lost – 25 Mar 2017 – Flickr

Have you ever seen those stories where people slavishly follow their sat nav until their car plummets off a cliff, or their truck delivering whatever it is that trucks deliver becomes embedded under a bridge which quite frankly a small child could see was going to be slightly too low? By 15 feet. I’m sure we’ve all smiled and wondered exactly what must have been on someone’s mind to get things so wrong.

But this is the curse of the modern era. The reliance on technology. The turning down of the dimmer switch on our brain. And you know what?- it happens photographically as well.

Most of you will know this place as Saltwick Bay, final resting place of the Admiral von Tromp, a small fishing vessel which ran aground under somewhat mysterious circumstances in 1976. Now, I’d wanted to photograph this place for some time but on my first visit, the light wasn’t quite right. And by not quite right, I mean there wasn’t any as I’d mistimed my journey and arrived after dark. But that’s what photography is, right? An adventure. A learning curve. A 6 hour drive fuelled by Costa coffee and bad music for the privilege of sitting in a caravan park overlooking the bay, while a gang of feral kids from Birmingham try to set fire to a bin at the entrance. What could possibly be more fun?

So, on my second attempt some weeks later I picked up my long suffering cousin who lives locally and arrived in a timely fashion armed with sunrise angles, water temperatures, the prevailing direction of the jet stream and all manner of things that might be useful. And the shoot went well- the light was fabulous, the rusting ironwork of the trawler silhouetted against the rising sun as the dawn broke. It was heart stoppingly beautiful. But I did learn some things that day.

1). There is no 3G signal by the wreck. This wasn’t too much of a surprise.

2). Sometimes there is a mismatch between what your eyes (and your cousin) tell you and what your preferred piece of technology is indicating. Generally speaking, the outgoing waves should be doing just that. And not making your feet increasingly wet.

3). Telling someone that they’re talking b******s while thrusting your phone at them despite the increasingly obvious physical evidence to the contrary is unwise. And will invariably lead to a lively discussion in the pub. Every time you see them. Forever.

4). If you’re in the habit of screenshotting the tide table on said phone in anticipation of the first point, it really helps to ensure that you then look at the one from the correct day and not two weeks before. This will save a lot of embarrassment. And wetness.

5). The water off the north east coast of England is…..fresh.

6). The kids were successful. And judging by the scorched patch of earth where the bin was, spectacularly so.

7). There is no beach anywhere in the world where expensive shoes make any sense. Sorry, Gary- don’t think of the white crusty marks as "ruined"- think more of "patina of adventure"

And there you have it. Over reliance on technology and under reliance on brain.

Did they have sat nav in 1976?

Technical: more gadgets than sense.

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Lupinated landscape – 23 Mar 2017 – Flickr

The view across the volcanic plains of southern Iceland between Skogafoss and Vik, photographed at about 11 pm during a late spring visit. The low, diffuse light allowed plenty of detail to be captured in the flowers and hills, with the snow-covered mountains adding contrast and impact in the distance. Thanks for viewing.

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Tufted Titmouse – 21 Mar 2017 – Flickr

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

I just love this species so much. They’re so fun to watch and so full of spunk and personality. Right now spring is in the air and they are pairing up. Bring on the babies!! (let me clarify: bird babies!)

Check out nature.org (Nature Conservancy) to invest in the private conservation of critical habitats for our wildlife.

Nikon D500 – 300 f/4 prime – 1/1000 – f/6.3 – ISO 400

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La plage d’Haukland/ Adventure land – 20 Mar 2017 – Flickr

Attendre le coucher du soleil sur la plage de Haukland. Le sable fin lutte contre les vagues prise en étau par les montagnes quand au loin des ilots rocheux s’échappent des abysses. Le ciel balayé par une brise froide et enveloppante, dépose une écharpe d’aurore sur la mer presqu’endormie. Un endroit magique. Cela restera un de mes plus beaux souvenirs sur les iles Lofoten.

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