Northumberland in mono …

… by now these images should show hints of springtime colour but Northumberland, for the most part, remains determinedly black and white.  To quote Joan Didion, we live entirely by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the “ideas” with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.  Put simply, March, and now the beginnings of April, do not fit my narrative line.  I have put 498 miles on the Yamaha since January 1st and squeezed five rounds of golf between the snow showers. Every mile and every fairway I have been clobbered up to the nines with multiple layers and thermals.  Enough is enough – let’s skip spring and go straight to summer:

Sandhoe in the snow

Snow and frozen puddle – on the road to Fawcett Hill

Afternoon light, Beaufront Woodhead

Up the hill to Beaufront Woodhead

Under March skies

The wrong line

St John’s, Whitfield

Misty morning, Beaufront Woodhead

Misty morning, Beaufront Woodhead

Hexham in heavy rain

Stublick Chimney

Towards Branchend

To emphasise the point, these last two images were taken today, 1st April. I was on the way to Allendale Golf Club to take part in the first competition of the year – it soon became evident this was not a practical proposition. I turned around 😦


  1. harrienijland · April 1, 2018

    Wonderful set!

  2. J.D. Riso · April 1, 2018

    I totally hear you. This winter has been eternal. We got more snow here yesterday, too, and temps will be near freezing for at least another week. Love the images, though, especially the blue-tinted road to infinity photo.

    • northumbrianlight · April 1, 2018

      Many thanks Julie – it’s interminable isn’t it. I shouldn’t shout too load – I was away on a three day golf tour last weekend on the Yorkshire coast. We remained dry throughout and there was sunshine on the last day. Paying for it now though – more snow forecast here as well tomorrow 🙂

  3. northie · April 1, 2018

    I love the ‘Afternoon light’ one in particular – the bare outlines of the trees. Church architecture in Northumberland is often simple, spare and moving. I know the scene in Hexham very well. Thanks for these, and yes, better weather soon!

    • northumbrianlight · April 1, 2018

      Many thanks for stopping by and the generous comments. I complain about the weather but it has been a photographer’s delight – less so for the biker and golfer 🙂

  4. Sue · April 1, 2018

    We’re these images in colour, I think we would still see a monochrome season….

    • northumbrianlight · April 1, 2018

      Exactly so Sue – hard pushed to tell the original RAW colour images from the mono processed versions in some instances.

  5. datz · April 2, 2018

    Lovely set, it has been a very long winter and as I type, yep, it’s snowing here in north Northumberland!

  6. restlessjo · April 3, 2018

    Enough IS enough, Robin. But I’ve just found time to look at your photos and they’re wonderful. 🙂 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · April 3, 2018

      Indeed Jo, the weather gods have had their laugh, it’s time to move on. Glad you like the photos – the upside is that it has all been very photogenic 🙂

  7. nickreeves · January 7, 2020

    Some really awe-inspiring images. Many thanks for sharing & best of luck to you.

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