Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise, week 23.

Saturday morning of week 23 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. One nice thing about this time of year, with the sun rising so early in the morning I can visit any of my shoreline spots and have it to myself.

A still morning with some nice reflections on the water.

A sunrise over Colpoy's Bay.

Orange on yellow.

A pair of Common Red Soldier Beetles mating on Ragwort flowers. Despite the common English name I’d describe them as orange rather than red.

The Soldier part of the common English name comes from the colour pattern supposedly reminiscent of the red uniforms of early British soldiers.

A film shot from my archives. Taken in Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s.

Soldier Beetles mating on Ragwort flowers.

Week 23. An old barn at sunrise.

Week 23 saw me on a local side road for the sunrise. At this time of year the sun rises far enough in the North East to illuminate the side of the barn nicely.

Because of the big difference in brightness between the sky and the foreground I spent some time trying different combinations of graduated neutral density filters trying to find a balance between the two.

Old barn in the spring.

“Wot you lookin’ at?”

An Eastern Chipmunk checking what the photographer is up to.

I was using my ground pod to get as low to the ground and as close as possible to eye level with the birds, squirrels and chipmunks in the yard. As a result, the Chipmunk would occasionally stand up on its hind legs to get a better view of me. For some reason, in my mind it’s got a belligerent Cockney accent.

Checking out the photographer.