Tuesday, 23 October 2018

watching the view

23rd October 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

The beach and the sea both reflecting the golden sky

Monday, 22 October 2018

Happy Anniversary

22nd October 2018, Dunstanburgh, 8am

The first post on this blog was 21st October 2008

To mark the 10th anniversary I thought I would revisit the same spot that appeared back in the first couple of days of the blog.

I knew the sunrise alignment would be the same but the weather conditions and the colour of the sky turned out to be the same too.

Sunday, 21 October 2018


21st October 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

Back to our favourite spot above Embleton Bay (after a week away in Scotland).

The wind was in our ears and we watched a sunrise where we never actually saw the sun.

Twelve other dogs on the beach at 7:30 this morning so we sat up high on the dunes and let them get on with it.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

one shot

14th October 2018, Dunstanburgh, 7:30am

The grey sky held no prospect of a bright sunrise but then colours spread quickly across the sky.

Soon the brightness faded as quickly as it had come and the sun rose from the horizon quietly into the clouds.

I took one photograph.  There is something quite satisfying about that.


12th October 2018, Football Hole, 4pm

Stormy winds and scudding clouds.  briefly the sun broke through the crowds and lit up the waves as the raged into the beach.

13th October 2018, Embleton Bay, 5pm

A long day of non-stop rain with a stiff breeze on its tail.  Eventually it cleared away and we headed out.  It was high tide and spring tide and so there was little or no beach.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

the hole story

10th October 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

There was no-one else here.

We walked up and down the beach and no-one appeared.

We sat down and Daisy dug a hole and still no-one came.

Eventually we had to go so we left the empty beach for whoever came by...

This cygnet is still hanging about.  I've watched two young swans grow up and seen them trying to learn to fly off the water.  The sibling has now flown but this one remains.

Trails of fresh water percolating through the sand from under the dunes.

Birds crossing (Oyster Catcher prints)

Daisy's excavation.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

shifting sands

7th October 2018, Long Nanny and Beadnell Bay, 7am

We walked up to Long Nanny as the high clouds were painted with the colours of a new day.

Then back down the beach as the sun appeared over the horizon.  With every step there was a different foreground to the sunrise backdrop.  (Although I couldn't resist posting these first two which are two different compositions from the same location)

Saturday, 6 October 2018


6th October 2018, Embleton Bay, 4pm

Daisy was trying for "windblown and interesting"...

on reflection

5th October 2018, Howick, 4pm

Lots of wintery shapes this afternoon. I liked the trees but I liked their reflection in a rockpool better...

Thursday, 4 October 2018

finding photos

4th October 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

The Big View can make a lovely photograph - but often what you end up with is really just a "photograph of a nice view". That might be exactly what you want so that's all good.

Sometimes I like to FIND photographs that are hiding in the big view and MAKE photographs FROM the view.   If you look closely you can find find all 3 of these photos in the above shot.

In this shot it's simply achieved with a zoom lens to pull in the detail composition...

...but in these others it's a different view and a different foreground of the same sky. Look. See. Photograph.

Daisy doesn't care about such things.

4th October 2018, Embleton Bay, 10am

Three from this morning's PhotoTrail.  

We had a lovely old pal with us too...

A few flowers have come out on this Burnet Rose while other Burnett's are well into their rose hip stage.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018


2nd October 2018, at home

Our garden mostly ignores the seasons...

2nd October 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

Back home by the sea
Where shadows linger a while
Like my dog and me

3rd October, Newton Point, 4pm

Daisy's sister came too...

"Take a left, down the road for a bit then the beach car park is on the left...Let's Go!"

Sunday, 30 September 2018

behind the scenes

30th September 2018, Bamburgh Castle, 12noon

I never get tired of Bamburgh Castle - it is a stunning place.

A few here from some behind the scenes locations not open to the public too (wedding photographer's privilege!)

Friday, 28 September 2018

either side of sunrise

28th September 2018, Embelton bay, 6:40am

These photos are from around 20 minutes before until 10 minutes after sunrise.

As the Earth rolls round the sun

And another day's begun

From a blanket of grey cloud

The dawn breaks on a crowd

Of faces who wait the day

Then they slowly fly away

From where they took their rest

When the sun sank in the West