Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

We should have been somewhere entirely different but circumstance and the elements placed us here, on the north Yorkshire coast.  I was not entirely disappointed; this coast lacks the grandeur and the spectacular reflected light of the far northwest but if the landscape is shrouded in highland mist then you only have your memories to call on.

Whilst the weather remained benign we walked the Cleveland Way, north from Runswick Bay to Staithes and south from Robin Hood’s Bay to Ravenscar.  Much of the coastal section of this 110 mile trail is cliff-edged and the views go on forever.  On the clear-skied days we tramped our way north and south, the skies, the sea and even the land appeared infinite, the few people that appeared, wholly insignificant, walking shadows:
Near Runswick BayStaithesRobin Hood's BayNear Robin Hood's BayNear Staithes

(click on the images to enlarge)

Only time goes on forever which is just an excuse for inserting some more Tom Waits. This was the track (Time) that crept into the recent episode of Peaky Blinders – a perfect marriage:


  1. Otrazhenie · October 12, 2013

    Beautiful images 🙂

  2. Culturefor · October 12, 2013

    Beatiful Post…I love your photos and also the song

    • Culturefor · October 12, 2013


      • northumbrianlight · October 12, 2013

        “Beatiful” is good too 🙂 Very kind and thanks for taking the time to look and comment.

  3. LaVagabonde · October 12, 2013

    There’s something breathtaking about fields that reach beyond the horizon. Beautiful images, as usual. Are these edited with Topaz?

    • northumbrianlight · October 12, 2013

      Many thanks for the generous comments JDR. The originals are jpegs from a Nikon D600 (complete with oil spots on the sensor removed in Photoshop- another story). I then use OnOne’s Perfect B&W + 20th Century Classic filter “Ansel in the Valley” – so easy to get good results it feels like cheating.

  4. Tish Farrell · October 12, 2013

    Wonderful vistas and Tom Waits too – great post, Robin

  5. SeniSilat · October 12, 2013


  6. Chris Breebaart · October 12, 2013

    great work

  7. Amar Naik · October 12, 2013

    nice views

  8. sustainabilitea · October 12, 2013

    And thanks for reminding me of Tom Waits.


  9. janaline's world journey · October 12, 2013

    Stunning photos for this challenge!

    • northumbrianlight · October 12, 2013

      Many thanks Janaline – for once I did not raid the archive 🙂

  10. meticulousmick · October 12, 2013

    The last one does it for me….MM 🍀

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  14. zark66 · October 12, 2013

    Amaizing photos, Robin! Congratulations. 🙂 Tom Waits is great! Just in this moment I was listening a Tom Wait´s song but the singer is Solveig Slettahjell. I think it´s an incredible versión:

    • northumbrianlight · October 13, 2013

      Many thanks – that is a fabulous interpretation of Take it With Me.

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  16. jaime perez · October 13, 2013

    Wondeful post Robin; magnificent captures and post edition, great B&W result, I love it. However, it is my appretiation that, in every picture, the sky and the ground compete to be the subject or protagonist of the photo. Why not trying to give preference to one of them at a time?!

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  18. evi · October 13, 2013

    wow, those pictures are great!

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  20. Nicholas Herbert · October 15, 2013

    Brilliant, brilliant images!

    • northumbrianlight · October 15, 2013

      Many thanks for the very generous comment Nicholas.

      • Nicholas Herbert · October 17, 2013

        They really took my breath away, it was like I was actually there. That doesn’t happen often. Best, Nicholas.

  21. maryqkaca · October 17, 2013

    Wonderful images! And special like for Tom Waits! I love him!

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  23. Photography Journal Blog · October 18, 2013

    I missed this when you first posted it, but I really like it.

  24. Meanderer · November 3, 2013

    I ‘liked’ this post when I first saw it, but on a second viewing the first image really strikes me. Wonderful!

    • northumbrianlight · November 3, 2013

      Many thanks, glad you liked it. I was lucky – this was taken beyond the sea wall at Staithes – this ‘landscape’ disappears at high tide.

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