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The Norfolk fog isn’t going to stop me!

Holkham beach, early morning

The weather doesn’t have to be glorious to reveal the beauty of the landscape. However, on a recent long weekend in Norfolk, the weather was so miserably wet, dank, dark, foggy, dingy, misty and downright sodden, that I had to battle against every normal human inclination to haul myself out of bed to go and take photos. Alone, of course, as the rest of the family were far too wise to get up so early….

Dawn at Holkham

And who can blame them…? It was cold, very. And wet….

Wells Next The Sea

Tide out. Boats ride the sand waves

So, here’s the dilemma: is it better to stay in bed – warm, soft, dreamy…, or to get out there into the freezing fog and go and see something that might be remembered for ever…?

Beach huts at Wells next The Sea

Actually, I’m not the only idiot to choose the latter and freeze in the fog. This beach, shrouded in mist, was surprisingly busy, even at 7 in the morning. Dog walkers, refuse collectors, early morning twitchers (ha! they were optimists in the gloom… you could hear the birds, just couldn’t see them!) people just out for a stroll. Atmospheric.

cold spider’s web

more beach huts

Can you guess what one of these beach huts costs? Have a go…., don’t look on to the next sentence, have a guess….

£67,000….       each.

Clearly I need to come back in high summer and check out how a hut can be worth so much…

But I do think one thing is undeniable. Even in the frankly miserable weather, the Norfolk cost is most definitely, beautiful.

How much!?!

Now, how about waking up that lazy family of mine! I demand a cooked breakfast!!!

(If you liked this post, check out: Possibly the best beach in the world )


Possibly the best beach in the world….

Just before sunrise...

I guess the definition of a great beach is different for everyone. Personally I love beaches that are big, windswept, and preferably empty of people. And that’s what I got here at Holkham beach in Norfolk, although to be honest I had to get up at 5am to make sure no-one else would be around…

Sun rising

This is the view in-land. Swivel the camera around on the tripod and then the beach itself is revealed. And a beauty it is too:

Empty, gorgeous.

Now, getting up this early isn’t easy. Especially if you have to stay some way away from the location you want to photograph. I tease Mrs P that we should really invest in a VW camper van and just overnight as close to the  photographic area as possible. The idea gets short-shrift. A certain level of luxury is a Mrs P prerequisite, and camping is never going to cut it… (Click here for previous misadventures under canvas)

Look at all that space!

Right in the far distance someone is strolling into my shot...

And if it does get a bit crowded (at its most there were maybe 4 people on this beach at any one time…), then the photographer can switch from vista to close ups:

Shapes in the sand made by wind whipped grass

Sand and Sky

Late afternoon glow

And then all returns to emptiness as dusk approaches. Not a person around to witness the glorious colour show. Majestic!

Just after Sunset