Blaenau Ffestiniog

Snowdonia – a week of grey skies and mists and just two days of lovely sunshine – watching the dawn from the skylight window looking over the hills to the north east. The ‘mist’ in the valley in the foreground is really just the vapour from the condensing boiler but I thought it added something good to that dark space.

Sunrise at Ffestiniog

Looking away to the north west, just visible – a flock of white birds chasing away the black birds.

Angry Birds at Dawn

Back again to the north east the sun finally lighting up all the details of the valleys and trees through the mist.

Misty sunrise at Ffestiniog

Colour – Red

A week in North Wales – grey and misty weather but red seems to appear in almost all of my photographs.

Melin Pant-yr-Ynn, Blaenau Ffestiniog

Red window at Melin Pant-yr-Ynn, Blaenau Ffestiniog

The water wheel in motion

Waterwheel turning at Melin Pant-yr-Ynn, Blaenau Ffestiniog

Sunrise over Manod Mawr near Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

Sunrise at Ffestiniog

The Japanese Pagoda in Portmerion

Red painted Japanese Pagoda at Portmerion

Slate gate posts and red-painted iron gate in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Red iron gate at Blaenau Ffestiniog

Reminded me of a similarly grey day in December in Northumberland on the quayside at Amble Harbour

Red buoys at Amble Harbour

And this lovely old door – maybe it was really red long ago

Red painted door in Warkworth


I do really enjoy photographing shadows  . . .

Shadows on a ploughed field

Taken with an iPhone on the train to Edinburgh

Shadow on Chichester cathedral cloister

Chichester Cathedral

Shadows on a lawn at Chichester

Wrought iron gate, old red brick, shadows on grass – add a picnic – perfect, except its February and about 4˚C.

Chichester cathedral seen through cloister arches

Shadow from the tower falling over wet sand in Portmerion

Portmerion, North wales – designed by he architect Clough Williams-Ellis


The staircase in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – Ellis Williams Architects, is statisfyingly industrial with its embossed and perforated sheet steel. The only colour – a single wall on each landing painted in an identifying colour.

The entrance has unpainted rusting cladding.

Dull December weather in Canvey Island, Essex but this rust patterned concrete flood defence and steps is a pleasing arrangement of stripes and angles.

Canvey Island – the beach in winter

Canvey Island Tea Shop

Colour 3

Reflections and shadows –  blue to turns green and pink picking up reflected colours from the water and the deck – which is pink in the shade but almost orange in full sun. The canal at the Hepworth Wakefield.

Pink flourescent lighting in the cafe at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead looked particularly good on the white beard.

The Millenium Bridge across the Tyne at Gateshead – the arch lit with colours that slowly change through the spectrum. f/1.8 1/200 ISO 1600 50mm

Lindisfarne on a cold damp dull day – the local stone is defiantly pink on such a grey day