My former spouse was one for frequently bemoaning the weather we experienced on the North East coast; it was always warmer inland, or drier in the South, that sort of thing. Personally I loved the coast in all weathers so was happier with my meteorological lot, but even so this was a week in which those in the North and East must surely have been relieved to be here. Britain has been lashed by storms from the South and West, with homes hit by power cuts after high winds, floods after heavy rains, and lives lost as spectators have been swept out to sea by waves magnified by a combination of high tides and gales.
We’ve had our fair share of rain in our corner of the UK, but have been relatively unaffected by the storms.
If I’m honest, I would have love the opportunity to photograph some of the gargantuan seas, but our shores remained calm. Nevertheless, my passion for seascapes reawakened by my recent trip up the Northumbrian coastline, I was drawn back to St Mary’s Island, near Whitley Bay. I’ll blog more tomorrow about the nearby Seaton Delaval Hall that was my main objective, but couldn’t resist the chance to combine sky, sea, and structure while in the area.
Perhaps the wind brought me back.
Somewhere a Queen is weeping,
Somewhere a King has no wife.
And the wind it cries Mary.
Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary.