Friday, 22 September 2017

Autumn equinox

22nd September 2017, Embleton Bay, 6:30am

It's equinox today according to the met office but sunrise is at 06:50 and sunset at 19:07.  In fact the closest to a 12 hour day happens on Monday (06:57, 19:59)  This is sometimes known as equilux.

Anyway that's just foibles of human measurement.  Nature's sunrise is always beautiful and it's been around a lot longer than humans and their clocks.


20th September 17, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

All of the beach houses on Embleton Bay are well looked after except this one which is rotting away slowly but aesthetically.

20th September 2017, Newton Point, 4pm

A soft sky above a soft sea.

21st September 2017, Newton Point, 4pm

Nice to see the sun as the day's rain disappears over the sea.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

sunrise walk

19th Sept. 17, Dunstanburgh, 6am

Up nice and early for one of us to catch the morning train and one of us to catch the sunrise.

It's one of my greatest pleasures to start my walk in the dark and watch the light change and the new day spread across the land.  I try not to spend all my time staring through a viewfinder and I like to move around as the sunrise develops so that I can see what's to be seen. Rather than trying to create a single image I present a photo essay telling the story of the walk from pre-dawn to long shadows.

Monday, 18 September 2017

little things

18th September 2017, Embleton Bay, 7:30am

An office day for me today so plenty of time on the rainy beach.

When I slow down (and especially on a dull day) I tend to see the little details.

18th September 2017, Newton Point, 4pm

I've walked past this spot a thousand times but today the sky matched the stones.

The horses had their bums to the cold North wind.

cut off

17th September 2017, 7am, Fallodon Woods

The level crossing is shut for maintenance so we're cut off from the sea.

We've come to the woods instead.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

the day of the jacket

16th September 2017, Embleton Bay, 7am

I've been holding out for single figures but 10C with a chilly wind was cold enough for the big winter jacket so we braved the chilly wind of the open beach.

The skaith greeted us with familiar sunrise reflections as it will every morning from now until March.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


13th September 2017, Embleton Bay, 9am

After a night of rain the sun was shimmering on the sea for today's 1:1 PhotoTrail.

It was chilly at 10C though.  Single figures on the way!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


12th September 2017, Embleton Bay, 10am

Nature tuned up in force to join us on today's 1:1 PhotoTrail.

 Alder cones

Speckled Wood butterfly.

Spot of the day was a fine Great White Egret at Low Newton (sorry for the terrible photo but I thought it was worth sharing despite the extreme digital zooming required).

Monday, 11 September 2017


11th September 2017, Newton Point, 4pm

Showery weather makes for a nice photograph but you risk getting wet...

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sky stories

9th September 2017, Embleton Bay, 6:30am

Tidal pool is calm
Reflecting the new day's sky
I stand and breathe deep

Camera version:

Phone Version:

We stood and looked at the sea and the sky but soon the black cloud came our way...

9th September 2017, Barter Books, 9am

A bit different from my usual but I spent a while sitting in Barter Books (a 2nd hand book shop in Alnwick) and took a few photos.

9th September 2017, Football Hole, 5pm

Daisy waited patiently for her afternoon walk - her tail like a coiled spring.

A very pleasant family walk after a busy, arty creative day.  I spotted these people walking along the beach and the light was just nice.

I thought I should really take a similar photo of Su and Daisy