Penshaw Monument at dawn

Another early morning session with the camera. Due to the changing in seasons it wasn’t too early to get out a see another beautiful sunrise.  For days I’ve been looking at sunrise times, checking the weather and looking where I can get to that fits in around my day job.

Today this all panned out to pay a quick trip to the top of Penshaw Monument, ok well not to the absolute top as it was too early for the National trust volunteers to be about plus that wasn’t what I was aiming for.  My aim was to get a shot of the sunrise through the column of the monument.  Do to the slight variance in the angle of the sunrise and column it was off by maybe few degrees.  I will hopefully get back in a few days and get the angle right before the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Herrington Country Park Early Walk

Another Early morning walk.  I love being out of the house really early in the morning before the rest of Sunderland.

This morning was spent around Herrington Country Park one of the largest parks in Sunderland and overlooked by Penshaw Monument, Herrington Country Park offers walks and cycle trails, environmental sculptures.

Being out so early I always hope for a chance to see some wildlife that normally hides away.  Today I was lucky enough to see a little frog hopping across the path and what I believe a to be a Kestrel but I didn’t have my 300mm lens attached so it’s hard to identify.  Please feel to comment or email me if you can identify the bird.

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Durham Coast National Nature Reserve

A rare day off with nothing to do other than walk and take photos and relax.

I had been recently informed of a small piece of beach near me at Chilton.  What drew me to heading over there was the possibility of seeing some little terns that have been nesting and rearing their young.

The section of the beach where the terns are occupying is fully fenced off to protect the birds.  I had never seen a little tern so close but taking pictures of them was more difficult than I had anticipated.  with my mono-pod 70-300mm Sigma lens I had hoped to capture a few crisp clear images.  Out of the nearly 300 images I managed to capture a few nice images.  I did however come to the realisation that the Sigma lens despite its years of trusty service is not fast enough when focusing to truly capture such fast flying birds.

I was however able to grab some other images with my trusty 24-70mm F2.8 Tamron lens that I’m more than happy with please have a look and enjoy.  Feel free to comment or contact me.

A Trip to Snape

During a visit to Ipswich a small drive took me to a beautiful area of Suffolk called Snape Maltings.

Snape Maltings on the banks of the River Alde at Snape is a set of converted buildings from a barely malting which was used in the brewing of beer.  Now the converted buildings are better known as an arts complex best known for its concert hall, which is one of the main sites of the annual Aldeburgh Festival.

Given more time and I would have loved to walk around the Alde Estuary which is known locally for the abundance of wildlife.

The few pictures i’ve captured may not impress with the beauty of the area but despite the gloom of the day it was so peaceful and beautiful.

I’ve included the below map so you can get an idea of the beauty of the area.  If you are ever nearby pay it a visit you won’t regret it.