Stepping away from the heat generated by my last post and into the cold of a wintry Yorkshire, I returned to the town of Whitby in the hope of shooting a beautiful sunrise over the headland where the Abbey ruins are silhouetted. At this time of year the alignment means that from just out at … Continue reading On A Cold & Frosty Morning
On the many occasions that I've driven to and from Edinburgh, one of the highlights of the route is the stretch just north of Berwick, where the road follows the line of the clifftops and the untamed North Sea is close at hand. It's not in the same league as Amalfi's Nastro Azzurro for drama, … Continue reading Lodestones
Is it time for another lighthouse? Flamborough Head's position protruding into the North Sea makes it a natural location for providing guidance to passing shipping and transmitting messages along the coast, so the site may have been in use this way for nearly 2000 years. Some masonry that could have been part of a Roman … Continue reading Getting Noticed
My East Yorkshire adventure continues... After a good night's sleep in Beverley it was time for a very scenic journey north and east until I reached the coast and my next objective; Flamborough Head. Courtesy of Vera Lynn and decades of subsequent WWII nostalgia, most people associate English white cliffs with one particular location, but … Continue reading Headonist
Can I confess something to you? You might already suspect as much but I think I'm gradually becoming aware of a problem. I'm taking too many photographs. The combination of intellectual challenge in planning an image, the excitement of loading my results for viewing onto a larger screen and then the satisfaction of having produced … Continue reading Addiction? Affliction? Or Going With The Flow?
There are peninsulas and there are peninsulas. The narrowness of the fragile spit that links Spurn Head to the mainland means it is easy to stand with water visible on either side of you. Proceed south and the Head itself is more substantial, but climb to one of the highpoints and you now have a … Continue reading As far as the eye can. Sea.
Spurn Head Spit may now be significant as a natural habitat, but this sliver of shifting clay has military value too. The Humber gives access to a number of major docks (though even in total they handle but a fraction of the traffic seen on the Thames) and so for an invading force coming by … Continue reading Fort & Folly