimpressed

Saturday 21 November 2015

not just the sea, not just the dog

21st November 2015, Howick shore, 2pm

So much going on this evening so I photographed it all.

The sea was tempestuous...

...but inland this morning's gale had died to nothing and all was calm.

Daisy stood and posed at the Howick hole which I still think will be gone this winter sometime.  It looks very precarious.  With it will go the little sandy cliff and a fair few sand martins' nests.  They'll find another home soon enough.

night in the city

20th Nov 2015, Dunstanburgh, 3pm

A day in the big city was enough for me and it was nice to be back home for a daylight dog-walk.

new moon, old words

19th Nov 2015, Embleton Bay, 
We had a beautiful starry walk this morning and then a clear, calm walk under a half moon this afternoon.  The moon lit up the sea from behind a cloud. 

Daisy didn't want to go home as the afternoon turned to twilight. Last year year I wrote these words after a similar walk...
A walk by Moonlight
I’d rather walk by starlight
When the sun is yet to rise
When nothing stirs and all is still
But distant night-time cries
Or wander here by moonlight
When the sun has newly set
Eyes adjust to gathering dark
No moonlight shadows yet
Winter means the dark will fall
When usually it’s day
We rush to switch on lamps and lights
To keep the dark at bay
But venture out, don’t be afraid
To feel the dark embrace
The wide-eyed seek the shadows out
Let senses set the pace.
Familiar landscapes set anew
Lie just beyond your door
Sights and sounds are waiting
Let your inner child explore

ripples never come back

18th Nov 2015, Dunstanburgh, 5pm

First photos on the camera for a while. Recent rain still lies in big puddles but the ripples collect the last light of the day.

rain effects

15th Nov 2015, Embleton Bay, 9am

Very clarty on the paths and very flooded golf course. Time to head home for breakfast...

...or so I intended.  Daisy wanted to hit the beach, and I'm glad she did as we found these sandy towers.  After much rain recently, When the burn runs in spate and undercuts the sand the boulders wear sand caps.

15th Nov 2015, Howick, 4pm

Daisy would stand up there all day watching the world go by...

not so peaceful

14th Nov 15, Embleton Bay, 8am

All peaceful here but last night's massive terrorist attack in Paris has stunned everyone.

My thoughts are with those affected and let's hope a solution can be found to stop the murderous intentions of this tiny group of small-minded fools that represent no-one and nothing but their own delusional ideals.

crepuscular vision

11th Nov 2015, Embleton Bay, 4:40pm

Not much light at 16:40 but just enough for the camera and enough to allow Daisy to scan for furries...

Sunday 8 November 2015

Remembrance Sunday

11/11/15  Embleton Bay, 7:30 am

This video is my contribution to Remembrance Sunday. I wrote this song called "A Letter Home" from the perspective of a wee Glasgow man posted to Northumberland at a time when there was a very real threat of invasion. This now peaceful beach was criss-crossed with barbed wire and closed to the public. To this day the concrete tank traps on Embleton Bay bear graffiti written by the soldiers in 1940.

mists clear

2nd November 2015, Dunstanburgh, 4:30pm

A very foggy week but the mists cleared enough to see some colour in the sunset...

autumn colour

30th October 2015, at home

Beautiful colours on the acer after the rain...