I will admit to be a little slow on the blogs. However, I did just go to Northumberland in September and at least the follow up is still in this year. That being said. The guide book “The Photographers Guide to Northumberland” is well worth the purchase price. We had a Garmin and could put in the postal codes listed on the pages which helped tremendously. Plus, on a photography trip adventure is always the key to the exploration.
The Duddo Stone Circle has a fantastic view of the country side. One of those big, wide open views that makes you just want to stand and look for awhile. Normally, I have flown a long way to get to this spot and stand and see a world thousands of years older than me. I just like to soak in the views and place them in my memory. That is what Duddo did for me. Maybe not a world shattering shot but a step back in time and slowing down of my world.
Next, a memory maker was the the Edlingham over look. This spot is right on the road and quite a view indeed. Luckily, we caught just enough light to add some drama to the moody day. The weather was changeable as always and the view better than you see a lot of places in the world. Plus, that streak of Heather with the remaining color pops in the sea of green. I just feel my heart expand as it looks over the field. I feel the freedom can you?
The list goes on and on. Church Hill is harder for us to find at first but when we find the right road it made sense. We had a 4 wheel drive vehicle so driving to it isn’t to bad. If you don’t I wouldn’t recommend it because the road is pretty bumpy. The view again spectacular with the town across the bay, boats in the harbor, sand and grass dunes. It doesn’t disappoint. Was the sky perfect-no but on trips like this you only get one day to go somewhere and maybe less than an hour in one place. Just take the shot.
Lindisfarne Castle is an imposing figure along the water and we stayed in Seacastles so we could take advantage of a central location. Dogs were everywhere with their owners- I mean everywhere, there wasn’t a day we didn’t see at least a dozen happily taking their owners out for a walk. I think for an easy, rambling kind of vacation Northumberland suits me just fine. So much to do for photography it is more of a matter of what do I want to do today.
I used my Fuji Xt2 on this trip because I wanted something easy to carry. Overall the camera didn’t disappoint and I am happy with the photos I took. I packed light so I could get in and get out of each location without a fuss. I even brought the Manfroto be free tripod with me to save weight. All the equipment worked well.
So, yes the guide book for me was a success. The drives in the countryside and the views of life an 8 hour flight away from mine were priceless.