Tuesday 31 July 2018

look and you will find

31st July 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

July comes to an end with a return to lovely sunny weather and Embleton Bay looking beautiful in the morning sunshine.

The beach was empty so we dropped down to the sand for a run about.

A few found objects that caught my eye.

Monday 30 July 2018

sun's back

30th July 2018, Dunstanburgh, 8am

Despite a wet weather forecast, the sun's back shining on the sea just a bit cooler than before.

The sheep family wandered quite close to Daisy despite her intense stare and she stayed safely on the lead.

Sunday 29 July 2018

small ship tall ship

28th July 2018, at home, 10am

At long last a grey, wet weekend but I'm busy with music at Belford Arts Festival.

I picked up these pieces of glass with the intention of chucking them in the bin.  The glass on Embleton bay is not nicely eroded smooth sea glass.  It's broken pieces from bottles tossed into the sea back in the day so I try to pick it up whenever I see it (which is most days to be honest)

I threw them on the table to put in the bin and thought they made a wee sailing ship.

28th July 2018, at home, 4pm

Waiting for the walk

29th July 2018, Newton Point, 5pm

Our first grey day for a while.  Not cold but wild and windy

The beach was free of sunbathers for the first time in a while...


26th July 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

 All the warm, dry weather has made the Skaith very weedy.  There is rain forecast for the weekend and that will clean out the water.

Wednesday 25 July 2018

coiled spring

25th July 2018, at home, 7am

Daisy is like a coiled spring waiting for the back door to open and her walk to begin.

25th July 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

Low tide sounds, colours and textures.

Daisy posing nicely

There were a few people around.  You don't see them in my photos very often as I tend to seek the quiet places.

back to nature

24th July 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

After an intense couple of hours of dealing with the consequences of being 'cloned' on Facebook it was very good to get out into nature and the real world.  There is no shade out here though and the 'close' atmosphere and beating sunshine didn't help my headache.  I was glad to get home to the cool of our shady garden.

The warm, dry weather has really parched the grass of the meadow.

Monday 23 July 2018

still hot...

23rd July 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

The fine weather continues with 20C temps at 7am and a brightly shimmering sea.

Wednesday 18 July 2018

lead the way

18th July 2018, Embleton Bay, 2018

After a walk round the golf course Daisy led the way down onto the beach.

Our soundtrack was Kittiwakes and the occasional sheep...

Tuesday 17 July 2018

after the rain

17th July 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

After heavy rain last night the sea was calm there was no wind in the air and the raindrops hung precariously on the wildflowers.

17th July 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

This is a Burnet moth emerging from its Cocoon.

The water was Caribbean-like

Monday 16 July 2018


16th July 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

My feet find a track
Seeking sand between the rocks
Avoid slippy stones

The weather forecast says showery and there's a few spits of rain in the air.  Way out at the horizon there is a bit of rain falling

Daisy stood in the calm sea enjoying the coolness.

coming and going

Sunday 16th July 2018, Embleton Bay, 7am

A warm day and we're heading to Glasgow.  It's raining there so this is our chance to enjoy the sun...

Saturday 14 July 2018

sandy morning

14th July 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

I suspect these sunny sands will be busy later today...

Thursday 12 July 2018

little and large

10th July 2018, Dunstanburgh, 8am

A wee jaggy thistle
Sits by the sea
If I had purple spiky hair
He'd look a bit like me

10th July 2018, Newton Point, 4pm

Brilliant sky this afternoon with clouds stretching from one horizon to the other. The heat of the bright summer sun was tempered by a cool breeze. Daisy had her eyes on the sea...

11th July 2018, Howick, 11am

A lovely run along the coastal path between Howick and Boulmer on a nice cool, windless day.

12th July 2018, Embleton Bay, 8am

The curlews are back from their summer migration.

Monday 9 July 2018

personal space

9th July 2018, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

A hint of rain in the air which is very welcome for the parched landscape.

Daisy watched some dogs going by on the beach while I let my mind drift.  We were disturbed from our peaceful preoccupations by someone who wanted to stand next to us and talk into his phone.  I think city folk have a different idea of personal space.  We left him to his conversation.

9th July 2018, at home, 9am

A definite drizzle now and this feverfew was collecting the raindrops.  Some would regard this as a weed but it is a very beautiful flower and our garden has undisturbed corners for wildlife to enjoy.

flying by

8th July 2018, Dunstanburgh, 7am

The days seem to be flying by - maybe it's the weather being so dry for so many weeks.

There was brightness at the horizon and cool clouds overhead.  The heat of the day would soon burn through though.  The only birds flying from the cliffs today were kittiwakes which flew this way to somewhere with rich pickings and that way to their nests and their hungry chicks.

Saturday 7 July 2018

summer sunrise

7th July 2018, Newton Point, 4am

I woke at 3:30 and was restless.  When I looked out the window I could see there would be a nice sunrise and a quick check showed it would be at 4:34 so plenty of time to get myself out there.  It's very rare for me to see sunrise at this time of year so this was too good an opportunity to miss.

Daisy, surprisingly, bounced out of bed keen to join me.

I kept her on the lead as I thought we might encounter the last of the nocturnal wildlife although it was already quite bright in the sky.

Sure enough ahead of us on the path was first one deer then two.  They watched us for a bit and then the stag started chasing the female all around the field.  Daisy was going crazy on the lead so it was tricky to get photos and hold her at the same time!

Eventually they bounded away and we walked on only to stop and watch as another two female deer leapt through the long grass.

 Down on the beach the sunrise was warming up the sky and it was nicely reflected in the pools.

Out to sea between the two headlands a couple of dolphins were coming to the surface.  Too distant to photograph, these few minutes of their company were just for my eyes.

Snook point gave us a decent vantage point for the moment of sunrise...

...but we dropped down to the beach again where terns were busy finding breakfast just offshore. The curlews are back at the coast too and the air was filled with their beautiful melancholic cries mixed with the frantic shrieking of the terns.

At the other end of the beach 3 eiders were bobbing gently on the calm sea.

Time to head home as the sun rose higher and the orange would soon fade to blue.