I've just realised it's the autumn equinox today but much as I am looking forward to the beautiful colours of autumn, in this post I'm taking one last look back to Summer. Specifically to an evening I spent at Cornborough Range on the North Devon coast.
Cornborough Range is an expanse of rock only revealed at low tide and contains a wealth of coastal wildlife. It's one of the few places where you can access the beach from the cliffs that run along this stretch of the South West Coast Path but it is often deserted, even in the height of the British summer holidays. No doubt the mile or so walk from the nearest car park plays a part!
It's a shame that most visitors miss this spot but it does mean I can enjoy the beach all to myself with only the occasional walker peering over the cliff. Perfect. The evening started off with the remains of the day's rain clouds moving inland to leave clear sky over the Atlantic. With the sun already low in the sky, this created a great combination of drama in the sky and warm lighting on the landscape. I made a few images at the top of Cornborough Cliff where the windswept grass made for a great foreground. Shortly afterwards I was on the beach. Sadly the clouds were soon all but gone but not before turning a lovely pink.
You really don't have to walk too far to find compositions which are literally at your feet almost wherever you walk. I'm always surprised that I've seen so few photographs taken from Cornborough Range. Most seem to be taken from the cliffs. I don't ponder this for long though and I am soon at work making the most of the light.
I hung around for a while after sunset in case anything interesting happened but, as I suspected, the upper atmosphere was relatively clear that day and there was to be no interesting dusk display. Time to return to civilisation.