Photographic Journey Around Lindisfarne, The Holy Island

How do you describe a place that seems magical, shrouded in myths and legends, been invaded by vikings and has hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting each year. You don’t, well at least I don’t. Plenty has been written about the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, (hint, follow the links through this post), so I’m just going to show you some photographs and do it my way by saying it with a camera. Well, I might add a few words just to keep it flowing. So let’s get going…..


That’s Holy Island in the distance. To reach it you have to cross the sea, well it is an island, but only when the tide is out. Otherwise you could find yourself in danger


Believe it or not about once a month someone does not look at the tide table….and when they get in trouble that little wooden box is their safe place. Of course their car is a total write-off and the insurers just love the fact that they didn’t look at the tables.


Lindisfarne has a castle

Lindisfarne Castle

….and a church, actually it’s got more than one

Stained Glass

and inside one church is an amazing wood carving

The Journey

oh, and don’t forget the ruins of the priory, visited by Viking raiding parties

Lindisfarne Priory

At this time of the year, spring flowers are in abundance, on the meadows, on rocky cliffs

Spring Flowers

and country lanes

The Lane

Fog on a hot sunny day, it can’t be, but it is. I told you this place was mystical.

Strange Mist

That’s it. I hope you enjoyed the photographs.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant

Better late than never, but having only just got home I’ve been struggling to get this weeks challenge completed in time, especially as I really wanted to show you some photographs from Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. So a quick compromise. One photograph taken several years back during a photowalk around Liverpool.

Photograph Me

That’s all folks, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

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Lindisfarne – A Holy Island

I’m back. Just had a great week in the county of Northumberland which borders the England/Scotland border. Now us Scots, being a warlike nation in past times, always had an eye for this part of the country, and so as evidence of its violent history, Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England. At the far north of the county the predominant accent seems to be more Scottish than English. So as you can guess I felt quite at home, especially as the shops sell rare Scottish delicacies like Haggis, Tattie Scones, Scotch Pies, and SnowBalls. Heaven, shear Heaven

However, that aside I was there to try and capture some of the great scenery that can be found in Northumberland. One of the places I really wanted to visit was island of Lindisfarne, which lies just off the coast, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, our base for this trip. The island has a very small population of about 160 persons, but tourism increases the number of people to be found on the island quite dramatically to the tune of roughly 650,000 visitors every year. That’s a lot of tourists

Lindisfarne is very rarely referred to by its Anglo-Saxon name by locals. In 793AD the Vikings carried out a murderous and bloodthirsty attack on the monastery. Later monks from Durham  made an observation; “Lindisfarne – baptised in the blood of so many good men – truly a ‘Holy Island”. Nowadays the more appropriate title is ‘The Holy Island of Lindisfarne’.

And so to a photograph.


Linking the island with the mainland is a causeway that is about two miles long. At low tides you can safely cross to Lindisfarne but at high tides the road is under water. Should you happen to misjudge the tide there is a refuge hut you can shelter in. Whilst I was on the island I was talking to a local. he told me that the tide can rise 2 inches (5 centimetres) every 4 minutes and that the tide has been known to reach the top of the stairs, level with the floor of the hut. I haven’t been able to verify this but I’ve no reason to believe he would tell me anything other than the truth but here’s a short video to show you what it’s like. Look at the way that water is moving. If you want to skip the pre-amble then have a look at 2:10 and 2:42. The video was shot from the mainland side, the causeway road runs along the side of the island to the right of the scene until it reaches higher ground.

Over the weekend I will write a post with more photographs from the island.

A Big Thank You

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of your for your comments and follows on my blog over the past week. As you can guess it has been pretty hectic since my article about Ansell Adams was published as an Editor’s pick on WordPress Discover. Not that I’m complaining.


At the moment I’m busy trying to prepare for a holiday starting Monday and at the same time acknowledge all the comments that you have submitted over the past few days. As well as try to have a look at all the bloggers who have chosen to follow Say It With A Camera. Hopefully I will get around to acknowledging all your comments before I go on holiday as once I am away I have very limited access to the internet. You’ve got to take a break sometime.

But in going away I’m also taking my camera and will probably end up shooting a lot of photographs as we are visiting the rugged North East coast of England and maybe a short trip into Scotland as well

The photograph was taken in South Africa just outside Cape Town An evening of Motivation and Music.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

I’m not a stats orientated person, I very rarely look at the stats that WordPress but as of 18:50 UK time the number of views today has been about 340. Checking through the stats it looks like on a normal day it averages about 40. So what has caused this sudden surge? It’s all due to my blog post about Ansell Adams being featured as an Editors Pick on Discover. It’s been manic. My email has been pinging constantly all day with notifications about new followers and a lot of comments requiring moderation. I am trying to acknowledge the comments as soon as I can and I’d like to say “thank you” to you all for making my life so busy today. If I don’t get around to replying to your comments today I will tomorrow.

Right onto this weeks challenge which is Earth. Interesting choice and I was debating which way to go with this one. In the end I decided to stick with what I do best – landscape photographs – so here’s a selection.

Long, long time ago I used to live in Weston-super-Mare or Weston-super-Mud. Great beaches, beautiful sand but venture beyond those danger signs, and people do, and you are taking your life in your hands. Thick, cloying mud, combined with one of the highest tides in the world and a tide that comes in fast means that if you get stuck out there, you better hope they can get to you fast. Fortunately after several deaths they now have a specialised rescue team that carries equipment to get anyone stuck out of the mud fast.

Danger Sinking Mud

Take the historic Steam Railway out of Porth Madog which winds it’s way through parts of Snowdonia to Blaenau Ffestiniog and you will have to cross the Cob. Don’t you just love these beautiful Welsh place names? I know I do. I never pronounce them right, although I’m slowly getting the hang of some of them, but that’s another story. Anyway crossing the Cob you get this great view into the Snowdonia National Park.

From The Cob

On the North Coast of Anglesey, South Stack Lighthouse sits on a small rocky island  called Ynys Lawd. To reach the lighthouse you need to go down a switchback stairway of over 400 steps which go down the cliff face. Of course, what goes down must come back up so that’s another 400 steps. Not easy if you are carrying a load of photography gear and it’s a very windy day.

South Stack Lighthouse

The groyne markers at Prestatyn Beach, where I live, are pretty uninteresting to photograph. But throw in a dramatic sunset and they become something else, especially in silhouette.

Sunset At Prestatyn

Finally, I’d like to leave you with this photograph of a lone tree in a field of yellow rape seed flowers. I took this photograph about six years ago and every year I watch the field to see if the farmer will plant it again, but he never does. Shame really because I don’t think I did it justice first time round and I’d like to have another go at it.

Field Of Yellow

Next week I will be away from North Wales for about ten days with limited internet access. I’m off in search of castles and rivers on the North East coast of England, right on the border with Scotland. I might even venture, if I have time, into my home country, but who knows. So of course that means I probably will not be posting for a short while until I get back.

That’s it for this week. As usual here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

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