Charmouth Beach

It has been a quiet week since the last time I posted. Since my low days the other week I haven’t been too motivated to get out with the camera. Even though my mood at present seems ok, things I once found easy has become a little strained.

I guess this is natural, all throughout these strange times, since March, there haven’t been many days, where I haven’t been out with the camera. Managing to shoot things I never dreamt i’d be shooting e.g. macro, I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Really I should cut myself some slack for experiencing this lull. Always my own worse enemy.

The one day I did get out was to the gorgeous coastline of Charmouth beach. I have always wanted to visit the Jurassic coast, as a little girl I had a very keen interest in dinosaurs and the thought of maybe finding a fossil on the beach was an exciting prospect.

I was extremely lucky with the weather, bright blue skies and glorious sun. The sea sparkled, it was just beautiful. Its a place (like many others mentioned within previous blog posts) I would absolutely love to return to.

On this occasion, unfortunately I was unsuccessful in finding any fossils, but that did not diminish my enjoyment in trying to find them or my time there. Being at the seaside always makes me feel calm, fresh sea air, the sound of the sea, even on grey days I am just drawn to it. At some point in my life I would love to live nearer the coast. Maybe, one day?

As I write this post we are welcoming the 1st of September, for all the uncertainty of this year, it has not stopped time passing so quickly. In a way I’m thankful that time hasn’t dragged its heals, I would hate to think of how my mental health would have survived if the days had felts like months and the months had felt like years. Probably best not to dwell on something that is not the case.

Another season over, the summer winding down. I look forward to the colours of autumn , with crisp mornings and cosy evenings. I know that some are not overly keen on the weather cooling down, preferring the warmer seasons but for me autumn holds a charm.

I am hoping to get back into reading books, something I once used to do a lot but has been neglected for a long while. The darker evenings make for a compelling time to read horror, thrillers or mystery. Do you find the different seasons make you reach for certain genres?

I hope the past week has found you well, until next time, take care.

One Year old!

Its my one year blogging anniversary!! I have now had this blog space for a whole year! Over that year this blog has changed quite a bit. From only logging my weekly wildlife sightings to my more recent journal like approach covering days out, mental health and still (hopefully) any wildlife seen.

I would like to thank all those that have taken the time to read my ramblings and peruse my photographs over the past year. I really appreciate all the support I have had so far.

My aim for the future of the blog; is to keep improving my writing, run a tighter blogging schedule to posting new blogs (although this has already improved greatly since last year) and to hopefully provide content you will all continue to enjoy.

I have had a little break since my last blog, still overwhelmed by my new camera and a few bad days mentally, I made the decision to not rush back to writing as I needed space to collect my thoughts. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your own sanity is to say no or take a step back to reclaim yourself a little.

I am now very ready and mentally prepared to move forward and let you know exactly what I have been up to in those 2 weeks off.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinder-edale-and-the-dark-peak/trails/mam-tor-circular-walk

The first big visit was the famous Mam Tor (mother hill) in the Peak District near Castleton. I had never been to the peaks before and boy! did it win my heart, I did not not want to leave!

As soon as you enter Derbyshire the landscape grabs you, views over peaks and valleys, lush and green as far as the eye could see. It was truly awe inspiring.

Mam Tor has a walking trail by the National Trust. you can either just walk to the top of Mam tor or continue on the ridge walk to Losehill. I did the latter. Its not hard to see why this destination is so popular.

I will admit, the day I visited was quite busy, fortunately Mam tor is big enough to accommodate everyone and be able to socially distance!

I really hope from my photos you get just a tiny sense of how beautiful it was from there.

My next day out was a seaside day to Burnham on sea, this quiet seaside resort offers a great alternative to the bigger more touristy resorts around the UK. The day I visited the beach was quiet, people were spaced out easily. This is a great place to visit if you just want a beach day, no gimmicks.

I happened to visit on the hottest day of the year, but the cool sea wind made the heat bearable. I love being by the coast, I always have. There is just something about being next to the sea which is so calming.

The final visit to end the last 2 weeks was to Carding Mill and the Long Mynd in shropshire.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and-the-long-mynd

Shropshire being another part of the country I have never ventured to before. I have felt guilty with these visits that I am so under traveled around the UK. There some absolute treasures around this fair isle, I have recently made the purchase of a tent to hopefully be able to venture to more locations and be able to give them more time, to appreciate their character.

Back to Carding Mill, another absolutely stunning landscape, I walked the moderate trail that leads to view the light sprout waterfall. I don’t think I saw even a tenth of the location. It gives me a great excuse to return. (I have a huge list of places to return to, I really really hope this is one I get around to revisiting).

One thing about all these hill walks; it has shown me I really need to improve my fitness! Has anyone else struggled with keeping fitness motivation and activity up during the lockdown?

Lastly a word on the glorious sunsets we have been experiencing recently, they really crept up on me one evening. I missed one evening out shooting the sunset as I had noticed too late the brilliant colours of the setting sun. I sulked that on that evening extremely determined to get out the next night, which I achieved.

The locations are random, chasing the light in the car stopping by fields where I felt the view was good enough. The resulting images show a sky that looks like it is on fire. No sulking that evening, I love a good sunset, but then again who doesn’t?

I will end with another big THANK YOU! for all the support, comments, likes, subs and generally just taking the time to read my blog. Here’s to the next year!

Until next time, Take care.