North Sea, Bamburgh, Northumberland

I was in Berwick upon Tweed and noticed that in the far distance, huge surf waves were breaking beyond the harbour, at the mouth of the River Tweed. I decided to take a look at the beach below Bamburgh Castle, a few miles to the south, where spectacular sets of waves were pounding in from a very windy North Sea. There was just enough time to take a series of photographs before the light faded after sunset on a short November afternoon. The high winds and spring tides created huge waves, whilst the seabird glided effortlessly over the surf, completely at ease and at home amidst this display of the power of the sea. That evening, a North Sea storm surge came within inches of sweeping over the flood defences at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.