This view from Southport Pier has a great feeling of space. Reflections on the shallow surface water supplement the effect of the clouds themselves. No wonder this is one of my favourite places, especially towards sundown.
Heavy cloud can give good photo opportunities, when there are gaps. Here the pools of water on the beach at Southport, that gap in the cloud, and the low late afternoon December sun combine to stunning effect.
In my experience the Merseyside coast has some fabulous sunsets. The recent one at Southport, with the sun setting over the Mersey bay, was particularly spectacular.
To see an image full screen you will need to single click twice. The high contrast resulted in my Panasonix TZ200 producing a rather grainy beach with little detail.
This sky also gave a good backdrop to two of Southport’s rather quirky pieces of street decoration.
You wouldn’t think that shooting almost directly into the afternoon sun about an hour before sunset would produce good results. This shot was taken pointing just below the sun. The effect reminds me of a Roerich painting.
Taken from the beach at Rhyl, North Wales, with the Snowdonia mountains in the background.
The patterns of nature often show an incredible beauty, like this sandbank, water and beach in the Conwy estuary, North Wales, that just caught my eye. What sinuous shapes the wind and tides have created. A beautiful sunny day helped.