Earlier in the week I went up to Grovely woods, taking my 2 year-old son there for a walk. I grabbed a quick shot whilst I was up there, but wanted to return again to the woods. This evening, I went back to the patch of woods that I was at earlier in the week and got this image. Again, time was not on my side (a common thing with three young children aged 6 and under)!
As a person who grew up by the sea, I have a very special affinity for it. Boats, more precisely, wooden boat building also is a very large part of my childhood. I have numerous memories of sailing, fishing for mackerel and generally faffing about on the coast. Some of my most memorable experiences of growing up in Cornwall are of listening to the sea at night from my bed. The rhythm of the waves breaking onto the beach, then rolling back out was very calming at night. I never slept with the window closed, if I could help it.
When there was a storm the Atlantic was particularly noisy and dramatic sounding. Sometimes, when I went to the coast in the morning, I would see large sections of the cliff had fallen away during the night. Often, the storm would continue during the day. It was a thrilling sight, but also one that was very dangerous if you got too close to the waterfront in such conditions.
I took this shot a few months ago when I had a brief (but nice!) spell in which I got up for the sunrise. This particular morning, back in April, I arrived after an hour’s drive to find that the weather was grey and dull. However, converting the image to monochrome and using a long exposure time (with the assistance of a 10-stop neutral density filter) helped to create a more dramatic image. It was a bonus that the clouds were travelling in such a way that they seem to converge above Clavell tower on the headland.
I went for a short walk this evening in the fields near to where I live. I just managed to catch the end of the sunset. As I was just out for a walk I didn’t really have the time to set up a thoughtfully composed image. However, I like the resulting panoramic all the same as the sky was very dramatic after a day of rain (click on image for larger version).
I took this shot tonight under the moonlight at Woodhenge. I didn’t take the right equipment with me and I am not keen on the photograph, but I think that the location has potential under different conditions (may be with a new moon on a clear night). I will return to the place again to see if I can get the image that I have in my mind.
Dark skies festival
In 2016 the South Downs National Park became the world’s newest dark sky reserve. To celebrate this, the park is holding a dark skies festival (click the link to go the website) to mark this achievement. The festival is being held over the half-term between Friday 10th February and Sunday 26th February. It has a number of family events arranged. I am hoping that we will get to some of the events as it looks good.