Dunstanburgh Castle occupies a lonely crag overlooking a spectacular beach of wave-rounded basalt boulders. In winter, the sun rises behind the castle as seen from this viewpoint, giving the possibility of a colourful sky. Basalt is dark and needs to be wet in order to bring it to life. This visit to Northumberland was scheduled for a day on which high tide fell about two hours before sunrise, so the falling tide would leave wet rocks surrounded by softly flowing water towards the top of the beach.
F/16, 2.5 seconds, ISO 200
Accepted: Cheltenham 2020