English Riviera

This week we had a short break in Torquay for my wife’s birthday, staying at the Cary Arms in Babbacombe. Photographically I was not expecting much, maybe a typical beach scene or two. Furthermore, the weather was splendid for a holiday, but far from my usually preference for stormy skies.

However I was fortunate and on a walk along the coast path found this little cove. Returning just before sunset, I was hoping for some great colour in the clouds. Unfortunately they all drifted away before sunset, but this shot from earlier in the sequence turned out all right.

These steps lead down to a tiny cove on the coast path between Babbacombe and Oddicombe Beaches in Torbay. I was hoping that sunset would intensify the colours, but the clouds disappeared about 15 minutes before and denied me. (Doug King)

Shot on the coast path between Babbacombe and Oddicombe beaches, Torquay.

Exhibition Online Today

Bath Photographic Society has been impacted by Coronavirus as much as any other aspect of our lives. But the society has continued its activities, just online rather than in person, concluding with a special on-line exhibition of members favourite works.

I normally capture images as they are presented to me, either in nature or on location. I have never really gotten the hang of arranging items artistically for still life photos. During lockdown however, options for travel to locations were limited and I exhausted opportunities in the back garden quite quickly. I started collecting bits of garden detritus to see if I could do something with them and after a few attempts I came up with a composition I was pleased with. (Doug King)

Being a mostly outdoors photographer, was quite pleased with this still life image, an area of photography that I am not familiar with.

Black Nore Lighthouse


Black Nore Point, Portishead, at high tide with the old lighthouse in the background. (Doug King)
As lockdown was easing, I started thinking about getting out to the coast again and decided to re-visit Black Nore Lighthouse in Portishead. This listed structure was constructed in 1894 to guide shipping approaching Bristol Docks. The light was decommissioned in 2010, but the structure remains as a prominent beacon on Black Nore Point.

I have been back half a dozen times in the last couple of weeks and I have been amazed at the variety of photographic interest provided by just a few hundred metres of coast with sandstone beds, a pebble beach and Dolomitic Conglomerate, all with an old lighthouse as a backdrop.

Black Nore Point is on the coast path about 1 mile from Portishead Beach.

The Lilstock Serpent

This week marked my return to Bridgwater Bay and the amazing rock formations (at least I think they are) of Lilstock and Kilve beaches, only this time I spent less time on the rocks.

I have been going out in the rain recently in the hope that the weather will break and afford me amazing skies and light. Once again I completely forgot the discomfort of being wet when the light came together for me with the water carved sand and created the Lilstock Serpent illuminating the horizon with her furious gaze.

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