Thursday 28 June 2018

where I walk

28th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

I walk with the dog on the same beach pretty much every day and pretty much at the same time, and I have walked here for 10 years (8 years with Daisy). I have seen it in many weathers and in all seasons.

Some mornings it is not particularly inspiring and some mornings I have other things on my mind. Some mornings I force myself to find the photograph that's waiting in the landscape (this can be a useful exercise).

Then there are mornings like this one. Today the light was extraordinary with a bank of sea fret sitting just off shore lit by a high, bright sun. Today the photographs were not difficult to find and I wandered up and down the beach as the mist ebbed and flowed over an ever-changing landscape.

I'll be back tomorrow and the day after just to see what there is to see...

28th June 2018, Howick, 4pm

A very warm afternoon - too hot for me and Daisy and a lot of pollen in the air from hay baling in the field next to the path.  Daisy found a spot to cool off and I was OK once I was upwind of the dust.

Wednesday 27 June 2018

beachwear for a heatwave

27th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 10am

It was decidedly cool on the beach and the fret threatened to break up but then closed in again.

Still, I hear it's a heatwave so if you're coming to the beach you're going to wear beachwear!

Others were more appropriately dressed...

Back home (2 miles inland) and the sun was bright and warm.

Tuesday 26 June 2018

don't like it...?

26th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

As we sat in the Ship Inn playing music last night the blue skies faded to grey and the temperature dropped as the fret rolled in. Soon you couldn't see the sea from the pub.

This morning it was blissfully cool and beautifully calm down on the beach. Out in the mist the coble fisherman started his day while up in the dunes, me and Daisy got wet legs from the profusion of water droplets clinging like jewels to the marram grass.

This is Northumberland and I love it. If you don't like it, there are sunny places elsewhere...

Monday 25 June 2018


25th June 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

On a blue morning
The sea as calm as a lake
We watch as he works

25th June 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

The bright blue skies contrasted with the green of the hay meadow.

 ...but also matched nicely with the blue sea

A breathtaking panorama from N to S from this viewpoint

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.

24th June 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

A warm sun with a cool breeze and strong shadows.

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.