Summer and winter sunsets in the same week

My friends know that I love taking sunset photos – and low light photos in general.  A week ago I was still in Northumberland. On my last night at Warton I went out just before 11pm and looked north west to the after glow of the sunset above the Scottish border.  It was really tranquil, there was plenty of late evening bird song with bats swooping past continually.

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Sunset here in Grahamstown is just after 5pm at the moment – we are almost a quarter of the way around the world from Northumberland and so it is approaching mid-winter now and our shortest day.  I went out with Jeannie and the grandchildren for a sunset walk yesterday and grabbed a couple of quick shots looking south-east from below the toposcope on Mountain Drive.  The mountain bikers, runners and dog walkers will all recognise this cabbage tree.  There were some beautiful clouds over the Indian Ocean glowing with the last of the sunlight.

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Garden and countryside

We’ve spent plenty of time outside in Northumberland this past week.  It’s been rather cold and windy but with plenty of sunshine, showers and one big storm.  The wind’s been a problem for photography but when you get into the shade of the farm garden or when you are walking on sheltered paths then there’s been a riches of flowers and landscapes.

Here are two flowers from the lovely garden at Warton and a spectacular inverted three sided hook that adorns one of the gate posts.

Out in the country Northumberland often has a big sky.  You can see that in the picture with the silhouettes of the cows.  These two photos were taken on the coastal path north of Boulder.