Before Christmas I decided to book a few days in Whitby so that I could partake of seaside therapy and as it was literally only a few pounds to extend my stay I booked my apartment for a full week.
What an inspired action that was as it meant that I was able to revisit one of my favourite locations, Saltwick Bay. It used to be an alum mine and is now renowned for it's fossils, shipwreck and the glorious shale shelf which provides years of entertainment for the enthusiastic photographer.
I got up at 6.30am to get there before first light. As I was putting on my wellies I could see that the sky was starting to turn an amazing deep red and there was still an hour left before sunrise but I didn't want to miss a moment. I had to pick my way down the cliff as there was lots of ice on the steps but then I galloped across the beach to Black Nab and The Admiral so that I could get out my camera.
The whole session (almost 2 hours) was absolutely amazing as the colours were to die for. Now I'm back in my apartment and editing I have had to reduce the saturations levels massively and I only used a 2 stop grad filter.
When I returned to the car Benjy had sunk into the melting mud and he refused to reverse out. Fortunately a passing surfer obliged and pushed him free. Surfing! In this weather? Really? It takes all sorts but I'm very grateful he was there volunteering to help a damsel in distress.