North Bay, Scarborough

The next instalment from our trip to the seaside….

In the space of a few hours I watched Scarborough’s North Bay change from dramatic stormy silhouettes with crashing waves & rolling tides to a tranquil autumn seaside scene. The bay looked so completely different once the storm had passed. As much as I enjoyed capturing shots of the rainstorm the return of the blue skies were very much welcomed.

The Sea

Following on from my last post, here are some more shots from our recent trip to the seaside (Scarborough, North Yorkshire). The rain eventually eased off momentarily and some blue skies managed to sneak through the clouds. Even with the smallest change in natural light as the clouds started to clear and the rain stopped, it changed the look of the bay, I guess you’d say it showed it in a new light.

My first shot of the tide coming in I think is my favourite out of this small selection. I still have a few more shots of the bay after the rain cleared, which I’m holding back for another post.

Stormy Seaside

Last weekend we managed to escape to the seaside for a few days, our first proper holiday since the COVID pandemic and lockdowns hit the UK. We had hoped to heading up to Scotland to visit family with our 2 weeks off but the new COVID restrictions put paid to that. So we decided to head to the coast for a few days instead. After some careful consideration of where would be a safe travel destination we finally decided on Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast being as it was only a couple of hours drive away.

October probably isn’t the best time in the UK to be going to the seaside. Typically for the time of year it rained off and on for most of the weekend, but we didn’t let the rain stop us exploring (raincoats, and bucket & spades were at the ready). We enjoyed our stay regardless of the weather, it was a much needed break for us.

The above photos were taken of the tide coming in on North Bay during heavy rain fall, sadly I didn’t manage to capture any decent shots of the waves crashing against beach walls. It has been a little while since I have taken any seascape photographs, so these aren’t my best work as I’m a little out of practise. The visual effect of the rain storm coming in to land from the sea looked impressive and moody, which I’m not sure I did the scene justice with these shots.

Most of the photos taken during this visit to Scarborough are of the beach, I’m saving some of my other shots for another post(s)…so stay tuned.

Strawflowers

Earlier this year we planted some Strawflowers, which I have taken various photos of during the summer. Although these are the first photos that I have shared on my website so far. These flowers have intrigued me as they are unlike most flowers that I have seen as they change appearance everyday depending on the weather. So they have provided me with endless photographic inspiration since we planted them.

Today’s rain caused their bright yellow paper-like petals to conceal their orange centres, which look amazing when the flowers are in full bloom in the sun. So far they have been very hardy plants since planting them back in the Spring. I’m hoping that they survive through Winter and continue to bloom next year. I may have to keep a look out for other varieties to add to our garden.

The COVID-19 pandemic this year has definitely made me look closer to home for photographic inspiration, and I can’t get much closer to home than our own back garden. We are slowly adding interesting flowers and plants to create our own little patch of nature to relax in. The added bonus of our own little patch of nature, apart from helping wildlife, means lots of photographic inspiration for me in the form of flowers to garden wildlife.

As we have the next two weeks off on holiday, although exploring further afield may be difficult with pandemic restrictions I’m sure I will have find at least a few opportunities to get out with my camera.

Photo Walks

Last month I read the article “How to lose weight & stay in shape while photo-walking” on the Phoblographer and it got me thinking. Although I have not been trying to lose weight, my photography has definitely led me to be more physically active this year. Slightly forced by the COVID-19 pandemic & subsequent lockdown, which limited our time outside to only grocery shopping and time for daily exercise. Now as I’m not a very sporty person (I’ll be honest I’m lazy), to make the most of our daily exercise outside we would go for walks around local parks or woodland and of course our cameras had to come with us. So it was the perfect excuse to go on photo-walks.

Squirrel: spotted on one of our photo-walks

Anyone who follows my photography can tell my favourite subjects to photograph is nature & wildlife. One of the thing that this COVID-19 pandemic has taught me, especially during lockdown is to enjoy nature and the world around us more. Our photo-walks has definitely helped our wellbeing (physical & mental).

Getting back to nature exploring parks & woodland

It’s vey rare that I go out with the intention of photographing any particular subject. I normally head out with the my camera and then see what captures my attention.

Spotted on another photo-walk

I want to try and continue with photo walks going forward. This may prove more difficult as we move in to winter and looming further pandemic lockdown restrictions we may find ourselves in. It’s a simple concept which has allowed me to spend more time on my photography and be slightly more active.

A walk in the Park: parks have provided lots of floral photography inspiration

Regardless of your style of photography, whether it’s nature or street photography, photos walks can definitely be a good source of inspiration and helps to keep you active. Especially in times of pandemic, as long as we’re all staying safe & social distancing I think it’s important to get outside (ideally once a day) and breathe in the fresh air & clear our minds.

English Lavender

Most of my photography usually involves going out exploring the world around me to find that certain “something” that captures my interest. These photos were taken a little closer to home, in our own garden in fact.

Over the past three years I’ve been growing our own little lavender patch. This year our lavender looks to have really bedded in and has produced some lovely blooms. I have tried to grow lavender (French Lavender) in the past with no success. Making the choice to plant English Lavender to add to our little expanding garden has really paid off, and of course it has given me another homegrown flower to photograph.

The small intricate flowers that make up the flower heads of the English Lavender can be a challenge to photograph. I wanted to try and achieve a soft focus to match the softness of the lavender but still capture the detail flowers. I think I have achieved this in most of the shots taken.

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