When the sun goes down in the city, it’s a beautiful sight to behold. Usually I post my pictures from my evening wanderings on Twitter, but it occurred to me that I should post them here too. It gives me an easier record to refer back to, and of course, it’s a pleasure to show them to you.
If you don’t know Norwich, it is a stunning mediaeval city in the east of England. With oodles of history to enjoy: two cathedrals, a castle, an old city wall, and many boom towers. Its lifeblood is the River Wensum, a chalk river. Norwich is known as the City of Stories, following its appointment as the UNESCO City of Literature.
Norwich Cathedral is my favourite place in all the city to photograph. I can’t even count how many pictures I have taken of it over the years. For me it is the rock of the city (made from Caen rock as it happens), standing strong through wars, plagues, floods and more. I look to it as a sign of enduring hope and love.
I hope you will enjoy these pictures. I tend to use my phone camera on evening wanders instead of my DSLR.
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With the Norfolk Broads only 15 minutes down the road from me, I have a wealth of photographic inspiration to call upon.
A few years ago, I spent a lot of time on the Norfolk coast, and I still love visiting when I can, but living in Norwich, I now realize I have never investigated the Norfolk Broads nearly thoroughly enough.
Sure, over the years I have been on day boats and shot my fair share of images, but it’s only since the 2020 pandemic that I have begun to truly appreciate all the Norfolk Broads have to offer. This is also thanks to my boyfriend who really loves the Norfolk Broads, having sailed them since he was a boy. He knows them well, and has been a good guide. He is my spotter, my extra pair of eyes. I recommend a good spotter when you are out taking photographs. I know I would have missed kingfishers, owls, deer and much more had I not had him by my side. He loves nature, and has taught me so much. While I’m staring at the sky, working out composition, or trying to attain the best angle, he is shouting at me to look to the right, the left, north, or just by that bush or tree!
The images shown above, are of St Benet’s Abbey ruins, winter sunsets reflected in streams near the Abbey and a view of Thurne Mill beneath a sail. All are available to buy via the link. Choose your format/frame/mount colour – free UK delivery.
A picture is worth a thousand words so they say. It is hard to convey the real beauty of places in one picture. But also, quality over quantity, so it’s important to consider each image carefully, to show the scene uniquely from your own viewpoint.
Although of course, I want to sell my work, I don’t solely think about this when I am out photographing in the wilds of Norfolk. When I am out on the marshes, my primary goal is to create something unique. To grasp a moment in time that will never happen again and show it.
While (hopefully) there will be many more sunsets to enjoy, the sky will never quite look the same as it did on the evening I shot the images above. This makes them truly unique. There will never be a moment again when I capture Thurne Mill from this exact spot, beneath a sail. The light will never fall exactly as it did on St Benet’s Abbey ruins from this exact angle.
This is what addicts me to photography, the uniqueness of each moment, and the image created from it.
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The Norfolk broads aren’t only beautiful in summer, they have their charms all year round.
On a recent visit to Barton Turf, I pondered as to why people don’t take their boats out in winter too. There is so much to see and the vast Norfolk skies are spectacular all year round. You can see so much wildlife: owls, swans, geese, birds of prey, and sometimes, if you are really lucky… an otter.
I know the skies look threatening in the pictures above, but all you have to do is wear the right gear to fend off the raindrops and wind.
We discovered the boardwalk to Barton Turf broad this weekend. Such vast waters in which to enjoy the sky reflections. A magical and peaceful spot. I can’t wait to return as spring develops. It’s easy to access via wheelchair. I also spotted metal signs in braille.
Dogs aren’t allowed, other than assist dogs, so bear that in mind if you are visiting. I think this is because of concerns for the wildlife. I know this may upset some dog owners, but I’m sure they would appreciate that not all are responsible.
If you are planning to take photographs, I would recommend visiting early morning or late afternoon. This is when you will get the best light, and you are likely to see and hear more wildlife.
Stop, enjoy the peace. Take time to listen out for birdcall. The Norfolk Broads are made to be loved and appreciated.
Barton is the second largest of the Norfolk Broads at 0.6332 square miles, the largest broad in the Ant Valley. You can read more details about it here at NorfolkBroads.com
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St Benet’s Abbey and windmill – a photographic blog
Winter sunsets at and around the atmospheric and historic St Benet’s Abbey and mill ruins on the banks of the River Bure in Norfolk.
This is such a special place in Norfolk with legends of ghostly monks, once inhabitants of a remote medieval monastery.
The wooden cross with the word ‘peace’ with geese flying past.
On a winter’s afternoon, aside from stunning medieval ruins, there is much wildlife to enjoy too. We saw geese, barn owls, swans and birds of prey in a very short time.
I got as close as I could to this beautiful young barn owl. The pastel pink of the lowering sun providing a pretty frame around him/her.
My main preoccupation was the stunning sunset on this visit. It was truly spectacular.
The colours changed at every moment. The sky turning from deep blue to pastel shades of pink and lilac, then to golden. My tip is to stay for the duration of any sunset as you will see the most incredible light display evolve. Never think its over until that fire ball finally slips below the horizon, and darkness finally drops like a blanket over your head.
The best times to visit to see wildlife is early morning or late afternoon. That’s when you will see the owls hunting and they come quite close. Be prepared to brush shoulders with other photographers! It’s always good to ask where they have seen the wildlife. People who love nature are happy to share their experiences.
This is a beautiful place, go and enjoy it in peace.
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While many head to Walsingham to see the snowdrop spectacle, as did I, a couple of weeks ago, there are some other pretty spots to view these magical white flowers. Raveningham gardens are well worth a visit too.
It was my first trip there, and the spring-like weather made it even more of a treat. The gardens are open every day apart from Saturdays in February and every Sunday, is a fundraiser for Priscilla Bacon Lodge.
Whether you love to photograph the snowdrops or not, Raveningham Hall Gardens are a truly idyllic place to wander. Plenty of other beautiful flowers to see too, such as the crocuses.
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