Saturday 30 January 2016

westerly wind

30th January 2016, Embleton Bay, 8am

It's been dull and stormy but there is light in the sky this morning.

The fierce Westerly wind is leaving our East coast sea untroubled


24th January 2016, Newton Point, 4pm

Compare these pictures:

The sea in one is the colour of the sand in the other and the sky is the colour of the sea.


Daisy found all this fascinating!

Sunday 17 January 2016


17th January 2015, Newton Point, 7:45 am

A freezing dawn (-2C) leading to a bonny sunrise. It was nice to hang about and linger over the morning walk...

17th January 2015, Howick shore, 10:30 am

No sooner was I home and breakfasted than we went out again as it was such a beautiful day. We had a bright and chilly walk along the Howick shore This time with Su as well as Daisy.

Saturday 16 January 2016


16th January 2016, Dunstanburgh, 7:45 am

Up before the dawn as someone had asked me for a photo of the castle which included the golf course.

Me and Daisy checked out some possible angles then had a bit play with the ball and a bit of a sit while we waited for the light to develop.  I kept Daisy's flashing collar on just in case...

I could see that the clouds above the castle would most likely pick up the first light of the rising sun so I took some shots of Daisy and her collar while we waited for that.

Thursday 14 January 2016

pent up

14th Jan 2016, Embleton Bay, 4:30 pm

Another nice twilight walk.

After only a very short walk in very heavy rain this morning, Daisy went off like a rocket on the beach this afternoon...This was the only time she stood still!

Same time, same place as a couple of days ago.  The moon then was a new moon and now we have a crescent (here smudged by misty cloud)

Monday 11 January 2016

light at the end of the tunnel

11th January 2016

Lovely sky over the very high tide and a bonny crescent moon at 4:30pm

So nice to be dry and walking in daylight at least for a wee while.

Out-take:  Daisy wasn't in the mood to hang about for a photo...

Sunday 10 January 2016

inspirational photographers

10th January 2016, Embleton Bay, 8am

I was reading Richard Denyer's obituary yesterday. Denyer photographed the landscapes of Norfolk, East Anglia and the Outer Hebrides - all places which can have grey and bleak moments - not unlike my own corner of Northumberland.

He shot in black and white but was not averse to capturing weak colours if that's what the shot demanded.

Denyer worked tirelessly to champion photography and help fellow photographers so this post is a tribute to him.…/…/jan/07/richard-denyer

Saturday 9 January 2016

no putting

9th January 2016, Embleton Bay, 8am

Normally I would turn these sorts of photographs into black and white to focus on the shapes and features of the landscape but I think the 'straight out of camera' captures the colours and atmosphere of this morning better.

No putting on the putting green this morning

colour in the sky

8th January, nr Christon Bank, 7:30am

Finally the stars were back for this morning's dog-walk and the first site of colour in the morning sky for what seems like weeks!

whatever the weather

2nd January 2016, Football Hole, 4pm
3rd January 2016, Dunstanburgh, 4pm

It's been cold, wet and windy on the coast for a while.

Still, the dog needs walked and we need the exercise

Friday 1 January 2016

Four trees

1st Jan 2016, nr Christon Bank, 3pm

A grey, chilly walk across bleak farmland paths to the busy beach and home via my favourite four trees.

They are ash trees. Perhaps their days are numbered.

Happy New Year

1st January 2016, Newton Point, 8am

Happy New Year from me and Daisy.

It was nice to see I'm not the only one who prefers to greet the first dawn of the New Year rather than partying away the last night of the past.

So for any of you who missed it, the first dawn of 2016 painted the sky with a beautiful pastel pink and the sunrise that followed wasn't bad either... May that be a good omen for you and yours in 2016. 

On New Year's Day I find myself
Standing on the shore
Standing in a place I've stood
A thousand times before

A thousand times before I've stood 
Each day a different one
When wind and cloud and tide and wave
All change beneath the sun

Waders play, grasses sway
Nature welcomes every day
For a thousand years or more
For a thousand years or more.

Dawn is not the same... Sunrise