Woolacombe, Mortehoe and Lee
A collection of pictures from around Woolacombe, Mortehoe and Lee, 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).
June 2022 - Taken the day after the longest day when the sun is furthest around to the right over Mortehoe when viewed from here. It seemed to be conveniently slotted into the dip of the hills below to make a beautiful image. The village is perfectly framed by the green of its landscape and the photo has so much detail including Morte Point to the left over to the Smugglers Rest on the far right. Also on the right and in the distance on this very clear evening is Worms Head,Gower,South Wales!
March 2021 - An evening after the Equinox and the first day Spring. The light was absolutely perfect and I managed to get many nice pictures on this evening walk. The landscape is still mainly covered in its Autumn and Winter brown blanket. I loved sunlit houses and the shadows on many of the features especially from the waves and also Potters Hill! There are people dotted about enjoying the sunset from the beach a few surfers out from Combesgate Beach below.
August 2020 - This picture was taken on the Sunday evening of a very busy August Bank Holiday weekend. It was taken from a high point on Baggy Point over 2.5 miles away! There’s one obvious edit made to complete this image if you know the history of the village. Can you work it out? 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 Image.
October 2015 - My dog Poppy and I love to explore the landscape around North Devon. When you reach the high points of some of the walks the views are breathtaking even for dogs. So sometimes you just have to sit and enjoy. From this particular location you can not only see over to Baggy Point and Hartland, but also over Morte Point and to Wales in the opposite direction.
March 2021 - Taken on a dog walk at the start of March when it was still Winter. It’s always a great time of year when the colour starts to appear around the landscape and the yellow of the Gorse here really caught my eye. The sun was out and the sea a beautiful turquoise blue complimenting the Gorse. The view is nicely balanced with the curve of the dunes and beach across in the distance, while people on the beach enjoy the rare winter sunshine.
August 2021 - Taken on a VERY productive week where everything looked stunning. It was the height of summer when the colours of the coast were at their best and it was during a period of extremely still seas and no wind. I was perched on the side of a hill behind watching some boats cruise past and almost ruin the flat seas. I took this as a boat had paused in the distance so its passengers could witness the sunset under the gaze of the lighthouse.
March 2021 - Taken on the evening after the spring equinox. Lundy is a perfect barometer because at spring and autumn equinox the sun will set directly over the middle of the island when viewed from here, then continue to the right (summer) or left (winter). I discovered this new bench for the first time on a walk with my dogs. It struck me what a perfect place it was to enjoy both spring and summer sunsets and the view over Morte Point. So, when you look at this, just imagine you’re sat here
June 2021 - This is a long exposure of 30 seconds showing the movement of the sea and the many people enjoying this beautiful summers day at the beach. The long exposure meant that if things were moving they were blurred for the period of the capture, but anything that was static remained sharply in focus, including the cars, caravans, wind breaks and tents. I particularly loved how the blurry nature of this photo make it look like a painting.
August 2021 - Full Description to Follow
July 2021 - Standing in this position looking this way down the coast is one of my favourite rocky coastal views. With beautiful jagged rocks all the way, from those pointing up at Bennetts Mouth to the outskirts of Ilfracombe in the distance. The sunset behind was casting a gentle light onto the rocks, enhancing their colour and highlighting their sharp edges. The sea was dead calm after days of hot weather and Sea Safari boats heading into Lee Bay providing context of size.
August 2021 - Full Description to Follow
June 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.