Lizzie and I recently went on our second MiniMoon — obviously, a short honeymoon — and the weather was typically autumnal; rain and gales, interspersed with sun.
We visited Devon again — the South Hams and Torbay. I took many photographs, of course, my favourites of which I reproduce here…
At the top of this post is one of the brighter photos from the weekend — a large cargo ship sheltering in Torbay from the blow that was to come on Sunday and Monday. Saturday was the brightest day, and we visited Berry Head, Totnes, and then Paignton…
When we first arrived at Berry Head, the weather was not good; it was dull, and windy, and although the rain had stopped, there was lot of moisture in the air. Things began to brighten slowly:
As we made our way slowly around the perimeter of Berry Head, the weather continued to brighten, although the wind continued to blow, and blew all the small birds away, meaning another day without photographing a cirl bunting.
The boats, trawlers and cargo ships, stood out in the sunshine, and probably made for the best photos, and then we went to Totnes, as Lizzie had never been there. The most important thing about visiting Totnes was to examine the shops; still there was time from some street photography:
After Lizzie had been introduced to Totnes — and we had bought a pile of books from Harlequin — we quickly drove back to Paignton to catch the last of the light. I was taken by this marker:
… and happily discovered my first turnstones, running around on Paignton Harbour side:
And that was Saturday…
On Sunday, we drove over Dartmoor and then to Slapton Sands. The weather was pretty grim on the moor, and I didn’t like many of my photos from there. I wasn’t happy until we got to Ivybridge, where I photographed the Erme running between the bridges:
We carried on towards Slapton Sands…
The beach at Slapton creates a spit or bank behind which a freshwater lake, Slapton Ley, has been created. We arrived too late to see any exotic birds that might have landed on the lake, or were making sport in the reeds and bushes around it, as the sun was soon to set:
We left Devon on the Monday, travelling back to Wiltshire via Seaton. Lyme Regis and Bridport. Of course, it was by now raining again, and the wind was howling.
We first stopped along the Axe estuary at Seaton, looking for birds. The tide was in, and it was raining, but we saw some black-tailed godwits. We then headed to Lyme Regis so Lizzie could walk along the Cobb. However, the wind was far too strong for that.
After a soaking at Lyme, we drove along to Bridport Harbour and West Bay. The wind was still strong, and misted the beach with spindrift:
And I finally found a nicely posed bird: