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Monday

I seem to have entered a phase of people watching. Maybe it's because the National Trust car park behind me that opens up the short path to the lighthouse is closed at the moment, but there's something very rewarding in watching people strolling along in quiet contentment. I've no idea who this couple is, or what life brings to them on a daily basis, but in these moments at least, they look carefree and happy as the summer months race towards us all.

 

We made our way down here on Monday after another day of working from home. Usually I'm alone, or with Lee and Dave when I have the camera, but my partner Ali is quite happy striding along the two miles of sand on her own, and then back across the dunes while I stand about waiting for the light to do something interesting. She's extraordinarily patient at times.

More often than not the sky will look promising, only for a bank of cloud to appear on the horizon just before sunset and denying us a blazing evening sky. It happened again on Monday, and a band of intense orange, mirrored in the wet sand left by the outgoing tide, was accompanied by an uninspiring grey curtain in between. So it's good to have a back up plan in mind for these moments, as provided by the unsuspecting subjects of this image. It feels like their evening should have ended up in a quiet pub garden. I wonder how long before we'll be able to do that again.

 

It looks like we'll be here for the whole of the summer, which won't be a hardship. Although maybe I need to invest in a more robust wetsuit and start making the most of the surf.

 

 

 

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Taken on May 18, 2020