Hopes of a spectacular sunrise over the Northumberland coast were thwarted by thick cloud. However as the sun rose and the sea receded, the clouds began to break up. I was drawn to the vast expanse of the deserted, drying beach which echoed the pattern of the mottled clouds. The Farne Islands give a point of interest on the horizon. These islands were the scene of a dramatic rescue in 1838 when Grace Darling and her lighthouse keeper father, rowed through stormy seas to rescue the survivors of the Forfarshire paddle steamer which had run aground on the treacherous rocks. The Islands are now a bird and wildlife sanctuary.
Photo © copyright by Graham Chalmers.