Time to Go..

View from the Beach, 2020

“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.”

from “Little Gidding”, T.S. Eliot

I have decided to end this photoblog, it ran for 11 years in various forms but as they say, “All good things come to an end”.

From the begining, it was a place where I shared pictures of the odd things which I found – thank you for visiting my corner of the Interweb – and the insights which you shared.

Take it easy!

Sunbeams, Shoreham Beach

Sunbeams, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex – September 2020

A photograph from the end of last summer. It is a bit “decorative” or new age book cover’ish (“The Wisdom of Pebbles”) – but I still quite like it.

And I took it with the simplest camera I own. There is probably a lesson in there somewhere.

Empty Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea

Empty Beach, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex – May 2021

“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky…”

Sorry, I thought I would start with a bit of John Masefield. 🙂

This photo is only a couple of weeks old, but the now weather has shifted from “sort-of-summer” to “definitely summer”. So it is long gone (although it isn’t).

When I lived here 40 years ago, I was always disappointed that the sea looked green rather than the blue you see in films. And I wished the shingle was sand. But now, I’m glad that it isn’t: the green is rather pleasing and the waves hiss when they strike the pebbles!

Spring, Shoreham-by-Sea

Blossoms, Shoreham-by-Sea – March 2021

One of the better things about not working, has been the opportunity to spend more time outside taking in the passing seasons. I know some people love winter, but I have say, I’m more of a spring person. It could be a Christian thing, but I suspect, it is just about looking forward to the summer.

Looking Towards Brighton, Shoreham Beach – Marh 2021

Anyway, after a few hints here and there, I think spring has finally arrived. As you can see, I went to the beach, which close to me – and it was warm – and yes, some brave souls went in for a dip!

Looking Towards Worthing, Shoreham Beach – March 2021

But, being spring of course, the weather is really changeable: next week the forecast is for snow!

Which is your favourite season?

Dog on the Beach, West Sussex

Dog on the Beach, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex December 2020

After what has seemed like weeks of rain, yesterday, we had a few hours of sunshine, so I went to the beach. It was warm enough to sit on the pebbles and watch the waves for a couple of hours, so pretty mild for mid-December.

In the photo, the sea looks much flatter than it was, every so often there would be some quite large waves which arrived with a crash.

And then, large clouds formed and the sunshine stopped. Time to return to the car and drive home.

Thanksgiving, Shoreham Beach

Swimmers, Shoreham Beach November 2020

I was going to write about life on the beach – but then I noticed the date – and decided that I would write about Thanksgiving instead.

In the UK we tend to slowly take on things from the US – liablity lawyers, Adam Sandler – all the good stuff. But I do think we should get the British Museum to borrow Thanksgiving from the US and forget to return it – or take molds from it so we can cast our own.

I think in the UK we do lots of things well, but if we had this holiday, it would help us to recognise them too and then maybe when New Year’s Day comes around we wouldn’t feel quite so down.

In a moment I will go for a late night walk and think about things I should be grateful for – what would you choose?

Kite Surfers, Shoreham Beach

View of the Sea, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex – Friday, 23rd October 2020

Although the morning started with glorious blue skies, by the time I got the beach it was clouding over. Looking along the beach towards Worthing, there were menacing rain clouds and a steady breeze. And there were also lots of kite surfers out, racing back and forth on the waves. I think I was on the beach for an hour or so, but you can see how the light chnaged in that time. And then the light went. So I had to withdraw to my car 🙂

Kite Surfers, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex – Friday, 23rd October 2020

One of the kite surfers had seen me taking photos – so here some are! I had my small camera with me, so mostly fairly scenic pictures. Next time I come, I will bring a bigger camera and get a few more details!

Kite Surfers in the Shallows – Friday, 23rd October 2020
Kite Surfers, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex – Friday, 23rd October 2020

My father has an expression,”If you don’t play the game, you can’t win!”. And I think it applies to this situation quite well: I don’t really have the right camera for this – but I gave it a go.

I took these photos with a Sony RX-100, a very compact camera with a 1″ sensor because I had originally only intended to go for a walk with my wife. Somethings I think it did well: the exposures look fine and I was able to zoom in and out ok. But really for beach photography, you need more reach to isolate the subjects better – which is why these photos are a little “scenic”. The other thing I found myself wanting was a viewfinder, because the screen wasn’t always easy to see. And that was it. I liked that the lens was fixed, because the last place you want to change lenses is on a beach (I am still working on a DSLR which has a stubornly dirty sensor). And the camera was pretty responsive for a “casual” kind of camera.