Any day at the beach is a good day..

Whilst I was visiting Bude recently, I had to deliver some pictures that are being featured in an exhibition in Taunton, Somerset.  This journey took me from north Cornwall to south Devon, on into somerset and rather than return the same way I’d come, I decided to drive north to the north Devon Coast.

In 1976, here in the UK, we had the most extraordinary summer.  Weeks of Mediterranean type weather.  I was lucky enough, as an 11 year old boy, to spend that summer staying with a great uncle in North Devon.  Everyday we visited the beach.  Saunton Sands was the destination of choice and this was somewhere I really wanted to revisit.

Unfortunately, the weather was certainly not that of the summer of ’76 however, it was great to see people enjoying the beach regardless.

Saunton Sands - Adrian Theze24mm f/11 1/250 sec. ISO 100

 Saunton Sands - Adrian Theze70mm f/11 1/250 sec. ISO-100

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38 responses

  1. riet


    October 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      October 2, 2016 at 8:36 pm

  2. Wow this is amazing… Keep up

    October 2, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      October 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

  3. Agreed!

    October 2, 2016 at 5:27 pm

  4. Beautiful; colours, processing. Elegant photos.

    October 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    • Thank you Paula! :-)

      October 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

  5. Oh the Summer of ’76 ChillB … we ‘ve talked recently of different memories evoked by those times lol …
    Lovely sweeping vista of Saunton Sands .. what a beach ! That little family you captured eptimomises the carefree late summer early autumn days we’re enjoying at the moment :-) xx lovely !

    October 2, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    • Thank you Poppy, it was nice to see the little ones enjoying the beach despite the weather. The summer of ’76 that just went on and on and on.. yes lots of nice memories from time spent on this beautiful beach! :-) x

      October 3, 2016 at 7:52 am

  6. Wonderful, love the perspective.

    October 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      October 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

  7. Beautiful images Adrian, and like you I can never bear to return the same way as I go.

    October 2, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    • Thank you Jude! :-)

      October 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

  8. Love the reflections and the pale blueness of it all!! : ))

    October 2, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    • Thank you Trees! :-)

      October 3, 2016 at 7:55 am

  9. The beautiful vastness of the ocean and a coastline ~ you’ve captured it in a most graceful way. How the water brings so much life :-)
    Wishing you a great week Adrian ~

    October 3, 2016 at 2:52 am

    • Thank you Randall. The north Devon coastline is particularly beautiful and Saunton Sands just seems to go on forever. A great place for families. I hope you have a great week ahead also! :-)

      October 3, 2016 at 7:57 am

  10. Patricia

    Wonderful and interesting how the look of the sky is changing in the 70mm picture.

    October 3, 2016 at 7:00 am

    • Thank you Patricia! :-)

      October 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

  11. Black Lightness

    I agree with you, any day on beach is good day…good day for make good photos…

    October 3, 2016 at 7:31 am

    • It is indeed! Thank you! :-)

      October 3, 2016 at 9:09 am

  12. Lovely, lovely reflections!

    October 4, 2016 at 1:39 am

    • Thank you very much Lynn. Wet sand is just great! :-)

      October 4, 2016 at 7:54 am

  13. The cloudy weather is a bonus to you as a landscape photographer. Beautiful shots.

    October 4, 2016 at 3:22 am

    • Thank you Mr Dragon. I am often a little disappointed when the sky is blue and the sun is shining. A bit of weather is definitely a bonus for a landscape photographer as you say! :-)

      October 4, 2016 at 7:55 am

  14. I really enjoy the vast and open landscape you have captured here. Beautiful, Adrian.

    October 5, 2016 at 10:09 am

    • Thank you Otto. I remember this beach as a child being seeming to go on forever. When we revisit places as adults, sometimes they seem so small compared to one’s memory and reference as a child. Not so at Saunton Sands. It’s still vast! :-)

      October 5, 2016 at 10:14 am

  15. How I love these images…the immensity of beach and sky and sense of solitude…and I couldn’t agree more with the title of this post. The summer when I was 11 is the one I remember most vividly (though it was spent far from any beach). What a wonderful place this must have been for an 11-year-old boy to spend a summer!

    October 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    • Thank you very much! I have wonderful memories of that summer and yes, it was a wonderful place to spend it! :-)

      October 5, 2016 at 4:11 pm

  16. A couple of fabulous images Adrian. I spent a summer holiday in Bude as a small boy – I don’t remember a lot about it, except we visited Tintagel and Trebarwith.

    October 6, 2016 at 8:02 am

    • Thank you Andy! Trebarwith is such a great place for photography though I don’t suppose you were thinking about that at that time. :-)

      October 6, 2016 at 8:09 am

  17. Beautiful images mate…looks like they are walking on glass.

    October 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    • Thank you Mark. Wet sand, as I found in Iceland too, is incredibly reflective and if you catch the tide just right, the scope for some great photography is there for the taking. :-)

      October 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      • So long as you know what you’re doing….which you most definitely do 😊

        October 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      • Thank you! :-)

        October 8, 2016 at 8:54 am

  18. The wet sand on Saunton Sands looks great and the vast beach is a gem, Adrian. Lovely long exposures!

    October 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    • Thank You Hanne! The reflections were just perfect, even though it was such a dull day! :-)

      October 9, 2016 at 8:33 am