Last Day’s Sun

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This is the very last sunrise of 2014, and it was a corker!

I first discovered this Mudeford Beach location at the tail end of the summer and immediately added it high on my list of locations. That meant waiting several months for the sun to move round to the right place, picking a morning when the sunrise coincided with a high tide – which happened to be New Year’s Eve – and clambering out of my warm and comfortable bed at 5 in the morning. That’s actually quite a tame sunrise time as it happens.

The conditions were exactly what I needed for the foreground, with a strong wind whipping up the incoming tide, but what had started as a mild covering of clouds (perfect) quickly turned into an overcast sky (not perfect).

Once the sun had been and gone, I thought I’d pretty much had it, until it broke through in one of the most incredible displays of light I’ve ever seen. Something poignant about watching the very last sunrise of the year, and a very satisfying one knowing I’d finished 2014 on a photographic high note.

You’d be amazed how often I forget I’m wearing a head torch and end up walking down the street in broad daylight with it on!

Part of the Hengistbury Head, Mudeford and Barton collection.

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