Out and about …

… in deepest Northumberland.  Another series of monos from recent walks and motorcycle journeys. The first set is from Colt Crag Reservoir – from Wiki – The reservoir was built at the end of the 19th century for the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company. The reservoir forms part of a series of reservoirs along the A68 which are connected by tunnels and aqueducts from Catcleugh Reservoir to Whittle Dene from where drinking water is supplied to Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, and some surrounding areas.

In the image of the Boat House the bird in flight is a house martin – again from Wiki – One of Colt Crag’s main attractions are the great crested grebes, and there is also a colony of 20-30 pairs of house martins that return each year to nest under the eaves of the boathouse.

Three small figures in a landscape

The Boat House

The Dam


The second set is from Bewcastle, a place I last visited in March 2018.  On that occasion I was riding a Yamaha MT-09 Tracer.  This time I was on a BMW 1250 GS and there has been an F850 GS in between.  Do I possibly have a problem 😉

Bewcastle Cross

St Cuthbert’s Church


  1. Pit · June 4, 2020

    I love your composition in “The Dam”.

    • northumbrianlight · June 5, 2020

      Thanks Pit, I liked the shape of that overflow as soon as I saw it – reminded me of the Arena di Verona 😉

  2. jef62 · June 4, 2020

    Great photos.

  3. restlessjo · June 4, 2020

    Crystal clear, Robin 🙂 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · June 5, 2020

      Thanks Jo 🙂 Has the easing of lockdown improved things for you?

      • restlessjo · June 5, 2020

        Much more able to go out and about now, Robin, though masks are a tiresome fact of life in covered spaces. Enough to put me off shopping for life, and I never was very keen anyway. 🙂 🙂

  4. J.D. Riso · June 5, 2020

    I can think of worse problems to have. Nice monos, as always. I need to experiment more with mono, I think. Yours are good inspiration.

    • northumbrianlight · June 5, 2020

      Thanks Julie – I generally shoot with the camera showing mono, even if they end up colour in the end. I reckon you get a better idea of tones and textures. Hope all is well with you – enjoying your instagram posts.

  5. sustainabilitea · June 5, 2020

    Glad to read you’re out and about again and again and again. 🙂 Beware of Scotland, though!


    • northumbrianlight · June 5, 2020

      Indeed, almost every day 🙂 Avoiding Scotland would be much easier if the border was straight – instead the further west you go, the more likely you are to stray into forbidden territory.

      • sustainabilitea · June 5, 2020

        How rude of them!! Watch out for men in kilts!! 🙂

  6. Aviationtrails · June 6, 2020

    It looks gorgeous. It’s nice to be out and about again isn’t it!

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