starting with a week in Dorset at Durdle Door .
We loaded the Jurassic Duo ( aka terrible twosome) into the car and set off with the caravan for the Durdle Door holiday park , its about 5 & half hours drive from the wirral.
After a good journey down and setting up the van it is now 4.20 so time for a quick walk down to see Durdle Door and give the Jurassic Duo a leg stretch :)
"Man o War" bay which is the left hand beach
"Durdle Door" selfi :)
a Mollster shot :)
Anyhow, continuing the walk , a classic composition of the Door :)
Time to let the dogs have a run , walking back the other way to go down onto Man o War beach, it is a steep clamber down to the shingle beach.
Well, that didn't take long did it :) getting well and truly wet!
She looks happy lol
The beach is quite red up here at the top , i must come back and shoot it some time this week when there is better light.
Back up the steep path to the park now and some dinner , the clouds are turning red as the sun sets , maybe i should have stayed out to shoot it but its been a long day.
The next morning we are going to walk along the coastal path to the famous Lulworth Cove :)
Think Jan wants to drive but i make her walk lol its only a mile and quarter i think :)
The white cliffs look great , Weymouth is directly ahead in the distance, we where going to stay in a caravan park over there , But this location is Spectacular to say the least!
After a good walk we arrive at Lulworth Cove , the path was quite steep coming down into the village , will be a hard climb going back, i think Jan will blame me for walking Ooops lol
This is "Stair Hole"
The village nestled in between rolling hills :)
Lulworth Cove behind us , beautiful water colour with the chalk washed out of the cliffs .
Down onto the shingle,we having walked around to keep away from all the people and the no dog zone.
Chester is swimming again , he is fearless in the water , while Mol just lets him fetch the ball. A young boy boy has started throwing stones into the water and Mollster is going mad trying to get them , and she wont follow us! Arghhhhhh i hate her sometimes, so disobedient unlike good Chester .
Eventually we catch her , and i have just missed a Clouded Yellow butterfly that flew over Dam!!!!!
Great views from this side of the Cove , i want to carry on walking but Jan doesn't , So we don't go any further. It is a long way back and an ice creme would be nice right now :)
We start walking back , Mol is on her long lead and Chester is still playing in the water. We get close to where quite a few people are and Chester suddenly runs over to a family and STEALS a Prawn sandwich out of their lunch box !!!!!!! Jan is mortified! so funny HAHA Bad Chester :D
Ice creme Please dad :)
Its a long walk back now , the first steep section is the hardest before the flat walk over the cliff top back to the van.
Jan is tired, so i am going out down to the Door to shoot the sunset on my own . "Man o War" bay is looking superb tonight :) love the water colour as the high tide washes chalk into the shallow water.
Taking the high path again , a classic shot of the Door with a nice sky and water colour.
I have just come to the section of fence that the Kestrel was on last night , and low and behold its there again :) and i have my long lens with me :D. I am creeping along as carefully as i can , and it stays put as i get within about 15 feet of it . The low sun is illuminating it from the side with really lovely light , the feathers are a beautiful colour .
After all that excitement i turn back to shoot a few long exposure images of Durdle Door :)
57 seconds at f14
and without the nd filter
After waiting for the sun to start setting , i shoot this from the end of the high path before it climbs up Swyre Head . just as the sun goes behind the cliff top and a lovely glow over Weymouth now :)
Sundown now and cloud has appeared from the horizon, its not going to get any better than this now i fear :(
Clambering down onto the shingle near the Arch, i shoot a long exposure as it gets dark :)
242 seconds iso200 f11
a great image to finish of the first full day , tomorrow we are going to Corfe Castle.