Lights inside Barter Book Shop

Lights inside Barter Book Shop

On the day we arrived in Northumberland we had a little time to kill and my dad really wanted to take me to a place in Alnwick called “Barter Books”. Evidently it was a very interesting second hand book shop. From the outside it looks very interesting, as it was once Alnwick station so had a lot of traditional station style architecture. Inside, (apart from hundreds of old books) there was a modern railway running around on a track just above our heads. Obviously I tried to get some photographs of this but it was a little dark in the book shop so I wasn’t too happy with the results. However, at the very back of this large book shop was this interesting lighting feature on the way just crying out to be photographed. To me it looks like a sunset or sunrise, the long red lights look like rays of light coming from a centre point. I haven’t edited the colours or levels in the above image to give you a much more accurate idea of what this lighting installation actually looked like.

Boat at Seahouses, Northumberland

Boat at Seahouses, Northumberland

As I described in an early post I have a lot more interesting photographs I wish to share with you from last weeks tour around Northumberland. I ended up taking a lot of pictures in the town of Seahouses, especially around the harbour. This is where all the boats depart and arrive from the Farne Islands. There must be hundreds of people going everyday because there were dozens of boats coming in and out of the harbour full of people. Any school of photography will tell you that getting a little red into your pictures makes a massive difference, I often see portraits where the models are wearing red jumpers for example. With such a deep blue of the sea and cloudless blue sky I feel that the white of the tower to the left and white of the boat really contrast well against the colour of the water. I hope you agree.

North Nelly Moss Lake, Cragside Estate

North Nelly Moss Lake, Cragside Estate

The world’s first hydraulic electric “power station”; the world’s first installation of electric lighting; Europe’s largest rock garden and the countries largest tree can all be found at Cragside. The country house is just outside of Rothbury in Northumberland and was the home of Lord Armstrong. I did explore the area around the house and gardens but my favourite photograph from Cragside is the picture above. There are two large lakes, South and North Nelly Moss. North Nelly Moss Lake is the smaller of the two but in my opinion its more picturesque. I had to run to get this photograph as we were in a hurry due to a thunder storm rolling toward the house, if I had thought more about this photograph I would have throw a small rock or peddle into the still water to give a rippled effect, this simple touch makes a more interesting picture in a lot of respects.

Puffins on Inner Farne

Puffins on Inner Farne

After a wet and windy morning put us off the boat trip to the Farne Islands yesterday, today we made the crossing. The Farnes are a group of 15 – 20 or more islands depending on the state of the tide. They are very famous in the bird watching and nature photography communities.The boats all leave from the nearby harbour of Seahouses. We travelled about 8 miles to the Outer Farnes, mainly to see the seals and nesting Kittiwakes. Once around the Outer Farnes the boat headed back to the largest island called Inner Farne where we were able to get off the boat. Walking up the path to the main part of Inner Farne is probably what puts a lot of visitors off, thousands of Arctic Terns are nesting, literally within inches of the path and they tend to dive bomb people to protect their nests and young. One member of our party was pecked and drew blood but I think that is because he stopped to take a photograph, if you keep moving past their nests and wear a hat then you should be safe. The main reason I wanted to go to the Farne Islands was to see the Puffins, 55,000 nesting pairs on Inner Farne this year. I had never seen a puffin before but I saw hundreds today. They are small birds, like pigeons or seagulls but they nest underground, in what can only be described as rabbit holes. It’s very surreal seeing a bird swoop down, land, and then waddle along into a hole. The above photograph shows two puffins, I found it difficult to get good photographs as I don’t have a long, fast lens but I liked this picture so thought I would share the experience with you.