Travel theme: Sweet

In the days when work dominated our lives, summer was a time for holidays and ‘escape’. This invariably meant travelling to distant places in June and July, perversely, leaving Northumberland behind when at its best.  In recent years this has been less of a problem, the rain falling incessantly, week after week, but this year has been different, we have stayed at home and sweet summer has arrived.  The climate feels almost Tuscan with a gentle warm wind blowing from the west, a precursor to the arrival of heavy rains overnight.  The mornings rise in a clear bright light shining through a rain washed sky – why would we want to be anywhere else:

Sweet Summer(click on image to enlarge).


  1. Brian Hughes · July 31, 2013

    Oddly enough, my parents always go to Northumbria every summer.

    • northumbrianlight · July 31, 2013

      Very wise people – a lovely place (when the sun is shining)

      • Brian Hughes · July 31, 2013

        I’ve asked them a number of times why they don’t actually sell up and move there, seeing as they’re both retired. But my mum’s excuse is that she wouldn’t want to spoil it.

      • northumbrianlight · July 31, 2013

        Probably sensible – the NE winters can be fairly harsh compared to the NW

  2. ilargia64 · July 31, 2013

    Beautiful landscape!!! The lines are perfect!!!

    • northumbrianlight · July 31, 2013

      Many thanks – I saw them and had to rush home and get the camera.

      • ilargia64 · July 31, 2013

        I have had that experience!!!!:)

  3. Tish Farrell · July 31, 2013

    This such a perfect image, Robin. Love the depth of view; the tracks through the grass are slightly mysterious, but in a good way – as if there’s something even more splendid waiting beyond the horizon. Everything is colluding to draw you to that place – the clouds, the trees. I do admire the narrative impulse that infuses your compositions.

    • northumbrianlight · July 31, 2013

      Very many thanks Tish – such kind and generous words. I saw those tracks and rushed home to get the camera, fortunately only a few hundred yards from where we live.

  4. Liana · July 31, 2013


  5. tgeriatrix · July 31, 2013

    Beautiful image – time for holidays, time to relax!

  6. greenmackenzie · July 31, 2013

    Just back from a wonderful Northumbrian week filled with sunshine, clouds and rain only at night while we slept 🙂 its such a beautiful part of the world

    • northumbrianlight · July 31, 2013

      Whereabouts did you stay?

      • greenmackenzie · July 31, 2013

        We stayed in Wooler and travelled about, from top to bottom and east to west:-)

      • northumbrianlight · August 1, 2013

        A nice part of the county and convenient for touring around. I love Wooler’s ‘mountain top’ golf course – something of a cardiac stress test :-). Glad the weather was kind, sounds the same pattern as further south.

  7. Malin H · July 31, 2013

    I really like this. I recommend everyone to enlarge. Beautiful faces and figures in the clouds. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · July 31, 2013

      Many thanks, it is surprising what you can find up in the sky 🙂

      • Malin H · July 31, 2013

        I know. I love clouds and the expressions you can find in them.

  8. Mark Kertesz · July 31, 2013

    This is a beautiful landscape shot and I love the fact that i’s in monochrome. Also, they are indeed excellent clouds.

    • northumbrianlight · August 1, 2013

      Many thanks Mark, the clouds were being particularly obliging/creative that day.

  9. rabirius · August 2, 2013

    Wonderful composition.

    • northumbrianlight · August 2, 2013

      Many thanks Rabirius – the clouds were very obliging that day 🙂

  10. Graham Stephen · August 4, 2013

    I like the lead-in lines vanishing off towards the clouds

    • northumbrianlight · August 4, 2013

      Thanks Graham – we have some obliging farmers around these parts 🙂

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