Durdle Door and the Moon
We were joined by a couple and their dogs who had been on the beach for the sunset. Towards Bat’s Head we could see a solitary photographer. The beach by now was nearly deserted.
Then we could see the Full Moon rising through Durdle Door’s arch.
Thanks to Steve Hubbard’s planning we were in the right place at the right time.
As the Moon rose higher over the horizon we moved back along the beach towards Durdle Door. Keeping the Moon in the arch meant balancing ourselves on the beach just where the sea was breaking on shore. Here’s Steve just about keeping dry.
This was one of my last shots of the Moon through the arch.
Then the unexpected happened as the Moon’s rays shaone through the arch.
By now it was getting quite dark on the beach and we started to pack up and walk back to the cliff steps to leave. Then the second unexpected image occurred of the Moon’s glow over Durdle Door.
This is an unedited image from my iPhone to give an impression of just how dark it was now on the beach.
We chatted to French photographer who was set up at the base of the cliff. He was adding stars to his images of Durdle Door. He planned to be there on the beach well into the night. Our climb off the beach was uneventful only because we had torches and head-band torches to help us see where to stand.
I timed the walk from the beach back up to the public car park at over 30 (exhausting) minutes. Our cup of tea once back in the caravan was very welcome. My iPhone’s Health app had counted my steps and how much I had climbed throughout the day.