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A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Archive for April 2008

Step into foam

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Marsden Rock, South Shields

Marsden Rock, South Shields

As promised in my post yesterday, here is the view from the patio of the world famous Marsden Grotto in South Shields.

Normally you can expect to see an expanse of the broad pebbled beach leading towards Marsden Rock but on this day the tide was so high that it was in danger of breaching the wall making the bar and restaurant awash with this deep foam creating sea water! (This has happened on a few occasions in the past). The water here is only four or five feet from the patio wall and the steps leading to the beach!

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/750 second, f5.6, iso 200

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Written by curly

April 30, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Beach, Colour, Seascapes, South Shields

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Lot’s Wife

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Marsden Bay, South Shields

Marsden Bay, South Shields

I took this picture of Lot’s Wife during a high tide in Marsden Bay which was stiffened by a northerly wind, and it was whipping the surf and the waves into this spectacular sea foam that lay all around the beach.

Lot’s Wife is the name that we give to the perpendicular stack of rock in the middle distance, tomorrow I’ll show you the view from the patio of the world famous Marsden Grotto in South Shields.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 8mm lens, 1/30 second, f22, iso 200

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Written by curly

April 29, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Beach, Colour, Landscapes, Seascapes, South Shields

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A Big Thank You

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Curly, South Shields

Curly, by his dad!

I’d like to say a big thank you to all the members of the City Daily Photo network who contributed, supported, and helped raise the profile of this post that I made on 24th. March in my other blog. The issue is an emotive one and also a political one because it touches on areas of law and public perceptions of how we deal with fears surrounding paedophiles and terrorists, as well as some Orwellian “Big Brother” aspects.

The matter has now been put down for consideration in the British House of Commons after Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell tabled an Early Day Motion, it has also been featured and incorporated into a campaign by the Press Gazette, and our Foreign Secretary (and South Shields MP) David Miliband unexpectedly wrote to me with the thoughts of Home Office minister Tony McNulty.

The contentious issue of the rights of photographers (amateur or professional) was also aired on the BBC’s Breakfast Time last week, and because of the way you have helped to raise the profile worldwide, it has also appeared on the front page of Boing Boing, one of the internet’s biggest collaborative blogs.

As hobbyists, amateurs, or professionals, we must all stick together and remain united in our desire to record our world as we see it through the lens of our camera, we must ensure that material is available for future generations so that they can appreciate mankind’s progress (or lack of) during the early decades of this new millennium. We must remind the rest of society that the world would be a much duller place without pictures, and that often the greater dangers come from those close to us, rather than from strangers.

Thank you again for your support.

Curly’s dad is 77, but still enjoys taking pictures in public. This is me photographing him, in his South Shields garden.

Camera details; Kodak C330 zoom digital, 35mm lens, 1/430 second, f2.7, iso 80

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April 28, 2008 at 12:01 am

“Shiver me timbers”

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Pancake Race, South Shields

Pirates prepare to board

Argh, Jim lad, one of the pieces of eight from the archives today me hearties.

Just as proof that sometimes you can have real fun photographing people here in South Shields. I found this motley crew in King Street getting ready for a recent fun event, I think they were representing the Shields Gazette in this team pursuit.

Anyone care to take a guess what the evnt was? You may have go back a few posts to find a clue!

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/30 second, f3.5, iso 200 flash fired.

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April 27, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Events, Fun, People, South Shields

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Distant memories

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Trow Quarry, South Shields

Looking across Trow Quarry, South Shields, at peace with a lily.

I remember this view,

as a child and an adult too.

Do you remember, it was oh so long ago, we played on The Leas with footballs and kites,

we walked forever whether at morning or during summer nights.

The wind blew through my hair as we gazed at the ships out there,

and you dreamed of a life at sea and building a life we could share.

I remember this view,

as a child and as an adult too.

The beach beyond was a world of fun, in the longer days that were warmed with the sun,

the grass in winter became a blanket of white, and we sledged down Blackberry Hills, just for fun.

We brought our children here so they could spend their time,

watching and waiting for traffic leaving the River Tyne.

I remember this view,

as a child and an adult too.

I hope you will remember us for ever and a day,

and the life we lived in South Shields with it’s carnivals, hooray!

Remember us, and remember this view forever,

and one day, once again, we will be united together.

There are scores of these seats along the paths that snake across the cliff tops in South Shields, bought by families and dedicated to their loved ones to provide a resting place for weary legs making the four mile walk from Whitburn. The money raised goes directly to the National Trust and helps them to maintain The Leas, those wide swarthes of grassy goodness that makes our coastline a joy to visit.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/125th. second, f9.5, iso 200

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April 26, 2008 at 12:01 am

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Soaked in sunlight

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buildings

Quadrus Centre, Boldon

The Quadrus Centre in Boldon is on the outskirts of South Shields and many people view this office building as a contemporary work of art, with it’s intrinsic simplicity and “green” credentials. Great importance has been attached to it’s construction using renewable materials wherever possible, and with all wood sourced from well stewarded forests, it’s design incorporates much of what the environmental lobby has been looking for in recent years although it’s “cubist” looks are not necessarily loved by all. Set in a small area of wild parkland with a deep lake fronting the building, it has become a haven for birds, ducks, geese, and other wildlife.

Personally I love the way that it’s cedar clad exterior tends to soak up the available sunlight as it faces west at sun down, and it emits a warm golden glow from a single face, the rest of the building just merges into deep shadow.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/180 second, f5.6, iso 200

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April 25, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Buildings, Colour, Night, South Shields

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St. George’s Day

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Readhead Park, South Shields

Readhead Park

Yesterday we celebrated St. George’s Day in England, it passed without much of a mention here in South Shields, which was a disappointment to say the least. St. George is the patron saint of England and yet we tend to spend more time and money celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a sad reflection of our respect for our country.

One of the few flags of St. George that I found flying in South Shields was in a lonely corner of the Readhead Park on Sunderland Road, tucked away in the fenced off bowling green.

I went to the pub last night to watch Manchester United playing Barcelona in the semi-final of the European Champions League and not a single flag of St. George was on display, yet when England’s national football team reaches a European or World Cup final, the pubs are festooned with flags – such a sad situation.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/90 second, f8, iso 200

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Written by curly

April 24, 2008 at 12:19 am

Posted in Colour, Events, Parks, South Shields

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