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During our stay in Northumberland, we passed this lovely village on numerous occasions, always with the same comment from my youngest boy, “Look…. Balamory.” (Note: to see the connection of what I mean view Tobermory where Balamory is filmed…. the coloured houses)
Alnmouth is a village in Northumberland, England. It is about 4 miles from the lovely village of Alnwick and it’s lovely castle.
Located at the mouth of the River Aln, the village has been an important trading port in Northumberland’s past, mainly involved in the export of grain, as well as being noted as a haven for smuggling. Due to the trade in grain, the village contained a number of granaries.
During the American War of Independence, Alnmouth was attacked by the American privateer John Paul Jones. On September 23rd 1779, Jones fired a canon ball at the town; fortunately it missed the church tower and landed in a field before striking a farmhouse roof.
The port declined after the river changed course during a violent storm in 1806. This incident also resulted in the original church which stood on Church Hill being destroyed, however, the church had already suffered much erosion by the river and was in a state of collapse. After the loss of the grain exports, the old granaries were converted to houses.
Today, Alnmouth is a popular tourist resort. It is within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village boasts the fourth oldest golf course in the country, which I would love to come and try sometime in the future.

This is a HDR image combining 3 bracketed photos using Photomatix Pro for Mac.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS Zoom Lens (@ 260mm)
1/80, 1/200, 1/500
ISO 250

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • Gordon Pressley
    Gordon Pressleyover 4 years ago
    Beautiful image Shawn.. :)
  • Thank you my friend. It is a lovely little village. We took the kids to the playground area. What a wonderful day out. I want to go back and explore the village a bit more. I should have put in the info that I took this shot in very late afternoon as the sun was going down, hence the warm glow on the town.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Super pictures; lovely colours!

  • Thank you greatly David. That’s a wonderful compliment bud. The colours of the houses are really striking indeed. That’s why my son called it balamory. I thought it was quite cute of him.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 4 years ago

    beautiful capture and colors

  • Thank you so much George. I love the colorful row of houses. It gives the town so much character. I really appreciate the compliment my friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Lovely charming buildings!

  • I agree with you. There is something so inviting about them. Thank you my dear friend for that lovely compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • It is always a pleasure my friend. Thank you for the visit. I appreciate it. I hope that this work keeps up the wonderfully high standard of the group.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • That is wonderful. it is always so lovely to have my photos featured. Thank you so much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Judy Woodman
    Judy Woodmanover 4 years ago

    with every lovely shot I am more determined to visit one day.

  • Well come on my friend. I would love to show ya’ll around.I thank you for the wonderful compliment.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Well composed Bradley, with and excellenty POV, and DOF…Congrats on your fave…enjoyed the read as well…inst fave BTW!!!

  • Thank you my wonderful friend. You are such a great encouragement. Thank you for the fave.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work Bradley and congratulations on feature. Tony

  • That is wonderfully kind of you Tony. What a marvelous compliment. It means a lot to me. There is something so soothing about the calm scene and those colourful houses.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture of this beautiful colourful little village Bradley.

  • I’m sorry that I haven’t replied before now my friend. Thank you so much for your kind compliment. It is a lovely little village and I do look forward to returning here next year. Have a blessed Christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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