Well it`s too long since my last blog entry, so I thought an update would be in order. Over the last month or so, I've visited the beach and harbour at Seaham for the first time and also visited one of my favourite places in the UK; Ballater in the Scottish highlands. In between I've also taken some more photographs of the ongoing development of the as yet, unnamed bridge across the River Wear; a few miles west of Sunderland City Centre. Other than all being outdoors, there`s a few different types of images. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks, Robin

Scottish Highlands

I had a week`s holiday in Ballater in Aberdeenshire (formerly Royal Deesside), Scotland in the highlands. Ballater itself is a picturesque village on the banks of the River Dee and is around 8 miles from The Queen`s `holiday home` Balmoral. The river is significant as last January it nurst its banks and flooded the village causing widespread damage. When I visited the river was its normal level and sedate and tranquil as usual. With the locals restoring the village the only clues to the carnage were around the river itself; fallen trees, deep gouges in the river banks and the river had also changed course slightly from how I remembered it. Apart from in and around Ballater itself I was also able to get some shots from The National Trust for Scotland`s historic Crathes Castle and its ornamental gardens and as a contrast the waterfall at the Burn O'Vat; only accessible by walking in a stream through a 3 feet wide cut in the granite rock - a magical spot.


  • Ballater Bridge Reflected

    The road bridge across the River Dee at Ballater, Scotland

  • Burn O'Vat

    A close shot of the Burn O'Vat waterfall in the Muir Of Dinnet, Aberdeenshire

  • River Dee

    A low and tranquil River Dee at Ballater, Scotland. The fallen pines on the far bank show some of the damage from the river`s flood in January 2016.

Seaham & The Wear Crossing#

Living in Sunderland for nearly 30 years, I feel slightly ashamed at not discovering the coastline at Seaham (around 6 miles south of Sunderland) any sooner. The town has a small harbour and the pier and lighthouse are quite small too but very striking in my opinion. The beach sits under the cliffs and is quite narrow but long with the remains of groynes jutting out into the tide; no longer protecting the beach front as they once did but giving lots of photo opportunities to a local photographer ! On the other side of Sunderland, the Wear Crossing now stretches fully across the River Wear between Pallion and North Hylton. Now that the structure is `whole`, work concentrates around the road deck and access to the bridge.