Beach at Pula, Sardinia, Italy

Beach at Pula, Sardinia, Italy

After a week of putting up with archive photos, and a month of lesser images whilst I saved money I can now announce I spent the last week in Sardinia, a large Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. I was lucky enough to stay in the fantastic Sant’ Efis Hotel in the town of Pula on the south east coast. The hotel was on the beach, (behind some palm trees) and this is the view from Nora looking back toward the hotel. I have had an amazing week of eating, sunbathing and photography. Many more photographs of Sardinia will follow.

Rocky Shore near Craster, Northumberland

Rocky Shore near Craster, Northumberland

One of the greatest small (under an hour) walks along the Northumberland coast, is from the beautiful fishing village of Craster north to Dunstanburgh Castle. It took me a good couple of hours because I walked along the rocky shore photographing the rock pools and trying to get more interesting angles for photographs of the castle. About half way along the shore I came across this large piece of drift wood. There are no trees within sight of there so it must have been washed up by the sea. Once I had taken the photo, I looked at the LCD monitor on the back on the camera and saw a big white thing. When looking closely at the view I saw a massive plastic water bottle. My first thought was “Photoshop it out” but then I thought, no I want to re-take this picture. I put down the camera and climbed over the rocks to get rid of the litter by hand. I’m glad I did, because if I hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t have gone to the trouble of digitally removing it and therefore never would have published this photograph.

Blackpool Beach, North Pier and Tower

Blackpool Beach, North Pier and Tower

It felt like the first day of summer last Saturday, sitting on the beach next to central pier in Blackpool. I had never seen the beach so crowded, it was brilliant. The photo above shows North Pier with Blackpool Tower to the far right. The tide was out, the sun was out and the beautiful girls were out too. Behind me as I took this photograph were three models in bikinis with ice creams having their photograph taken (presumably for some magazine or Blackpool related advert). I was tempted to ask if I could also take pictures but thought the photographer seem very busy, so I left them to it. You will just have to imagine this picture with three bikini models in the foreground and that’s pretty much the scene the other guy was taking pictures of. Some photographers have all the fun!

Blackpool Tower Shadow on the Beach with North Pier

Blackpool Tower Shadow on the Beach with North Pier

I had a fantastic day yesterday, exploring the town and taking photos, but I couldn’t come to Blackpool without going up the Tower. I had been up it before (more than once in fact) but this was when I was much younger. I was very put off by the price of a ticket – £15 each for an adult! To be fair this includes a look around their aquarium, ballroom and even a circus (but we didn’t have the time to go to the next showing). I just wish they had had a cheaper ticket for just going up the tower and that’s it. Still it was another beautiful day and the views from the top were fantastic. I couldn’t make out the Beetham Tower but I did get great views over the whole town. I took a lot of photos, but thought I would share this one as I thought it was a little different from the usual “tourist” images you see captured from the top of the tower. I really love the way the shadow leads the eye into the photograph and towards the North Pier.