Kirkharle and Capability

Kirkharle is about eighteen miles northeast of Hexham and an ideal distance for a Sunday afternoon drive in the country, particularly when my points tally is in deficit – the consequence of playing golf on both Saturday and Sunday – “oh and by the way I am playing on Monday night as well”.

Kirkharle was the birth place of Capability Brown and to honour this connection there is a lakeside walk along a track that he would have used as a boy to walk to school in nearby Cambo.  It is short and on the flat, perfect for the over-exercised golfer.  On Sunday storm clouds were gathering to the west, another good reason for keeping the amble short. Pointing my camera at the country house I managed to capture a dramatic flare – this is either lucky or incompetent depending on your opinion of the outcome:

Kirkharle

The house looks quite grand but is nothing in comparison to the original Hall.  When the Loraine family fell on hard times in the 19th century it was sold to a local farmer who demolished all but one wing which was rebuilt as a farmhouse – a quite imposing construction nevertheless.

Around the lake the light was a little less dramatic:

Kirkharle

(click on the images to enlarge)

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21 comments

  1. harrienijland · July 9, 2014

    The flare gives the shot a sacral touch. Special!

  2. Cate Franklyn · July 9, 2014

    Great shots. The light in the first shot looks like white lava pouring down from the sky!

    • northumbrianlight · July 9, 2014

      Thanks Cate – it is certainly a surprising effect, not at all evident in the viewfinder (actually, I couldn’t see much at all 🙂 )

  3. Malin H · July 9, 2014

    The famous religious light. 🙂
    I like your images, Robin. As always…

    • northumbrianlight · July 9, 2014

      But not shining on the righteous in this case 🙂
      Many thanks for your consistently kind words ❤

      • Malin H · July 9, 2014

        My pleasure, Robin. ❤

  4. easyweimaraner · July 9, 2014

    Is the original hall the one they have in wikipedia?

  5. LaVagabonde · July 9, 2014

    That flare is very “star-of-Bethelem”. I vote for lucky rather than incompetent.

  6. greenmackenzie · July 9, 2014

    Wonderful…I love lucky/intuitive shots like this 🙂

  7. littledogslaughed · July 10, 2014

    Lovely images both Robin-the top shot with the light breaking through is fabulous-luck shot or not, it’s a keeper for sure!

  8. restlessjo · July 11, 2014

    How have I missed this little stroll? 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · July 11, 2014

      A pleasant stroll but a long distance walker like yourself might find it a bit tame. I think they sell vino in the cafe though 😉

      • restlessjo · July 11, 2014

        Now yer talking! 🙂 I’m tired tonight, anyway.
        It’s wine o’clock. I can open a bottle.

  9. Jo · July 21, 2014

    Wow. just stunning.

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