Wednesday 26 April 2023

no sun, sun

 25th April 2023, Warkworth, 8am

A few days of easterly winds have stirred up the sea into beautiful waves.

Patterns of wood and stone before and after the sun came out

Thursday 20 April 2023

patterns and sunshine

 20th April 2023, Skaith, 9am

The skaith itself is quite dry just now and not very pretty but the outflow stream was full of patterns and sunshine.

The gorse is glorious.

Wednesday 19 April 2023

on two wheels

19th April 23, Buston, 3pm

The first time for ages on the mountain bike down the path I first used 3 years ago during lockdown. 

It was good to whizz past the fragrant gorse in full bloom.

The very tide didn't bother me as I sat on the dunes for a while then headed back up the hill home.

blue and grey

 17th April 2023, Warkworth, 3pm

Perfect blue

18th April 2023, Seahouses, 1pm

Sunny everywhere else but the fret was rolling in at Bamburgh and Seahouses.

Friday 14 April 2023

no hurry today

 14th April 2023, Warkworth, 8am

A sea of calm blue 
Gentle waves on the shoreline 
No hurry today

Wednesday 12 April 2023

colours and shadows

 12th April 23, Buston Links, 9am

I love it when a familiar corner suddenly catches the eye because of a special light or circumstance.

This tree opposite Alnmouth offered two photographs from the same location this morning. 

One in black and white which seemed to best capture the boldness of the shapes and textures of the sand, water and shadows...

...and one in colour as the blue and gold shades in the water were important in this composition.

Gone but not without trace, last night’s storm has ruffled the sea’s feathers. 

The sand has been left puckered by rain drops. 

 Pebbles have been elevated onto wind-sculpted plinths. 

being here

 10th April 2023, Embleton Bay, 10am

Lovely and bright but still with that springtime chilliness.

I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Thursday 6 April 2023

sand and sandstone

 6th April, Warkworth, 8am

The sandstone headland of Billing Carrs has revealed some of its structure that's been lying beneath the sand.

This honey coloured sandstone has had water trickling through the rock and over the millennia minerals have formed symmetrical patterns around the water courses (now cracks).

Further up the beach the sand is washed with purple dust.  I think it's mussel shells crushed up and floated ashore on the high tide.

The wide view was nice too.

Wednesday 5 April 2023

springing back

5th April 2023, Howick, 9am

Up on "Sea King hill" where the helicopters used to practice their precarious landing manoeuvres. 

On a chilly, damp and breezy day, there was no hint of yesterday's spring weather except for the bright gorse biding its time til the spring returns.

4th April 2023, Longhorsley, 10:30am

I was on my way down the ancient path from the village to the church to photograph a couple of whippets so I had my good SLR camera with me.  It does take beautiful photographs but it's too heavy for every day use so rarely features on here.

words fall like water

 30th March 2023, Linhope Spout, 2pm

After a wet morning it was a beautiful afternoon for a wander up to Linhope Spout.  I'd never ventured up here before and I'm glad I did.

Little does this water know 
As it tumbles peacefully through the hills. 
There is no warning given 
Though the burn narrows and deepens in a cleft 

Little does this water know 
It will soon be flying 
Sparkling like diamonds 
A brief moment of glory 
As it falls and crashes 
Before returning 
To peaty brown stillness 
As it continues Its journey to the sea 

Where I will perhaps 
Meet it once more

of pictoliths and seeing things

 28th March 2023, Warkworth, 9am

A 'pictolith' is a stone that seems to have on its surface an image of a memory of the landscape where it was created.

A bit rainy and grey this afternoon but there was just me, a couple of dogwalkers and a photography group. I wasn’t sure what they’d be finding to photograph but I set myself the same challenge though I only had my phone.  

I prefer being in encumbered by a hefty tripod unless it’s necessary and I find that photographs appear more often as you walk and explore and stop and think. 

Sure enough the colours and patterns in this lichen patch caught my eye with a nice view across the Howick rocks and the grey waves.

Hedges are full of blackthorn in flower just now. It’s known to flower in cold spring weather known as a ‘blackthorn winter’

29th March 2023, Howick, 9am

Running North and South over the wee bridge at Howick Bay