Wednesday 31 January 2024

ten minutes later

 31st Jan 24, Alnmouth, 7:40

A quick look out the window and I jumped in the car and was on the beach 10 mins later.

Luckily I took the time to put a warm jacket on and it was well worth it.  Th pre-dawn colours were spectacular.

The new walkway down to the beach at Alnmouth lines up nicely with today’s sunrise. 

Unfortunately as you can see in the 2nd photo, it ends in mid air due to erosion from recent storms. 

It’s ironic that the old ramp it was built on top of would still be useable…

Tuesday 30 January 2024

sinking feelings

 30th Jan 24, Alnmouth, 3pm

I watched the sun sinking in the afternoon sky then walked up the beach as the light receded from the sand and from the waves.

The bright sun was reflecting off the grand windows of Alnmouth onto the waters of the Ann.

I climbed up the dunes from the shadowy beach to catch the last of the sun as it set.

calling cards

 30th Jan 24, Embleton Bay, 11am

How the weather changes ☔️☀️ 

After a day and night of non-stop rain, there was not a cloud in the sky. 

Only the closest examination of the beach revealed the pock-marks above high tide where the rain had left its calling card.

Saturday 27 January 2024


 27th Jan 24, Hartburn, 8am

It's not everyone's cup of tea but ICM (intentional camera movement) is a tool the photographer may use to 'interpret' the landscape. So, rather than just capture a view as it looks to every passer by, you create an interpretation of the view. I don't do it often but I quite liked the effect this morning and it seems to me to be more interesting and atmospheric than the simple photo of a tree at sunrise.

Friday 19 January 2024

soft waves of sunrise

 19th Jan 24, Dunstanburgh, 8am

Thanks to the local birds for a timely flypast...

The "cannonball boulders" N. of Dunstanburgh Castle are a popular spot to photograph. The shiny whinstone reflects the sunlight and the curve of the shoreline draws the eye up to the castle. 

I visited with my photo training client this morning and we had the place to ourselves and a perfect high tide, nice waves and beautiful sunrise colours. 

You can see snow on the castle rock. It was a chilly morning. 

I have used a one second exposure to soften the moving waves into a gentle blur.

After the sun rose, the breaking waves were spectacular in the golden light.

Thursday 18 January 2024

quality time

 18th Jan 24, Warkworth, 3pm

It's nice that the days are stretching out already and it's still daylight at 4pm.  And it's a very special type of daylight.

I walked up the beach which slowly slipped into the shadows as the sun set behind the dunes. When I climbed up the dunes I caught the last colour of the sunset and I was struck by the simplicity of this little tree on the horizon. I left the taller trees in the frame to give the option of cropping them out later on but I quite like them there.

Tuesday 16 January 2024

it's complicated

 14th Jan 24, Warkworth, 8:30am

I do love complicated clouds at sunrise.

Saturday 13 January 2024

a few glorious minutes

 13th Jan 24, Simonside, 8am

It was forecast to be sunny and frosty and the stars were out all night but by the morning cloud had rolled in.  At least I didn't have to defrost the car.

The sun eventually appeared briefly between the clouds for a few glorious minutes before hiding in the drizzle.

Wednesday 10 January 2024

running a walk

 10th Jan 24, Rothbury, 10am

Turning a familiar walk by the Coquet into a run today.  No floods but plenty of mud.

feeling fossils

4th January 2024, Bamburgh, 10am

Reflections in one of the many pools in the dunes this year

Crinoid fossils in the limestone on the beach

 6th Jan 24, Warkworth, 1pm

Monday 1 January 2024

first sunrise

1st Jan 2024, Warkworth, 8am

First sunrise of the new year took a while to appear but it was worth the wait.