Shadows and Light at an Aberdeenshire Beach

shadows at st combs beach in Aberdeenshire

We know extremes of light and dark in Scotland. At the height of summer it never gets properly dark; around the time of the winter solstice it barely gets light. But just now, in Autumn, the low sun illuminates spaces and objects from an angle that highlights both shadows and glorious brightness. Oh, the photo-taking opportunities!

River running into the sea at St. Combs beach in Aberdeenshire:

river at the beach

White frothy waves crash against grey rocks:

waves crash at St Combs beach

More rocks and sand and sky and a bonfire all ready to burn:


The break in the clouds is brief, the sand darkens under a blue and white patchwork sky:

clouds and shadows at the beach
Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair, out 2021

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the kidnapped children and young people of Aberdeen. The story follows the adventures of Elizabeth Manteith from the castle and her determined efforts to get back home. There’s love. There’s derring-dos on the high seas… And there’s chocolate!

See the publisher’s Press Release here

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10 Replies to “Shadows and Light at an Aberdeenshire Beach”

  1. What lovely images. Something about the second one really gets me – I can taste a tang of salt and a feel a hint of colder days to come on the breeze over that water…!

  2. Thank you all for your lovely comments! The light conditions were constantly changing and spectacular that morning. Point and click 🙂

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