Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

This is the place we in inhabit and out of habit we will travel this road almost daily, on four wheels, two wheels or on foot.  The road leads down the hill from Beaufront Woodhead to Hexham and it goes on forever.  At this time of year it wears a layer of agricultural muck, not a particular problem in the car except when you come to clean it, mildly irritating on foot and potentially lethal on a Ducati.  Today, out of habit, I have travelled this road both on foot (for these photographs) and on two motorised wheels…….very gingerly.HabitIn the spirit of a previous challenge, this is the same shot, two ways.  Click on the image to enlarge and see if you can spot Hexham Abbey:Habit


  1. JALBN 2.0 Ishmael Received · November 9, 2013

    That’s mesmerising 😀 I love the blotting of colour in the road…

    • northumbrianlight · November 9, 2013

      Many thanks – it is a subtle dig at the farmer 🙂 – I know we are in the country and they have to spread their muck but some attempt to clean up afterwards would be appreciated. It can have disastrous consequences on a motorbike.

  2. meticulousmick · November 9, 2013

    Nice area. MM 🍀

    • northumbrianlight · November 9, 2013

      Yes, we are lucky Mick, except I wish Hexham was on the coast 🙂

  3. Jo · November 9, 2013

    Gorgeous photograph.

  4. seeker · November 9, 2013

    I bet it look gorgeous in living colour. Love the long road.

    • northumbrianlight · November 9, 2013

      I think you are right, particularly as the sun was shining for once 🙂

  5. greenmackenzie · November 9, 2013

    What a beautiful sky……hanging over wonderful rolling landscape. What a beautiful place to live…..and of course you have wonderful light in your part of the country 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · November 9, 2013

      Thanks Seoniad, it was a grand morning with wonderful light 🙂 Not half as bright later on though.

  6. Mark Kertesz · November 9, 2013

    I would love to make this drive a “habit” of mine. This photo really gives me a sense of how wonderful this place appears to be

    • northumbrianlight · November 10, 2013

      Many thanks Mark and thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  10. LaVagabonde · November 10, 2013

    Looks like it could be rather precarious if icy.

    • northumbrianlight · November 10, 2013

      A remarkably prescient comment Julie – we had our first really hard frost overnight and this morning the road would have been perfect for ice skating – not so clever in a car with fat low-profile tyres though.

  11. restlessjo · November 10, 2013

    I didn’t realise you lived in such an isolated spot. I love the drama of your photos, and the individual take on the challenge. A clear bright Autumn morning down here today, so enjoy it 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · November 10, 2013

      Thanks Jo – we are very lucky living in a rural setting but within two miles of either Hexham or Corbridge. A couple of times last year we had to walk into Hexham and back because of the snow, but at least it can be done if necessary.

  12. Malin H · November 10, 2013

    These images make me think of one of my favourites songs with Chris Rea… “The Road to Hell”. Not that this is the road to hell… 😉
    Beautiful images, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · November 10, 2013

      A great man is Chris Rea – really like Road to Hell but my all time favourite is Stainsby Girls. Our next door neighbour, Helen, is the real thing – an ex-Stainsby Grammar School girl:

      Some girls used to kiss and run
      Never knew what they had done
      Some girls always wasted time
      Keep you hanging on the line
      Some loved horses and always stayed at home
      But the Stainsby girls loved the Rolling Stones

      Thanks for your consistently kind comments.

  13. mybeautfulthings · November 10, 2013

    Lovely photos especially the long road in the portrait version – is it a trick of the light or the B&W that makes the road seem longer in that one. I’ve been having trouble with this challenge, now you’ve given me an idea and from today’s photos! Thank you! 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · November 10, 2013

      It feels good to inspire 🙂 Maybe the portrait version leads you in better than the landscape version.

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