Category: landscapes

That early January feeling…

It was the Christmas tree outside the Booths supermarket that triggered the thoughts… Now pale against the bright January sun and the crisp cold, its icy beauty was somehow less than the real thing, a warming image of a Christmas now gone and packed up into the storage boxes under the eaves. Ahead of me, the Kendal district of Fellside climbed up in the … Read More That early January feeling…

Enduring Oak

Seven Christmas Postcards

This will be my penultimate post of 2021. After Thursday’s blog, I will be taking a break till the new year. Every December, I try to capture a set of images that would make good Christmas cards. I used to have a colour ‘photograph’ printer and would send some of these to family members. But the device was old and had begun behaving erratically. … Read More Seven Christmas Postcards

December Sun

When we think of December, images of cloudy skies and short days come to mind. There are blazes of intense colours, but they are brief and often forgotten in the general grey of winter. All the more reason to highlight and celebrate them when you can capture their glory… ©Stephen Tanham 2021 Stephen Tanham is a Director of the Silent Eye, a journey through … Read More December Sun

#ShortWrytz : creeking

There are a handful of them along the seafront at Grange-over-Sands. They lie quietly beneath the promenade, encased in the stonework crafted by Victorian engineers, whose design allowed the water to pass beneath the all-important railway tracks. They carry the amalgamated water of several small streams into the turbulent waters of Morecambe Bay… and backwards when the tide is high – which is quite … Read More #ShortWrytz : creeking

The other side of colour (1 of 2)

It’s a poignant time of year… I love colour. I’m sure we all do. It’s difficult to say farewell to the mellow flashes of autumn; to know that it will be four months – one third of a year – before renewed colour returns in full to this beautiful land. It’s important to make the best of the last; to have the camera always … Read More The other side of colour (1 of 2)

Lancashire Art Deco!

It’s a building I’ve always loved – along with the period from which it came. It looks modern but it was opened in July 1933, at the height of the Art Deco movement in architecture and design. Morecambe, along with most of the classic ‘railway seaside resorts’ has had its fair share of economic challenges since, but the ‘mighty Midland’ remains classy, elegant and, … Read More Lancashire Art Deco!

A Lighthouse of Man

We have friends who live on the Isle of Man, a once-Viking stronghold which lies in the Irish Sea between England and Northern Ireland. Once or twice a year we exchange visits. I’ve always been fascinated by the presence and the symbolic importance of lighthouses, and this trip offered the opportunity to discover a new one, in a wild and wonderful setting. Our friends … Read More A Lighthouse of Man

Arnside and Autumn Pastels

At first glance, it has something of the ziggurat about it. In reality it’s the final bit of Arnside’s Victorian pier, taken from a short distance back in order to include part of the famous viaduct – nearly 1600 ft – that links Arnside with Grange-over-Sands. Arnside has the kind of beaches that you’d rather photograph than paddle from. The sands around here share … Read More Arnside and Autumn Pastels

The Second before the Shutter of Life

We were spending a few days in Alnmouth, a tiny Northumberland village with one of the best beaches in the country. I rarely get to swim in the sea these days, but such things are of vital importance to our Collie dog, Tess, who loves to chase a ball down a beach and into the waves. It was early morning. I was enjoying our … Read More The Second before the Shutter of Life

From above…

We often think that seeing something ‘from above’ will result in greater clarity. It’s usually true in a situation where there is a holistic ‘big-picture’, and the real or metaphorical aerial view can make clear the relationships at work. But sometimes being above things can conceal the truth about their essential states. The above image turned into an accidental illustration of this. We are … Read More From above…

Season Changing: Levens Park

Season Changing: Levens Park http://thesilenteye.co.uk/2021/09/09/season-changing-levens-park/ — Read on thesilenteye.co.uk/2021/09/09/season-changing-levens-park/

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