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23rd January 2015

Lookout tower and cirrus cloud on the Formentor peninsula, Mallorca

On my first visit to the Cap de Formentor, on the northwest corner of Mallorca, my jaw was on my chin as I stood at the viewpoint and looked around.

This is just one of the many views I saw and photographed there, with all too rare clouds being the main draw in this image.

Visit the Formentor, Mallorca #1 photo page to read more.

22nd January 2015

Solitary yacht, moored at sa Colabra, Mallorca

Looking at this photo of a yacht moored at sa Colabra on the coast of Mallorca conjures an image in my mind of a relaxed evening on holiday, strolling gently along a beach watching the sun set and snapping the odd photo.

However, my actual recollection of taking this photograph isn't like that at all!

To find out why, visit the Moored Yacht, Mallorca #2 photo page to read more.

21st January 2015

Solitary yacht, moored at Cala Tuent, Mallorca

This simple photo of a moored yacht could have been taken anywhere in the world.

In fact the yacht was just off the coast of Mallorca when I photographed it, but in this case the location doesn't matter.

It's the effect on the viewer's imagination that's the purpose of this image.

To read more, visit the Moored Yacht, Mallorca #1 photo page.

20th January 2015

Beach hut at Cala Tuent, Mallorca

Here's another view of Cala Tuent on the lovely island of Mallorca, this time looking back from the beach to the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.

Visit the Cala Tuent, Mallorca #2 photo page to read more.

19th January 2015

Tree covered headland at Cala Tuent, Mallorca

Mallorca is such a diverse island, and it's too easy to imagine it's just a collection of crowded beaches and night clubs.

Prepare to do some exploring and you can end up in a beautiful secluded bay such as Cala Tuent, featured here.

Visit the Cala Tuent, Mallorca #1 photo page to read more.

16th January 2015

Mallorca mountains from Puerto Pollensa

Another view of Mallorca from the sea for today's offering here at goHOWiE.com.

This is the view from out in the Badia de Pollença, looking towards the mountains.

But why did I include the front of the boat in the image?

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Alcudia, Pollenca #2 photo page to read more.

15th January 2015

El Maressar Lighthouse at Porto Pollenca, Mallorca

A holiday on Mallorca wouldn't be complete without a boat trip, as you get to see such beautiful sights from a different perspective than when on land, such as the lovely El Maressa lighthouse just outside Puerto Pollensa.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Alcudia, Pollenca #1 photo page to read more.

14th January 2015

Bunting in Old Alcudia, Mallorca

Photographing in the midday sun isn't usually recommended, but in some situations it works very well.

This is a street scene in Old Alcudia, with the sunlit bunting making the image work.

Visit the Alcudia, Mallorca #6 photo page to read more.

13th January 2015

Swimming pool at night, Diamond Resorts, Alcudia, Mallorca

A swimming pool wouldn't be high on my list of photographic 'go to' places, but the night time aspect of the pool where were were staying in Alcudia, Mallorca, was just too nice to resist.

Plus of course, I could just wander out of our apartment and shoot to my heart's content.

Visit the Alcudia, Mallorca #5 photo page to read more.

12th January 2015

Old Alcudia rooftops at night, Mallorca

It's funny how a scene can look completely different at night than during the day.

This is the town of Old Alcudia, Mallorca, viewed from its city walls, and what would be quite a drab view in daylight has been transformed into something quite intriguing under the light of the moon.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Alcudia, Mallorca #4 photo page to read more.

9th January 2015

Old Alcudia town square at night, Mallorca

This is the old town of Alcudia on the northern coast of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

The main square, pictured here at night, had a warmth and charm that was delightful to experience.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Alcudia, Mallorca #3 photo page to read more.

8th January 2015

Holiday makers on a jetty at sunrise, Alcudia Bay, Mallorca Two tourists photographing each other on a jetty at sunrise, Alcudia Bay, Mallorca

Today we're starting a series of images from a place I'd never been to before - the Spanish island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean sea.

Famed as a 'party' island, I was blown away by the natural beauty of the more unspoilt parts, and, of course, I took a good number of photos during our two week holiday there last summer.

We're starting off on the beach in Alcudia Bay - quite a tourist hot-spot - but not at the hour I was there!

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Alcudia, Mallorca #1 and Alcudia, Mallorca #2 photo pages to read more.

7th January 2015

Wool shop at Moelfre, Anglesey, North Wales

Following the Anglesey Coastal Path around a little way from Red Wharf Bay, the scene of yesterday's photo, will take you to the charming village of Moelfre.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Moelfre #1 photo page to read more.

6th January 2015

Decaying mooring post on the beach at Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

Still on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey for today's image here at goHOWiE.com, this time at Red Wharf Bay on the eastern side of the island.

The coast of Anglesey must be one of the most scenic and varied in the world, and all of it is accessible via the 125 mile long coastal path.

Visit the Red Wharf Bay Post #1 photo page to read more.

5th January 2015

South Stack lighthouse at sunset, Anglesey, Wales

Lighthouses - I just can't leave them alone!

Mind you, when you have access to such beautiful coastal scenery as South Stack, on the Isle of Anglesey, can you blame me?

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the South Stack Lighthouse #3 photo page to read more.

2nd January 2015

Tryfan with the A5 historical trunk road running alongside. Snowdonia National Park, Wales

A Happy New Year to all!

Do you have a favourite road?

Weird question, but I have a few that I always enjoying driving along and need very little prompting to divert onto.

One such is Thomas Telford's amazing A5 as it passes throught the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, and with views like this on offer from the side of the road, do you blame me?

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Tryfan #6 photo page to read more.

30th December 2014

Llyn Mymbyr, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

Just grabbing a few minutes in-between grand children to upload this view of the lovely Llyn Mymbyr in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

It's amazing how much you think you'll get done with a week off work, and how the time to do it seems to evaporate before your eyes!

Anyhow, a click on the link or thumbnail will take you to the Llyn Mymbyr #8 photo page to read more.

26th December 2014

Watchtower on Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) at sunset, Anglesey, North Wales

Well, I hope you had a really great Christmas day. Liz and I certainly did, and I'm just sitting here in the quiet on Boxing Day indulging myself in a little photographic enjoyment, courtesy of beautiful North Wales.

Shot on the same afternoon as Llanddwyn #1, presented below, this again is the watchtower at the tip of Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey, shown just at the point of sunset.

What an amazing place we live in!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llanddwyn #2 photo page to read more.

24th December 2014

Cross and watchtower on Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llandwyn), Anglesey, North Wales

This may well be the last image posted here at goHOWiE.com this year, so I've indulged myself with a photo of one of my favourite places (I seem to have a lot of those, don't I?).

This is Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) on the south-western tip of Anglesy on the North Wales coast, pictured just before sunset.

It's a fair old slog through the sand of Newborough beach to get here, but well worth the effort.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llanddwyn #1 photo page to read more.

And, of course, a Happy and Blessed Christmas and New Year to all my friends, both known and unknown to me, who keep on visiting the site.

23rd December 2014

Cottage on the beach at Llanbedrog on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales

This is the last image I'm presenting here at goHOWiE.com from a lovely summer's afternoon on the beach at Llanbedrog on the Llyn Peninsula.

I was amazed at how many photo opportunities this short stretch of beach presented, but of all the photos i took that day, this cottage proved to be the most technically challenging.

Find out why by clicking on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llanbedrog Cottage #1 photo page.

22nd December 2014

Row of colourful beach huts at Llanbedrog on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales

As I'm sat here by my computer in mid-December, watching the grey clouds and rain roll by out of my window, it's a real treat to be able to look back at images of warm sunshine and happy days spent on the beach.

Give me a row of beach huts to photograph and I'm happy as a pig in muck (as they say).

These lovely examples were lined up on the beach at Llanbedrog on the Llyn Peninsula, and it cheers me up just to look at them.

I hope you find the same.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llanbedrog Beach Hut #1 photo page to read more.

19th December 2014

Yacht on the beach at Llanbedrog on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales

The welsh coast is certainly fertile ground for an outdoor photographer, and the day I spent in the company of my children and grandchildren on the beach at Llanbedrog definately didn't disappoint.

And it wasn't just the natural scenery that caught my eye on that day, as this striking image of a yacht in a blaze of colour testifies.

As usual, click on thumbnail or link to go to the Yacht and Beach #2 photo page to read more.

18th December 2014

View from the beach at Llanbedrog on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales

Here's another view from the beach at Llanbedrog on the Llyn Peninsula, this time looking across Cardigan Bay to Snowdonia.

But why convert a lovely colourful beach scene to monochrome?

Click on thumbnail or link to go to the Llanbedrog Beach #2 photo page to read more.

17th December 2014

A solitary cumulus cloud over the beach at Llanbedrog on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales

The sun doesn't often shine on the welsh coast, but when it does it's absolutely gorgeous.

This the beach at Llanbedrog on the Llyn Peninsula on such a lovely sunny afternoon, with just a solitary cumulus cloud to add a bit of interest to the sky.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llanbedrog Beach #1 photo page to read more.

16th December 2014

Time lapse video of a sunset with clouds, filmed from Caernarfon, North Wales

I seem to have developed an obsession with shooting time lapse sequences of sunsets, as here's yet another one, filmed from Caernarfon on the North Wales coast, to add to my collection.

Why do I do it? Well, I find that the more I practise the better I get, as a look back to my earlier attempts will show, but that's not the only reason.

I just love sharing the beauties of God's creation that I see all around me every day, and a glorious sunset is like the cherry on that particular cake.

To see the video, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Sunset Timelapse #15 page, or you can check it out in my Vimeo gallery by following the link from the main menu above.

15th December 2014

Time lapse video showing sunset and dusk over the Menai Straits, North Wales

Following on from Friday's time lapse video, shot at dawn (unfortunate turn of phrase!) at Penmon Point on the Isle of Anglesey, today's offering here at goHOWiE.com is another time lapse sequence, filmed at the end of the same day, still on Anglesey but this time looking southwest along the Menai Straits and showing a wonderful display of light and shadow as the sun was setting behind a bank of broken cloud.

I'm so blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world, and I really enjoy sharing what I see with others.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Sunset over the Menai Straits page to watch the video and read about the making of it.

12th December 2014

Time lapse video showing the incoming tide on a stormy winter morning at Penmon Point on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales

Here's another of my favourite North Wales coast beauty spots, Penmon Point on the Isle of Anglesey.

I normally visit here when the weather's calm, so shooting this stormy mid-winter time lapse of the incoming tide was a fresh experience for me (very fresh in fact!)

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Incoming tide at Penmon Point page to watch the video and read a bit more about the making of it.

11th December 2014

Groynes on Abersoch beach, North Wales

Another day, another photo of groynes on the North Wales coast.

I just can't resist photographing these iconic pieces of welsh seaside architecture, and this example is to be found on the beach at Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Groynes #15 photo page to read more.

10th December 2014

Decaying groynes at Llanfairfechan, North Wales

I'm so blessed to be living in North Wales, just a short drive away from forests, waterfalls, mountains and, of course, the coast.

As a photographer I'm really spoilt for choice with so many photogenic and historic seaside locations to choose from.

These decaying groynes are on the beach at Llanfairfechan, picked out beautifully in the late afternoon sun.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Groynes #14 photo page to read more.

5th December 2014

Blue paddling pool on Llandudno promenade with the Little Orme in the background, North Wales coast

One of the nice things about photography as a hobby is that it trains you to look beyond the usual.

I've walked past and photographed this paddling pool on the promenade at Llandudno many, many times, and I'm still finding different compositions to picture it from.

A click on the link or thumbnail will take you to the Blue Pool #3 photo page to discover more.

4th December 2014

Orange and yellow gerbera flower

The gerbera is one of the most photogenic flowers around, so I make no apology for having photographed this prime example as it sat in a vase in my conservatory.

Just looking at this riot of colour cheers me up on this cold winter's day.

Just click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Gerbera #2 photo page to read more.

3rd December 2014

Purple flower, possibly a Delphinium

Here at goHOWie.com you'll find images and videos from all around the world, but quite often you can find beautiful stuff to photograph without even stepping through your front door.

At least, that's what I found one rainy weekend with nothing more than a vase of flowers and a sheet of paper.

To read more, and see a larger version of this image, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Purple Flower #1 photo page.

1st December 2014

Time lapse video showing sunset and twilight over the headland of Penmaenmawr on the North Wales coast as viewed from the West Shore at LLandudno

With its combination of dramatic geology, big skies and unpredicable weather, the North Wales coastal strip is definately a 'go to' place for photography.

This time lapse video shows a great sunset over the headland at Penmaenmawr, followed by a lovely twilight light show.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Sunset Timelapse #14 page to watch the video and read more.

28th November 2014

Old fence, with the mountains of Snowdonia in the background, North Wales

Show me a fence like this one and I'll know I'm in the hills of North Wales.

It's funny how the impact of agriculture on the landscape is so localised. It's almost like the landscape has developed an accent, dictated by the uses to which it's put.

I photographed this particular example by the side of the road in the Snowdonia National Park on a rare sunny afternoon.

To read more, ans see a larger version of this image, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Fence and Mountains #1 photo page.

26th November 2014

Tidal pool at dusk on Llanfairfechan beach, Wales Tidal pool run off at dusk on Llanfairfechan beach, Wales Tidal pool and Puffin Island at dusk from Llanfairfechan beach, Wales

We've moved to the North Wales coast for today's trio of images, all taken from the beach at Llanfairfechan on the same beautiful evening, but each with a different story to tell.

Click on the thumbnails to go to the Llanfairfechan Beach #1, Llanfairfechan Beach #2 and Llanfairfechan Beach #3 photo pages to read more.

25th November 2014

Moored rowing boat at Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales

Still on the shores of Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia for today's image here at goHOWiE.com.

This is an area of North Wales that's so rich in visual treats I don't think I'll ever tire of coming here to relax and photograph (but not necessarily at the same time!)

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llyn Padarn boat #1 photo page to read more.

24th November 2014

Dolbadarn Castle and Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales

Honestly, where in the world would you rather be on a crisp late summer afternoon than the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales!

This photo shows the impressively situated ruins of Dolbadarn Castle as they overlook Llyn Padarn on just such an afternoon.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Dolbadarn Castle #1 photo page to read more.

21st November 2014

Menai Straits shoreline at Bangor, North Wales

Here's another North Wales gem, the seaside town of Bangor.

But perhaps not pictured here from the usual angle.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Bangor shoreline #1 photo page to read more.

20th November 2014

River Conwy at Fairy Glen, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, Wales Banks of the river Conwy at Fairy Glen, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, Wales

Two more photos taken during Liz and my visit to Fairy Glen, just outside Betws-y-Coed, this time showing details of the river and beautifully sculpted riverbank

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Fairy Glen #2 and Fairy Glen #3 photo pages to read more.

19th November 2014

Fairy Glen, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, Wales

This is the wonderful Fairy Glen, just outside Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, a true hidden gem of a place, hard to find, but well worth the effort.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Fairy Glen #1 photo page to read more.

17th November 2014

A worked slate face at the disused Dinorwig quarry, Snowdonia, Wales

There's beauty to be found in some of the most unlikely places.

This slate face, just catching the late afternoon sun at the disused Dinorwig quarry in Snowdonia, is a case in point, with lines shapes and textures all combining to give a very pleasing visual effect.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Dinorwig Slate #2 photo page to read more.

14th November 2014

Pile of slate spoil at the disused Dinorwig slate quarry, Snowdonia, Wales

Who would have thought a pile of slate spoil could be so lovely?

The subtle colours of the slate at the disused Dinorwig quarry in Snowdonia were such a visual treat I couldn't help but photograph them.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Dinorwig Slate #1 photo page to read more.

13th November 2014

Disused Dinorwig slate quarry, Snowdonia, Wales

A most surreal place.

This photo shows just a small part of the enormous abandoned slate quarry at Dinorwig, which my wife Liz and I spent a rare sunny afternoon exploring last summer.

It was so weird, I just didn't know where to point my camera next.

This image is one of the more 'normal' views that I photographed that visit.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Dinorwig Quarry #1 photo page to read more.

12th November 2014

Nant Ffrancon valley, Snowdonia, Wales

Phew, fianlly back in the UK after our French exploits, with this view of the Nant Ffrancon valley under dramatic lighting from one of my favourite go to places in the Snowdonia National Park.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Nant Francon #1 photo page to read more.

11th November 2014

Chalk cliffs at Yport, Normandy, France

This image of chalk cliffs is the final offering from the charming French seaside town of Yport, and the final photo in this series from Liz and my tour around Normandy.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Yport #3 photo page to see a larger version.

10th November 2014

The foreshore at Yport, Normandy, France

Here's another view of the charming seaside resort of Yport, on the Normandy coast, that Liz and I visited during our week long stay in northern France.

Definately a spot I'd make the effort to re-visit one day.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Yport #2 photo page to read more.

7th November 2014

Boats on the beach at Yport, Normandy, France

One of the revelations of Liz's and my trip to Normandy was the lovely seaside resort of Yport, which I'd never heard of before, but was certainly glad we made the effort to visit.

Although we nearly didn't even get out of the car!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Yport #1 photo page to find out why.

6th November 2014

Timber framed courtyard at Pont de L'Arche, Normandy, France

Liz and I visited some charming an historic market towns during our stay in Normandy, and one of the prettiest was Pont de L'Arche.

With its ancient timber framed buildings and open air market, Pont de L'Arche was a real treat to walk around, admiring the architecture.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Pont de L'Arche #1 photo page to read more.

5th November 2014

Chateau Gaillard at dusk reflecting in the river Seine at Les Andelys, Normandy, France

Here's a second view of the lovely Chateau Gaillard, overlooking the river Seine at Les Andelys, Normandy.

Well worth an extra photo!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Les Andelys #2 photo page to read more.

4th November 2014

Chateau Gaillard at dusk reflecting in the river Seine at Les Andelys, Normandy, France

This is the beautifully situated Chateau Gaillard, perched above the small town of Les Andelys on the banks of the Seine as it meanders its way through the Normandy countryside.

Definately worth a second visit to see this view at dusk.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Les Andelys #1 photo page to read more.

3rd November 2014

Old window shutter hinge, with peeling blue paint, at Honfleur, Normandy

More dilapidated architectural detail from the back streets of Honfleur on the Normandy coast.

I'm sorry, but I just can't resist such beautiful colours and textures!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Honfleur Shutter #1 photo page to read more.

1st Novemberr 2014

Old door at Honfleur, Normandy

Wandering round the backstreets of Honfleur during Liz and my visit to this Normandy port, this slightly shabby door caught my eye, but why?

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Honfleur Door #1 photo page to read more.

29th October 2014

Steps at the Vieux-Bassin at Honfleur, Normandy

OK, we're back in Normandy after the brief foray to warmer climes, and viewing one of the nicest places that Liz and I had the pleasure of visiting during our week long stay.

This is the port of Honfleur, on the banks of the Seine as it drains into the English Channel, and as quaint a spot as you could wish.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Honfleur Steps #1 photo page to read more.

28th October 2014

Time lapse video showing a cumulus cloud cell over the Colwyn Bay wind farm, North Wales, viewed from Rhos-on-Sea

If, like me, you get bored with clear blue skies all day long then the North Wales coast is definately the place for you.

This time lapse video clip shows a magnificent cumulus cloud cell boiling over the Colwyn Bay wind farm, viewed from Rhos-on-Sea.

But I wish I'd started filming half an hour earlier!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Clouds Timelapse #2 page to watch the video and find out what I missed.

27th October 2014

Time lapse video showing the sunrise at Puerto Pollenca, Mallorca

The hour or so either side of sunrise must be my favourite time of the day, watching as light slowly creeps across the sky.

Of course, it helps to have somewhere nice to watch the sky from, and even better if it's not freezing cold either!

So taking the stills for this lovely dawn at Puerto Pollenca on the warm island of Mallorca was an absolute treat.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Pollenca Timelapse #1 page to watch the video and read a bit more about it.

24th October 2014

Time lapse video showing people watching the sunrise at Alcudia Bay, Mallorca

I'm taking a short break from the somewhat extensive tour of Normandy that we've been enjoying here at goHOWiE.com, in order to catch up on some recent time lapse videos I've been making.

The first is a sunrise, shot from the beach at Alcudia Bay on the warm and sunny island of Mallorca. A far cry from the rather damp and grey conditions I've been used to in Normandy.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Alcudia Timelapse #1 page to see the video.

23rd October 2014

Stream that runs through the famous gardens at Monet's estate in Giverny, Normandy, France

This is the last view of Giverny I'm going to post here at goHOWiE.com, and shows the river Epte, which runs alongside Monet's estate.

A lovely view in its own right, and a refreshingly natural scene after the carefully landscaped gardens.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Giverny Stream #1 photo page to read more.

22nd October 2014

Decaying poppy at Giverny, Normandy, France

In the midst of all the pristine blooms that Liz and I enjoyed during out tour of Monet's gardens at Giverny, Normandy, this decaying poppy flower stood out to me as both a thing of beauty, and a poignant reminder of the fragility of life.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Poppy #3 photo page to read more.

21st October 2014

Wild poppy at Giverny, Normandy, France

It's curious how certain types of flower are etched into our consciousness.

This is a Normandy poppy, photographed at Giverny, and I'll wager that most viewers will look at this and remember World War One and the bloodshed that occured in this now tranquil and beautiful part of the world.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Poppy #2 photo page to read more.

20th October 2014

Pink wildflower at Giverny, Normandy, France Blue wildflower at Giverny, Normandy, France Close up pink wildflower at Giverny, Normandy, France

Of all the beautiful sights Liz and I enjoyed during our visit to Giverny, Normandy, the wildflower meadow behind the Musée des Impressionnismes was what gave us the most pleasure.

Here are just three images from that lovely spot.

As usual, click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Pink Flower #1, Blue Flower #1 and Pink Flower #2photo pages to read more.

17th October 2014

The famous gardens at Monet's house in Giverny, Normandy, France

Photographing in Monet's famous gardens at Giverny, Normandy, it's difficult to avoid plagarising his impressionist works, painted here over a century ago.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Giverny Gardens #1 photo page to read more.

16th October 2014

Derelict row boats in the water gardens at Monet's house in Giverny, Normandy, France

Wandering round Claude Monet's estate at Giverny, Normandy we came across many visual delights, not least of which were these two derelict rowing boats.

But could there be more here than meets the eye?

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Giverny Water Gardens #2 photo page to read more.

15th October 2014

The famous water gardens and Japanese bridge at Monet's house in Giverny, Normandy, France

No stay in Normandy would be complete without a visit to the village of Giverny and the estate of Claude Monet, especially if you're interested in art and photography that is.

The only problem in taking photos of the beautiful scenery are the huge numbers of other tourists, all trying to do the same thing!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Giverny Water Gardens #1 photo page to read more.

14th October 2014

A No Parking and Mad Dog sign in French at Pont de L'Arche, Normandy, France

When visiting a new town, do you stick to the well trodden tourist areas, or, like me, do you go wandering the back streets?

There are some interesting and eminently photographable things to be found off the beaten track, such as this curious juxtaposition of signage, found in an alleyway at Pont de L'Arche in Normandy.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the No Parking Sign #1 photo page to read more.

10th October 2014

The river Seine at Pont de L'Arche, Normandy, France

A beautiful afternoon by the river Seine at Pont de L'Arche in Normandy.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Seine #1 photo page to read more.

6th October 2014

Plastic clothes dummies in the market at Pont de L'Arche, Normandy, France

Kind of spooky eh?

While Liz was admiring handbags in the market at Pont de L'Arche, I was on the lookout for unusual things to photograph.

I think this is a result on that score!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Dummies #1 photo page to read more.

2nd October 2014

World war two concrete fortifications and modern wind turbine at Fecamp, Normandy, France

There's sort of an 'ancient and modern' theme in today's photo, showing a world war two concrete bunker set against a modern wind turbine, both to be found on the cliffs of Cap Fagnet on the Normandy coast.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Fecamp - Normandy #2 photo page to read more.

1st October 2014

Chalk cliffs and wind turbines at Fecamp, Normandy, France

You might be forgiven for thinking you're back in Blighty, looking at the White Cliffs of Dover, for today's photo here at goHOWiE.com, but you're not.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Fecamp - Normandy #1 photo page to find out where Liz and I really were on that sunny afternoon.

30th September 2014

Abstract mosaic at Evreux, Normandy, France Ceramic face mosaic at Evreux, Normandy, France

Wouldn't it be great to have fantastic sunlight every day?

Well, maybe not.

While low sunlight is what you need for photographing the grand landscape, flat light is much better for photographing details, such as these two examples of mosaic art that Liz and i found along the banks of the canal during a stroll around the Normandy town of Evreux.

Click on the links or thumbnails to go to the Mosaic #1 and Mosaic #2 photo pages to read more.

29th September 2014

L'Oiseau Blanc monument at Etretat, Normandy, France

Finding this striking monument on the headland above Etretat, on the Normandy coast, was somewhat of a suprise for Liz and myself, and I was glad of a beautiful sunset to photograph it against.

But what does it commemorate?

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Etretat, Normandy #3 photo page to read more.

26th September 2014

Small yachts on the beach at Etretat, Normandy, France

Yesterday's photo of Etretat, on the Normandy coast, was taken under decent light, but today's image was taken during Liz's and my first visit to the resort, under leaden grey skies and drizzle.

Good photo opportunities were few and far between, so I was glad of this line of yachts drawn up on the beach.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Etretat, Normandy #1 photo page to read more.

25th September 2014

Panoramic image of Etretat, Normandy, France

Continuing our mini tour around the beauty spots of Normandy (well, a few of them anyway) Liz and I on the cliffs overlooking the sleepy seaside town of Etretat.

This image is from our second visit, the first being under heavy clouds and a flat grey drizzle.

Etretat was just too lovely to not see it under decent light.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Etretat, Normandy #2 photo page to read more.

24th September 2014

Le Manoir des Deux Amants, reflecting in the Seine at Connelles, Normandy, France

Compared with yesterday's image, showing the chateau Moulin de Connelles reflecting in the river Seine at Connelles, Normandy, this is the view 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

All I had to do was rotate the tripod head and adjust the exposure slightly to capture this view of our hotel, Le Manoir des Deux Amants.

The ducks were an unexpected bonus!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Connelles, Normandy #2 photo page to read more.

23rd September 2014

A small chateau, Moulin de Connelles, reflecting in the Seine at Connelles, Normandy, France

A few minutes of late afternoon sun allowed me to take this picture of the Moulin de Connelles, reflecting in the river Seine at Connelles in Normandy, France, during our stay in this enigmatic place.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Connelles, Normandy #1 photo page to read more.

22nd September 2014

Nave and statue in Evreux cathedral, Normandy, France

This image of a nave with statues is the last from Evreux cathedral in Normandy, taken during an hour spent wandering around inside while avoiding the rain outside.

Of course, I took many more photos than the four shown in this and the previous three entries, but enough is enough and next time we'll be moving on to an outdoor Normandy location.

Read more about this image by clicking on the link or thumbnail to go to the Church Nave #1 page.

19th September 2014

Artifacts in Evreux cathedral, Normandy, France

This image, taken in a dimly lit alcove in Evreux catherdral, Normandy, pushed my photo taking and post-processing skills to the max.

Read more by clicking on the link or thumbnail to go to the Church Detail #1 photo page.

18th September 2014

Ceiling detail in Evreux cathedral, Normandy, France

Today's photo is another detail from the inside of the cathedral at Evreux in Normandy, in which Liz and I spent a pleasant hour sheltering from the rain and admiring the architecture.

I find it always pays to look up when in a cathedral!

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Church Ceiling #1 photo page to read more.

17th September 2014

Stone arch and red curtain in Evreux cathedral, Normandy, France

Today sees the start of a new series of photos here at goHOWiE.com, taken earlier this year during a week long stay in Normandy, France.

Apart from half an hour's weak sunshine at the start of the week, it was grey skies throughout.

Just as well there's so much interesting architecture around to be photographed, such as these details inside the cathedral at Evreux.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Church Arch #1 photo page to read more.

15th September 2014

Time lapse video showing the tide coming in at Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales

Whew! Just got back from a two week break in Mallorca.

Lovely place and we'll be going back, but one thing it doesn't have is a meaningful tide.

Not so on the good old North Wales coast, where tidal ranges of five to eight metres are the norm, as can be seen in this short time lapse video of the incoming tide at Rhos-on-Sea.

Click on the link to go to the Rhos-on-Sea Timelapse #2 page to see the video and read a bit more about the making of it.

27th August 2014

Timelapse video of dusk falling over the Irish Sea, viewed from Deganwy on the North Wales coast

Here's another time lapse video clip from beautiful North Wales, this time showing the post sunset light show on a stunning evening overlooking the Irish Sea from the promenade at Deganwy.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Deganwy Timelapse #1 page to see the video.

26th August 2014

Timelapse video of dusk falling over Telford's suspension bridge, Menai Straits, Anglesey, North Wales

After many still photo sessions from the layby overlooking Telford's suspension bridge over the Menai Straits, joining Anglesley to the Wales mainland, I finally got the chance to shoot a time lapse sequence showing the onset of night over this iconic scene.

Click on the link to go to the Menai Straits Timelapse #2 page to see the video and read a bit more about it.

23rd August 2014

Time lapse video showing a small waterfall at the foot of Tryfan in Snowdonia, North Wales

Some days the light just isn't dramatic enough for photographing big scenery.

But flat light is just fine for capturing running water, such as this small waterfall at the base of Tryfan in Snowdonia, North Wales, shotm as a time lapse sequence.

Click on the link to go to the Waterfall Timelapse #1 page to see the video and read a bit more about it.

20th August 2014

Time lapse video showing sunset at South Stack lighthouse on the Isle of Anglesey

Another beautiful North Wales location shown in time lapse today here at goHOWiE.com, and this time we're at South Stack on the Isle of Anglesey to witness the sunset.

Click on the link to go to the South Stack Timelapse #3 page to see the video and read about the making of it.

19th August 2014

Time lapse video showing the play of clouds and sun over the beach and Great Orme at Llandudno on the North Wales coast

A typical North Wales day at the seaside, Llandudno in this case, bracing to say the least!

Not so good for sunbathing, but great for time lapse.

Click on the link to go to the Llandudno Timelapse #14 page to see the video and read about the making of it.

18th August 2014

Time lapse video dusk falling on a rainy evening at Victoria Dock, Caernarfon, North Wales

What do you do when you're out photographing and a downpour comes your way?

That's what happened to me during an evening's time lapse filming at Victoria Dock, Caernarfon, North Wales.

Fortunately I had a gadget with me that allowed me to carry on shooting, and produce this video presented here today at goHOWiE.com.

To find out what the gadget was, click on the link to go to the Caernarfon Timelapse #2 page.

15th August 2014

Time lapse video showing a mega moon rising over Colwyn Bay as the tide comes in at Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales

Whew! It's been a busy month so far what with trips to the seaside and mountains of beautiful North Wales.

Today's offering here at goHOWiE.com is a seaside time lapse video shot from the promenade at Rhos-on-Sea, overlooking Colwyn Bay; and there's quite a bit going on.

Click on the link to go to the Rhos-on-Sea Timelapse #1 page to see the video and read a bit more about the making of it.

14th August 2014

Penmon lighthouse at dusk, with Puffin Island in the background, Anglesey, North Wales

This scene of the lighthouse at Penmon Point was taken after sunset, with the remaining twilight bleeding away to the west, and was one of the last images that I took here on that particular evening.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Lighthouse #63 photo page to read more.

13th August 2014

Penmon lighthouse with Puffin Island in the background, Anglesey, North Wales

I'm normally here at Penmon Point, on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, at dawn to watch and photograph the sunrise, but on this occasion Liz and I made an afternoon visit, specifically to make a time lapse video of the incoming tide.

This is one of the still images I took that day, and even though I didn't take this shot with its potential to be a stand-alone image in mind, I'm very pleased with how it gives a glimpse of the beauty we were enjoying during our visit.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Lighthouse #62 photo page to read more.

12th August 2014

Sun rising over the beach at Llanfairfechan on the North Wales coast

Continuing with our tour of North Wales sunrises, today's image shows the sun rising over the beach at Llanfairfechan on the North Wales coast.

This beach has quite extensive sand bars which appear and disappear with the tide, making for an interesting time lapse video , from which this still photo was taken.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Llanfairfechan Sunrise #1 photo page to read more.

11th August 2014

Moel Famau at dawn, featuring the ruins of the Jubilee Tower, North Wales

Today's image here at goHOWiE.com shows one of my favourite spots in beautiful twilight lighting.

This is the summit of Moel Famau, the highest peak in the Clwydian range, and also my local hill.

It's a real blessing to be able to visit places like this, and to pick and choose when to go to catch the best light.

As usual, click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Moel Famau Dawn #1 photo page to read more.

8th August 2014

Colwyn Bay wind farm at sunrise, viewed from Llandudno on the North Wales coast

Another day, another sunrise.

Although a beautiful thing to watch, a still photo of a sunrise can be a pretty boring affair unless there's something else in the frame to set the sun off against.

Cue the Colwyn Bay wind farm!

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Windfarm Sunrise #1 photo page to read more.

7th August 2014

Sun rising over Snowdonia, viewed from the beach at Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula

Sunrise or sunset - which is your favourite?

Mine has to be sunrise, because the rest of the world is usually in bed and I'm left in peace to enjoy the moment, such as here early one summer's morning on the beach at Abersoch.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Abersoch Sunrise #2 photo page to read more.

6th August 2014

Abersoch beach at sunrise with groynes, Llyn Peninsula, Wales

Back to my early morning photoshoot at Abersoch beach on the Llyn Peninsula for today's photo here at goHOWiE.com.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Abersoch Sunrise #1 photo page to read more.

5th August 2014

Time lapse video showing sunset over the Marine Lake at West Kirby, Wirral

Sometimes outdoor photography can be a real physical and mental challenge, and sometimes it's so easy you think you're somehow cheating!

This time lapse video of sunset ove rthe Marine lake at West Kirby on the Wirral falls into the latter category.

Click on the link to go to the West Kirby Timelapse #3 page to see the video and read a bit more about how easy it was to take.

4th August 2014

Abersoch beach at dawn with groynes, Llyn Peninsula, Wales

An early holiday start got me onto the beach at Abersoch, on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales, to witness the beautiful transition from night, through dawn and onto sunrise.

Click on the link or thumbnail to go to the Abersoch Dawn #1 photo page to read more.