Equinox – farewell to a British Summer

Landscapes, People

Today is the autumn equinox – when there is 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. A perfect time to look back with gratitude for what has been lived, with all its joys, sorrows and messiness, and to look forward to a new season. I was blessed to be on holiday and to have plenty of time to walk, think, pray and take photos.

This shot of a seagull overlooking Woolacombe beach, with a few people in the background still enjoying the sunny weather, summed up for me memories of classic British summer holidays.

Later on I returned to a cove at the northern end of Woolacombe to watch the autumn equinox sunset. I had set up with the composition that I was going to work with and was waiting to see how the light developed. Then four surfers walked up from the sea which gave an entirely different feel to what I had anticipated.

An hour or so later l the sunset came. This shot is from a few minutes before the actual sunset time as the sun sank into the cloudbank.

For me these images are about gratitude and reflection mixed with hope amidst the uncertainties of life. A great end to a season.

Technical details.

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lenses: 24-105 mm (seagull) and 17-40 mm at 17 mm for the others
  • Filtration: neutral density grads for the landscapes.