The Broads National Park is made up of scenic waterways, rare wildlife and rich history.. A popular sunset destination for photographers and visitors alike is How Hill especially during the winter months when many of the boats are dry docked. The How Hill Estate is a study centre with a fine large, thatched Edwardian house set in acres of reed, marsh, woodland and a small broad, together with a marshman's cottage, secret garden and three restored drainage mills. Further details can be found here https://howhilltrust.org.uk
My other favourite location is Brograve Mill. This derelict mill has just the two stocks and two stubs of the original sails remain and the mill has a very westward lean to it. The question is though, did Sir Berney Brograve really hide from the devil here? Just don’t walk back to the car on your own after sunset. You might get spooked!
Horsey boasts an early 20th century drainage windmill on the Broads
Dusk (Broads National Park)
The Norfolk Broads is a National Park with over 125 miles of lock-free waterways
St Benet's Abbey , Near Ludham ,Norfolk
It is thought that the 12th century Abbey was a powerful player in tudor times,.When Henry VIII shut down monasteries across England, St Benet’s was the only one not officially closed. Two centuries later a 14th century mill was built in the ruins of the Abbey- why you ask yourself?
Thurne Mill repainted thanks to donations and volunteers in 2018
Arguably the most photographed windmill in the National Park. Thurne Mill was built in 1820 by the millwrights England & Co of Ludham, Norfolk. Then in 1949, It was saved by the late Bob Morse who set to task to renovate the then derelict mill. Today volunteers and donations keep this mill working for others to enjoy.
The white painted windpump at Thurne is one of the most distinctive of the Broadland windpumps and much photographed by visitors. The mill is leased to the Norfolk Windmill Trust and it takes £6000 a year to keep Thurne Mill white, turning and open.
A short walk in the grounds of How Hill staithe and you will find wonderful views of Boardman's Mill.
A "Skeleton Mill" aka Boardmans Mill
Boardman's Drainage Windmill is located at How Hill near ludham. Why a skeleton mill ? This mill is constructed from an open framed timber trestle method and is now a grade ii listed building.
Her'on Broads National Park, Norfolk
The grey heron is a very large shy bird. Its body can be up to 60cm long and its wingspan of up to 175cm – about 6 feet.
Brograve Mill at Sunset
The Brograve windmill is now lying in an extremely dilapidated and unsafe state. Built way back in 1771 by Sir Berney Brograve, it is thought to have last worked around 1930. It's around a miles walk from Horsey Mere and well worth the visit, even if it is thought to be haunted. The haunting tale of a Waxham man said to have sold his soul to the devil.
Shortlisted in the 70th Anniversary of National Parks 2019 photo competition
Helen wote “I would like to think of my images as unique as I aspire to capture the emotional impact at that given time. My own photography gives me the chance to be out and about on my own with nobody to answer to. My day job is very stressful and I very often describe my paid full time work and my photography as my “yin and yang” in life. Being by the waters edge can be a quiet and solitary place and offers the opportunity for thought and contemplation. I don’t look for anything specific when I go out with my camera. I wait for something to take my interest - an idea to filter through - and then I set to work. I think my photography is more about my imagination so I am really only constrained by the ideas in my head. Walking around or sitting quietly in a location is the best way I know to help generate those ideas.
I was out early one very cold misty morning walking with my dog when I heard in the silence of the mist lots of what sounded like splashing in the water. I silently stood still, holding my breath, knowing that something special was coming towards me. After what felt like eternity, there they were! What had sounded like hundreds of birds where now darting down into the rippled water or taking flight. It was literally all over in less than 5 seconds but with my camera in hand I knew, I felt, I had caught something I had never experience before and I possibly will never do so again.
Its moments like this that reminds me that even a place that is extremely familiar, it’s possible to capture something very fresh and exciting in the Broads National Park”.
A very cold start to the Day at Wommack, Norfolk
Not quite the big freeze of 1963, but not too far from it! minus 5 on this day.
Hathor Wherry sailing towards Ranworth Broads
Named after an Egyptian goddess, the Hathor was built in Reedham, Norfolk, for the Colman family [of mustard fame] in 1905. Today she is kept a float by the support of the Wherry Trust Charter and this years chosen charity for the Christmas Workshop.
Frosty Start to the day on Water
Yes it was cold but so beautiful. A special moment of peace.
A cold start to the day on New years day 2019. A chill was in the air….. or was it the ghost of a young soldier during the Napoleonic War, who crossed it to meet his beloved, but met his icy death in its bone-chilling waters instead.?
St Benet's Level drainage mill
First light on a frosty morning looking toward St Benets Mill.
Hunters at Horning, Norfolk 2018
I love to watch the Hunters pass by It takes me to a slower world, stillness and serenity second to none. Hunters will be a major feature of my one of my workshops as we step back to a bygone era, and enjoy capturing the tranquillity of the Norfolk Broads.
Reeds on the Broads
Norfolk reed grows naturally without human intervention and is harvested between December and April. Photographically, its golden colours are at its best in the January.
The Konik and Welsh mountain ponies are discerning diners, feeding on coarse grass, rushes. The ponies help maintain the Broads natural habitat.
Stubbs Mill on Hickling Broad
Stubb Mill is one of the best winter raptor roosts in the county
The title says it all really - a wonderful start to the day on a winters morning.
Horsey MIll at Sunrise
Norfolk simple has the best locations for sunrise photography.
Did you know that the Norfolk damselfly acquired its common name from its discovery in 1903 in a very restricted area of the Broads?
Visit North Norfolk
The Norfolk coastal landscape stretches for 90 miles (93 when the tide's out!) Standing on Norfolk’s beaches more often than not we find space, freedom, autonomy.
To the west of the coastline, erosion on the beach at Holme and Thornham at the turn of the century uncovered Seahenge, a cryptic circle of oaks erected in the bronze age, possibly for funeral rites. These ancient marks, and the uncertainty around them, challenge and thrill us.
And then central along the Norfolk coastline is Cromer. Cromer is a victorian seaside resort with a splendid pier, and old-fashioned amusements.
This is a collection of images from along the wonderful coastline of Norfolk, staring at Hunstanton through to Happisburgh; each location bringing something a little different to the photographer’s eye.
Steam Trawler Sheraton Hunstanton, North Norfolk
This is all that is left of the Steam Trawler Sheraton The trawler was built in 1907 for fishing and was later used for boom defence work during World War I and served as a patrol vessel in WWII, for which she was fitted with a six pounder gun. During a gale in 1947 she broke free of her mooring and drifted onto the beach at Hunstanton.
Sunny Honey aka Hunstanton, Norfolk
The sunset catching the cliffs at Hunstanton, Norfolk
Thornham Coal Shed at Spring Tide
The old harbour at Thornham North Norfolk with an isolated building a former coal store.
Thornham Old Posts
These wooden posts are all that remain of an ancient port. Thornham was once used which was used to unload coal brought down the coast from Newcastle.
Burnham Overy Staithe
Burnham Overy Staithe lies on the North Norfolk coast between Holkham and Burnham Norton. 'Staithe' is an Old English word meaning 'landing place'.
Burnham Overy staithe Misty Dawn
Here's an interesting fact. Nelson is aid to have learnt to sail at this very spot at the age of 10.
Wells-next -Sea, North Norfolk
Colourful Beach huts stand tall in this historic coastal town of Wells-Next-Sea
Stiffkey, North Norfolk
Stiffkey was originally pronounced Stewkey and still is by some locals
Sea Lavender Salt Marshes
Common sea lavender is found on Norfolk salt marshes throughout the summer months. The glorious blooms are must to see.
Morston Blue (looking towards Blakeney Point )
Morston Quay is situated just within the shelter of Blakeney Point. The Point forms a wonderful backdrop to the quay area with its salt marshes in the foreground.
Morston Boats at Sunrise
Sailing boats all moored up and awaiting their skippers at sunrise.
Golden Hour at Morston, Norfolk
What can be said other than it truly was a golden hour that morning.
Blakeney Solo at Sunset, Norfolk
Blakeney is arguably one of the most charming and picturesque villages on the north Norfolk Coast.
Cley Mill, Norfolk
Cley is best known for its picturesque 18th-century windmill, which looks out across salt marshes towards the sea. The windmill is now a bed and breakfast, so only the exterior can usually be viewed.
Cley beach at sunset
Cley next the Sea (to give it its proper name) is located within the North Norfolk Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Sheringham Fishing Boats at night, Norfolk
Through the 1900’s the local fishermen were major suppliers of crabs and lobsters to the London fish markets. Sadly this is no longer the case. I could only see three boats out on the Sheringham driftway that night.
Cromer beach huts at Sunrise
Cromer beach huts on the eastern side of town.
Beneath Cromer Pier
Cromer's famous pier enables visitors to walk to sea but many are not aware what lays beneath.. The legs of the pier form an artificial reef that leads to a chalk reef - so wildlife is always nearby. Sadly though, the reef shares its space with debris left by anglers, tourists, builders and fishermen.
After the tourist have all gone home on Cromer Pier, Norfolk
Norfolk's Gem is often known as Cromer, with is victorian grade ii listed pier. It stands approx. 150 metres out and into the North Sea and it’s a must location for any visiting photographer.
Entrance to Cromer Pier, Norfolks Gem
Cromer Pier, north Norfolk is an historic Victorian built seaside pier, famous for being the home of the Cromer Lifeboat Station and the Pavilion Theatre
Overstand Beach at Sunrise, Norfolk
A short walk from Cromer and you will find the less populated village of Overstrand.
Happisburgh Sea Defenses and Erosion
Brick remains of old lighthouse, Happisburgh, Norfolk, UK
WW2 Pillbox Happisburgh Cornfields
The ww2 pillbox sits next to Happisburgh Lighthouse
Looking back - towards the lighthouse as the sun came up
Wonderful colours on the cliff which lasted just moments before they disappeared
Happisburgh Lighthouse after its repaint 2018
Happisburgh Lighthouse is the oldest working light in Norfolk, and the only independently run lighthouse in the United Kingdom.
At one time Happisburgh had two lighthouse. This is the remaining lighthouse which still stands about 300m from the cliff edge and is known as Happisburgh High. It was built in 1791, is five storeys tall and is currently painted red and white, although during World War Two it was painted in a camouflage pattern.
The ww2 pillbox in the foreground stands proudly in the ploughed fields surrounding the lighthouse.
Golden Path towards Cart Gap
At Cart Gap , on the Norfolk coast you will find not only “gold” but the valued volunteers of the coastal watch team.
Award Winning Photo Impressionism and Abstract Photography
Helen Storers real passion is creating stunning impressionist photographs in camera using a variety of different techniques. These images have not seen photoshop!
Helen has learnt to explore her creativeity and “paint with the camera” using a Canon 5d mark iii. It was her Temple Hill impressionism that won her the International Garden Photographer of the Year Finalist Award 2017
Norfolk Poppy Fields at Sunset
Did you know that the the common poppy has been voted the county flower for Norfolk by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust? You have to be quick in getting a poppy field at its very best as the poppy flower last only a day. (But the magical part is when that poppy falls another poppy flowers)
Blue Happisburgh, Norfolk, Uk
This was an evening with not a cloud to be seen anywhere. Happisburgh offered me a gentle shore line leading to the old sea defenses at low tide. The North Sea has been eating away at the Norfolk coast line for 5,000 years, and every year it is thought that up to three feet is lost to the sea at Happisburgh.
Sheringham Seascape at Dawn
Helen has placed emphasis on the sea and pebble beach of Sheringham. The early morning sun catches the wooden drift way on a cold autumnal morning.
Sheringham beach , Norfolk at Dawn
Similar image to another, but this time capturing the rising sun, together with the beach and sea.
Serenity along the Cromer shoreline, Norfolk
Cromer beach at sunrise with wonderful pastel coloured sky and seas, a wonderful feeling of tranquility and serenity like no other.
Happisburgh Defenses and Effects
This is a Happisburgh Impressionism. Helen was awarded runner up in the Zero footprints competition 2018 with this dramatic image portraying the impact of local coastal erosion.
In an English Country Garden ( Norfolk)
Helen has a real passion for “painting with her camera”. This monet impressionism is all done in camera ( not digital edited). The gardens at Houghton Hall were a inspiration in creating this image of a traditional English garden.
Cromer Pier Photo Impressionism, Norfolk
Use of blur, multiple exposures, and intentional camera movements give Helen’s work an abstraction that is subtle and distinct. There is no use of Photoshop or rigorous developing on computers , just an image captured in camera; an image of time and movement as the seaside visitors wonder along the pier.
Waiting for the mist to break at Sunrise
The simple act of waiting, waiting for the mist to burn off and the warmth of the day.
Tides Out at Cromer
Another subtle pastel image, painted in camera along the Cromer beach at low tide. So relaxing.
Temple Hill IGPOTY finalst
Standing resplendent above Sheringham Hall, the view from the temple at Sheringham Park is breathtaking. Wander through the grounds and you will discover why Sheringham became the personal favourite of its designer, Humphry Repton. This was awarded finalist in last years International Garden Photographer of the Year Awards
Sunrise along the Norfolk Coast
BIg skies and big seas of Norfolk at Sunrise. Arguably you can’t beat it.
Cart Gap at Sunrise, Norfolk
Any photograph brings not only brief frozen segments of time, but arguably a good photo can evoke and convey so many emotions and feelings. What feelings do you get with this image?
Single Yellow Poppy
But did you know that yellow poppies have a symbolic meaning of wealth and success?
Summertime with Butterflies
It wouldn’t be summertime in Norfolk without the butterflies.
Male Orange Tip Butterfly
The Orange tip is said to be one of the first butterflies you might see in the garden this spring.