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Breamish Valley and Coquet Valleys December 2015

Many of you will know local Northumbrian, Ian Glendinning from his astronomy and photography hobbies. Relatively recently, he wrote an article for our Cheviot Views newsletter (Issue 18, June 2014, pp.10-12) about stargazing that included some of his stunning photographs of the night sky.

Well, Ian has recently bought himself a camera drone and he’s been flying it up and down the Breamish Valley and the Coquet Valley: and getting some stunning images!

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Cheviot snow

Cheviot snow again

Tried to ride out on my bike today but couldn’t get out of Powburn village as it was far too icy for cycle riding. Slipped a couple of times, so I thought better of it and returned home. But not before taking a few shots of the snow on the Cheviot Hills. We’ve had a few smatterings of snow on the hills since the first snow of autumn but, with the light in just the right direction this morning, it all looked quite spectacular.

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Hedgeley Lakes Autumn views

Hedgeley Lakes Autumn colours

A couple of days ago I walked to and around the Hedgeley Lakes, Powburn. This one-time gravel quarry is now an interesting conservation area under the management of Hedgeley Estates. Even though it doesn’t have the same aspect as Branton Nature Conservation Area (Branton NCA has more planting that breaks up the eye line/skyline around its borders), it has much to offer. There’s wildlife in abundance and the local bird hide provides a welcome place to stop and observe the goings on. The central island was lowered about a year or so ago on the advice of conservationists, who advised that lowering it would encourage more birds to nest there. Indeed, this seems to have worked.

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Powburn sunset

Powburn sunset was magnificent!

Did you see the sunset tonight?

It was spectacular: bright reds, oranges, yellows, magentas and blues. I managed to get some photos before it disappeared forever. You can see how rich the colours were. None of the photos on this page are enhanced and I didn’t use any filters. They are exactly as they came out of the camera.

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