Newhaven Harbour in the storm

Newhaven Harbour in the storm

I went out on Sunday morning to attempt to photograph the storm waves battering the shoreline. Although it wasn’t raining, the sea spray was so strong that my camera lens was immediately too wet to take photographs. It was worth the trip anyway. The shore was crowded with people wanting to witness the power or the sea.

I tried again the next morning, with the sky clear and bright. I was rewarded with one of the most beautiful views of the sea that I have ever seen. The sun had just risen and was casting a low light across the water. The glow of it sparkled across the surface while throwing deep shadows behind the waves.

On one side of the breakwater, three surfers were catching the big rollers coming smoothly into shore. On the other side, the water was a turmoil of huge waves, bright white foam and spray blown by the blasting wind into delicate feathers. I sat on the beach for a long time, feeling elated. When I got home, I realised that my face was covered in salt from the sea spray.

I struggled to decide which photo of the storm to use today, so do take a look at the others here and let me know if you think I chose the right one. All my landscape photos can be found here as well.

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In celebration of the winter solstice

In celebration of the winter solstice

Tomorrow is the turning point when the days finally start to lengthen and the night-times begin to get shorter. In our part of the world, on the south coast of England, the winter solstice has just shy of 8 hours between sunrise and sunset. When it is grey and wet, which it currently seems to be much of the time, this can feel even shorter.

At this pivotal time, when the northern hemisphere starts to head towards spring, I give you a beach at sunset, covered with a dusting of snow. I took this last week when my 36 hours on Cape Cod coincided with a most beautiful snow fall.

Towards the end of the day, the clouds cleared as the sun set into the bay, turning the snow pink. As we headed home from our walk, an enormous full moon rose up over the white hills in front of us. I felt so lucky to be a witness to the transition of this beautiful day turning into night. You can find more of my landscape photographs here.

Wishing you all a bright and positive Solstice, a Christmas spent with loved ones and healthy, happy and fulfilling New Year.

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Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

It is a day to celebrate sharing a meal with those you love, plain and simple. The one key element of the dinner is, of course, the humble cranberry. Native to New England, they are still found growing wild in the Cape Cod landscape, in bogs that turn a vibrant red in the autumn. Here are some I picked earlier.

You can find more of my landscape photographs here, of both my past home in New England, and my current one in Sussex.

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Storm waves in Newhaven

Storm waves in Newhaven

Yet again, here is a watery photo of the week. Last Friday I heard there would be large waves in Newhaven so I set out to track them down. Conditions were terrible for photographing. It was pouring with rain, making it nearly impossible to see through either my glasses or my lens, the sky was dark and the wind was fierce. But the waves were spectacular, which made it all worthwhile.

I love when photography can show us what the naked eye is unable to see. Catching this wave hitting the pier portrays water that looks more like a solid than a liquid, and gives us an inkling of the force that must be pushing against that sea wall. You can see more of my landscape photographs here.

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Turning of the seasons

Turning of the seasons

This week’s photo is from my morning row last Monday. In contrast to my summer solstice dawn row, which took place at 4am, this was 7am on Piddinghoe Pond, under an extraordinary sky.

Although it is easy to lament the shortening days and lengthening nights, I love the turning of the seasons. Maybe it is in my blood from my New England childhood of extreme seasonal weather changes.

There is a particular quality of sunlight in Autumn that I find exhilarating and somehow also tinged with nostalgia. I think it is because I know I should be outside in it before the light continues its change and becomes the dark of winter. You can see more of my landscape photographs here.

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Summer solstice sunrise sea row

Summer solstice sunrise sea row

Welcome to Photo of the Week, here to brighten up your inbox.

I hope every one of you had a good Summer solstice. In my last blog post I was heading out bright and early the following day for a sunrise row on the sea. It is pitch dark at 3.30am in June, but there was a faint glow towards the east by the time I had driven the short distance to Newhaven, where we were launching the boat.

We set out shortly after the huge Dieppe ferry arrived at 4am. It towered above us as we headed for the harbour mouth. After rowing for months on a lake (it’s just a large pond, really) and a couple of times on the river, I was shocked by how different if felt to row at sea.

The large swells lifted and moved the boat in unexpected ways, at times making the oars sink too deeply into the water, and at others, push nothing but air. Outside the harbour our gig boat felt small and insignificant in the open water.

That’s the moon hanging above the harbour breakwater in the rosey dawn glow before the 4.15 sunrise. In case you are wondering, it was completely worth the lack of sleep to be out there on the water to experience this. And yes, I did follow up the row with a swim, two swims actually, one after the row and one as the sun set at 9.15pm. You can see more photos of this sunrise row and other gig rowing photos here and more of my landscape photographs here.

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AWARD-WINNING: I am very pleased to announce that my photograph of the Stephen Lawrence Trust Centre came second place in its category at the Event Photography Awards 2019. You can read more about it here.

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