Woolacombe and Mortehoe
A collection of pictures from around Woolacombe and Mortehoe, this is the location where I go to take pictures the majority of the time and the area I know best.
One of the amazing wonders about this location is that the sun sets to the left of Lundy Island when viewed from Woolacombe during the Autumn\Winter months (after Autumn equinox) and to the right during the Spring\Summer months (after the Spring equinox).
Jun 2021 - From Baggy Point - I had the idea to take this picture for a while and I was inspired by my previous nighttime equivalent called “Summer Lights”. The big difference is that this picture was captured in the full sunny light of daytime. It’s a long exposure of 30 secs showing the movement of the many people enjoying the beach and sea over that period. Of course this movement contrasts with the static landscape, houses and also beach huts, windbreaks and tents.
August 2020 - This picture was taken on the Sunday evening of a busy August Bank Holiday weekend. It was taken from a high point on Baggy Point over 2.5 miles away! It had been in my mind for a while to try and take a picture like this during a busy evening when most of the buildings were occupied and there was a lot of traffic around, creating the fascinating and details summer lights of the village.
September 2020 - An image that is familiar to everyone who knows Woolacombe. Taken during period of stunning sunny days in mid September. I was just walking past the entry to the beach and saw the beginnings of the golden hour and the sun catching the edges of the buildings beautifully.
June 2020 - A picture that was partly possible through the circumstances this year. It was taken just after a period of lockdown had ended and the beach huts had been put in place The ropes to prevent clambering up the dunes behind the huts were not in place, so I took the opportunity to get a unique view showing the white rear-ends of the huts a with beautiful sunset casting a golden light onto the beach.
June 2020 - This picture was taken towards the end of the 1st lockdown period when there were few people about to disturb the sand and dunes grass. Ollie (my dog) was just out of shot and under strict instructions not to step anywhere near the amazing striped wind patterns that I was about to take pictures of. I love the image of peering though the dune grass at the tranquil golden light.
August 2020 - Taken during a circular walk from Woolacombe on cloudy day where the sun was occasionally poking out from the clouds. This was the scene at midday from a gate familiar to those who have walked this path. Looking down towards Putsborough and Baggy Point beyond. At this point the sun was out and shining onto the beach, sea and landscape creating these beautiful greens, blues and golds. So when you look at this picture, imagine you’re walking this stunning path :-)
May 2017 - The huts are on the beach between May and September. They are removed each year to protect them from the strong winds and high tides at other times of the year. This picture was taken in late spring when the sun sets towards Morte Point. The sun cast a golden light which reflected beautifully from the white frames of the huts and from the sand. The first yellow hut was ‘Rachel’.
February 2019 -During the winter months from Woolacombe, the sun sets over Baggy Point. This was the end of a breezy day which made the tails on the waves. As the sun set behind the waves, the combination of water and fire really caught the eye. The orange of the sun, sky and reflections combined with the blue of the water make a beautiful image. The four birds dotted around were an added bonus!
March 2020 - Following storms over the winter, a lot of rocks along the whole beach had been uncovered and the dunes had also been battered destroying a lot of sea facing dune grass. This picture was taken from the dunes and at the bottom is a makeshift sand path heading over the rocks and leading onto the beach. The sunset here was beautifully lighting up the clouds + sand, grasses and rocks below.
August 2016 - During the summer months, the sun will set over Morte Point when observing from the Woolacombe direction. On this day, the sun had set a few minutes before and the sky turned a beautiful red\pink. With a long exposure on the camera, the light trails of the cars going in opposite directions along the road match the colours in the sky perfectly.
March 2020 - One of those days when one moment the sun was out and the next it was raining. Returning from a muddy dog walk to the end of Baggy Point, I looked across the bay to see part of a rainbow forming. There wasn’t a complete rainbow out of picture. This has everything I love, the lines of waves, a bit of Morte Point, Woolacombe village and the end of the rainbow landing near the golden sands.
May 2020 - Taken during a long lockdown walk from Ilfracombe, I was actually heading to Bennett’s Mouth further along the coast. As I got to Lee, I waited and watched as the sun crept around the rocks on the far side of the bay. As it was broken when it fell between the rocks it made the beautiful star. I also loved how the sea and sky were complimented by the old block-work of Lee’s landmark, Mill House.