Friday 31 May 2019

a rainy day

31st May 2019, Budle Bay, 6:30am

It was very miserable yesterday.
It rained all day.
Today there is a soft rain.
The kind of rain I love
When you know that the sun is still shining
And you have the right person
To hold your umbrella

Tuesday 28 May 2019

sitting, watching

28th May 2019, Bamburgh, 7am

The photographer sits
Hidden round the corner
From the friendly dogs
And chatty owners
Eyes wide open
Lens in hand
Waiting for the perfect wave
And the perfect light
It may never come
But then again
It just might...

Clouds creep over the Farnes holding a promise of a damp morning ahead...

Sunday 26 May 2019

temporary waterfall

25th May 2019, White Stag Rock, 7am

It was high tide and big waves were crashing over the rocks behind whits stag rock.

The water then poured down in a beautiful waterfall.

Inner Farne in beautiful light...

A new start

24th May 2019, Bamburgh, 7am

A new era in a new home so we're on a different beach but the same old feet and paws

 An extraordinary field of campion at Bamburgh. This is planted for wildlife preservation so it’s not a good idea to wade into it for a photo. (This one is from the path right at the top)

24th May 2019, Newton Point, 5pm

We were joined by sister Bessie

Tuesday 21 May 2019

early chilling

21st May 2019, Embleton Bay, 6am

Nice and early up and out this morning.

It was very quiet and we just chilled for a bit (although Daisy had a bit run through the waves).

Monday 20 May 2019

saying adieu

20th May 2019, Howick shore, 8am

It’s all very chilled here this morning after a busy weekend

20th May 2019, Newton Point, 4pm

The Newton Point flower meadow is coming into its own now. Buttercups, red clover, speedwell and many different grasses.

For 11 years this has been my stamping ground and it’s sad to be moving away this week. But I’ll not be far away and will forever be drawn back here.

Friday 17 May 2019

other things

17th May 2019, Embleton Bay, 6:30am

Sometimes it's fun to ignore the obvious and see what else there is to photograph.

Here's what I saw.

Sedge warbler

Wednesday 15 May 2019


15th May 2019, Longhorsley, 7:30am

Flowers blooming in the old churchyard at Longhorsley.  Such a beautiful time of year.

16th May 2019, Newton Point, 5pm

The first wee orchid I've seen this year.  Could be a Northern Marsh Orchid or something else - they are difficult to identify so I prefer to just enjoy them.

Tuesday 14 May 2019

all summer long

14th May 2019, Embleton Bay, 8am

Sea Pink or Thrift. A gorgeous sight when it appears at this time of year and then all the way through the summer.

I've read this morning that in Gaelic thrift is known as tonna chladaich, meaning 'beach wave'. I like that.

Daisy was in a less energetic mood than yesterday...

Monday 13 May 2019


13th May 2019, Howick, 8am

Smiling a lot this morning as we walked down the path to the sea after a great weekend.

It was a warm in the sun with hardly any wind so me and Daisy sat here happily on the sand for a while and just smiled.

Then we walked through the sea and felt the joy of clear cold water between our toes.

13th May 2019, Bamburgh, 4pm

More smiling - but Daisy this time (I was too)

Saturday 11 May 2019


 11th May 2019, Embleton Bay, 8am

Daisy and Henry did a lot of running about and needed to stop for a rest...

Canada geese out on the bright sea

Daisy plodded home in a reflective mood.

Friday 10 May 2019

What the early bird gets

10th May 2019, Embleton Bay, 6am

Up early (not early enough for sunrise though) and we found beautiful light and the beach to ourselves.

Daisy saw a deer over on the golf course but as she was on the lead she had to be content to sit and watch it wandering around.

Thursday 9 May 2019

find the beauty

9th May 2019, Howick, 7:30am

It was quite bleak with a cold wind scuttling in off the sea and grey clouds overhead.  It's been unseasonably cold for a few days but I don't mind a bit of bleakness and yesterday's rain had finally stopped so it wasn't so bad.

There is always beauty around even on a grey, damp day

Friday 3 May 2019

not like other guys

3rd May 2019, Embleton Bay, 7am

While some folk are excited about the news from the Europa League (whatever that is!) my calendar is defined by the comings and goings of nature.

I love the greens, blues and yellow of this combination of bluebells and cowslips unique to this time of year.

Down on the beach this massive tree has drifted ashore.  Serious driftwood