The Broads has scenic waterways, rare wildlife and rich history. Helen Storer Photography aims to support visitors to the Norfolk Coast and the Broads National Park in creating memorable images.
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? A great holiday read is Sir Berney Brograve : A Very Anxious Man: The untold story of Norfolk’s most notorious ghost, is available online at Amazon.uk in paperback and e-book formats
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.
The haunting tale of a Waxham man said to have sold his soul to the devil is unearthed by his descendant Down Under
The Brograve windmill water pump is of red brick construction, now lying in an extremely dilapidated and unsafe state. Built iway back in 1771 by Sir Berney Brograve, , it is thought to have last worked around 1930. Its around a miles walk from Horsey Mere.
Turf Fen windmill at How Hill, River Ant, Broads National Park
Turf Fenn is a 19th century drainage mill and is argued to be one of the Norfolk Broad's most iconic sights, yet paradoxically, it is one of the least accessible historic buildings in the Broads. Though it is easy enough to view, actually accessing the mill is impossible except by boat.
Panxworth Church Broads National Park
In the heart of the Norfolk Broads, stands the 14th century tower of All Saints Church, Panxworth.. The church had been ruinous for many years and was eventually rebuilt in 1847 by the Victorians, who seem to have had money to burn. It was used for a century or so, but was eventually made redundant in the 1970s through lack of use, and became a place of worship for Satanists. Hearing of this (it made national news) the C of E decided that the building should be demolished. Thankfully the 14th century tower remains as a picturesque landmark which incidentally can be clearly seen from the tower of nearby Ranworth. The graveyard has been left untouched and fresh flowers still appear on some of the graves. In more recent time, the tower was struck by lightning and a hole blasted in the eastern face of the parapet in 2006.
Hathor (built way back in 1905) is one of only six surviving Norfolk pleasure wherries to be found in the National Park.. Like two of the other surviving wherries, Maud and Solace, she was built by D.S. Halls of Reedham. Hathor has been listed on the register of National Historic Ships in the United Kingdom since 1996.
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.
Wildlife on the Broads National Park
The Norfolk Broads is a National Park with over 125 miles of lock-free waterways with pretty towns and villages along the way, and is home to over quarter of the rarest plants and animals in the UK.
The Norfolk Broads were created in the 14th century when peat was dug out to provide fuel and a sellable commodity after woodland timber and fuel supplies were drained in a densely populated Norfolk. The exhausting job of manually digging the peat started in the 12th century throughout all the east Norfolk settlements until the 14th century, when finally nature overcame man's force.
The holes left behind from the peat extraction began to fill with water with the rising sea levels, and these 'holes' formed the beginning of Broads National Park.
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.
St Benet's Level drainage mill
Kites in Flight
The red kite is on the increase in Norfolk . The red kite is largely a carrion feeder and does very well feeding on roadkill.
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.?
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”.
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.
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.
I personally favour Happisburgh for its ever changing landscapes. The rapidly eroding cliffs at Happisburgh a few ago revealed 850,000-year-old human footprints, the oldest yet found beyond Africa.
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.
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Happisburgh Sea Defenses and Erosion
Brick remains of old lighthouse, Happisburgh, Norfolk, UK
Thornham Harbour Flooded at Hightide
Thornham Quay And The Old Coal Barn On The Norfolk Coast Path, is flooded at hightide
Wells-next -Sea, North Norfolk
Colourful Beach huts stand tall in this historic coastal town of Wells-Next-Sea
Happisburgh The morning after the slipway collasped
Sunrise on the day after yet another 40 feet of our Norfolk Coastline fell victim to the sea
Stiffkey, North Norfolk
Stiffkey was originally pronounced Stewkey and still is by some locals
Sea Mist at Morston
Morston Quay used to be a major port 400 years ago, but is now only used by a small number of fishing boats, leisure craft and the regular seal watching trips which leave for Blakeney Point
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.
WW2 Pillbox Happisburgh Cornfields
The ww2 pillbox sits next to Happisburgh Lighthouse
Golden Path towards Eccles-on-Sea
Eccles-on-Sea, on the Norfolk coast
Cromer Pier at Sunrise and low tide 2018
Cromer Pier, on the north Norfolk is an historic Victorian built seaside pier, famous for being the home of the Cromer Lifeboat Station and the Pavilion Theatre.
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
Morston 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.
Solitude at Morston Quay
Morston Quay is part of Blakeney National Nature Reserve, on the North Norfolk Coast
Cromer Beach- Storms to come
Cromer is a popular seaside town on the north Norfolk coast and is proudly known as ‘The Gem of the Norfolk Coast’
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Use of blur, multiple exposures, and intentional camera movements give Helen’s work an abstraction that is subtle and distinct. No use of Photoshop or rigorous developing on computers!
Her digital images are post-processed minimally while most of the blending is done in-camera. Helen has used multiple exposures and camera movement to help simplify and abstract this image of Cromer Pier, Norfolk. A truly unique fine art image and can be found for sale frames here http://www.theoldrockshopbistro.co.uk or alternatively just send helen a message.
Beach Huts Wells on Sea, Norfolk Impressionist Photo