Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow – expecting rain

This is a view of Beaufront Woodhead Farmhouse looking east as storm clouds foreshadow rain above the chimneys and birds take flight.

The building is listed and even gets a brief mention in Pevsner’s The Buildings of England – Northumberland Volume 15 – on page 161: “Picturesque farmhouse of several C18 dates, with lots of reverse stepped gables.  Its complicated nature (it has five separate elevations) probably results from the sequential rebuilding of an older house”.

The left hand part of the structure, windowless at the rear, is most likely a conversion of an original fortified bastle house:

Beaufront Farmhouse(click on the image to enlarge)


  1. Malin H · August 3, 2013

    Fantastic image!
    Love the clouds above. Great composition and tones! Love the wholeness.

    • northumbrianlight · August 3, 2013

      Many thanks – glad you like it, I wasn’t sure if there was just too much going on.

      • Malin H · August 3, 2013

        I don’t think so, since you have a fine composition.

  2. mybeautfulthings · August 3, 2013

    Lovely desolate image; perfect for the Challenge. I’m having problems thinking what to do for this one! 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · August 3, 2013

      Thanks very much – I always struggle – my photo challenges are usually fairly contrived i.e. take a picture then make the words fit 🙂

      • mybeautfulthings · August 3, 2013

        You inspired me though and I have just posted the foreshadowing of a storm! You may have seen the first photo before. 🙂

  3. greenmackenzie · August 3, 2013

    Wonderful stormy shot, I love the drama of storm clouds.

    • northumbrianlight · August 3, 2013

      Many thanks Seonaid – if I am honest it looks much more threatening than it actually was….what happened next…? Nothing, the sun kept shining 🙂

  4. Tina Schell · August 3, 2013

    Wonderful capture-amazing sky! Well done 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · August 3, 2013

      Thanks Tina – the skies around here are being particularly obliging at the moment.

  5. Mary Gilmartin · August 3, 2013

    Your b/w photograph of the approaching storm gives a real sense of urgency to get indoors and away from that tree.

  6. LaVagabonde · August 3, 2013

    Love those omimous clouds.

  7. Hanne T. Fisker · August 3, 2013

    This is incredible!!! Such quiet drama in the black and white.

    • northumbrianlight · August 4, 2013

      Many thanks Hanne and thanks for taking the time to comment – much appreciated.

      • Hanne T. Fisker · August 5, 2013

        I can’t help it when I see something that makes my heart beat an extra beat 🙂

  8. Tish Farrell · August 4, 2013

    another story photo!

    • northumbrianlight · August 4, 2013

      🙂 ……. but you tell better ones

      • Tish Farrell · August 5, 2013

        No, no, no. Each to his own medium, Robin. Anyway, sometimes it’s good to leave the story untold.

      • northumbrianlight · August 5, 2013

        I have decided you are a very nice person! BTW I didn’t mention – my sister’s middle name is Gay – imagine the fun I have had with that over the years……and this just proves I am not (a nice person) 🙂

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