Sunday, 24 June 2018

There's mackerel in the sky

24th June 2018, Newton Point, 7am

A patch of pastel colour lingered at the horizon long after sunrise.  High above the sky was full of delicate mackerel clouds.

Meanwhile back at home the mackerel sky hung about for a while but soon disappeared - perhaps burned off by the warm sun.

Thursday, 21 June 2018


21st June 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

While I took a photo of the light on the Skaith, Daisy went straight into the water to cool her paws.

Later, from our high perch, Daisy spotted Jane and Charley so we went to say hello...

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

rain then blue

20th June 2018, Dunstanburgh, 8am

Last night's rain clouds were moving high above the castle and saddle rock before heading off to sea.

To replace them was a warm blue sky for a while at least.

Daisy gave me one nice pose then decided she'd had enough photos taken...

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

sick day

19th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 6am

Up early as Daisy was wanting out with a dicky tummy.

It's not a great hardship and once we'd been out and she'd eaten a bit of grass she was fine.

a favourite place

18th June 2018, by Dunstanburgh Castle, 8am

This is always a peaceful spot to sit with the birds.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

close waves

17th June 2018, Beadnell Bay, 6am

Daisy had a good run about but we stayed well away from the tern colony and turned back South along a high tide beach.

The high tide brings the breaking waves nice and close to the camera.

Some of the wild flowers are fading now but others are glorious.  Sea Pink or Thrift with bird's foot trefoil in the background.

storms passing

16th June 2018, Newton Point, 5pm

There was thunder in the air and Daisy was a bit unsettled but my rain app told me it was heading away over the sea so we headed out.

Soon the clouds were out over the horizon and blue sky was coming up from behind.

Friday, 15 June 2018


15th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 7am

After a really windy day yesterday I expected the sea to be stirred up but all was calm.

early best?

13th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 7am

A quick dogwalk before a training day.  It's worth getting up early for the peace and solitude of an empty beach.

13th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 10am

A couple of hours later and time to be sociable.

On a sunny stroll up the beach with two Northumberland Photo Training clients I met the National Trust wardens and volunteers clearing non-native and invasive plants from the dunes. You could spend all day photographing flowers around here at this time of year including these beautiful "Bloody Cranesbill" and (some variety of) dandelion. These flowers belong here along with hundreds of other beautiful wild flowers. Nature does it best.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


10th June 2018, Howick shore, 10am

Many visitors seem to enjoy relaxing by creating balanced piles of stones.  They are beautiful creations.

There was something different about this set though...

walk this way

8th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

When I get the camera out, Daisy walks towards me to stop me taking a photo.  Sometimes it makes for a better photo though.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

A chilly June day

6th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

A very cold N wind blew down the beach and cold grey waves crashed onto the shore.

This is a bleak, magnificent place where you can feel the weather, feel nature all around you and feel alive. It's often chilly in the wind on the beach even on an otherwise warm day.  Anyone visiting this place has to take it as they find it.  No point complaining.

6th June 2018, Newton Point, 3pm

In among the wildflowers...

just the two of us

5th June 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

Back to just me and Daisy again.  It was a beautiful walk in bright sunshine with wildflowers all around.  Still a chilly wind kept the afternoon cool.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

outwardly calm

2nd June 2018, Embleton Bay, 6:30am

Even at 6:30 there were a few dog walkers about so Daisy and Bess were confined to the lead for a while. The ensuing tangles and bickering isn't very conducive to a relaxing walk but eventually we found an empty stretch of beach and they raced off to disturb the calm sea with some happy splashing about.

Friday, 1 June 2018


1st June 2018, Dunstanburgh, 6:30am

At last a morning without mist.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

finding difference

31st May 2018, Embleton Bay, 9am

After a very misty walk with Daisy and Bessie early on I was back to the beach for a PhotoWalk with a couple of interesting chaps.

As the mist burned away, the beach changed character completely from a cold, forbidding misty place to a sunny holiday destination. You can always wait for the weather to change.

But even in the mist, there are signs of spring all around. Here's a couple of very different images from the same walk this morning. Taken just a few hundred metres apart they perhaps show how different corners of a landscape can contain very different images just waiting to be found.

So if you are uninspired by where you are, and you can't wait for the weather to change, then look elsewhere...and you maybe don't need to look too far.

31st May 2018, Newton Point, 3pm

Out in the sun but the fret soon rolled in again.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Time to move on

29th May 2018, Newton Point, 8am

 I'm just sitting watching flowers in the rain. More like a soft misty drizzle really. A beautifully soft, calm atmosphere. I could have sat here for ages.  In fact we wandered around for an hour and a half or so enjoying the moment.