The day's end - a glass of... by candlelight. On a beach.  Even in Autumn on the Isle of Wight.

At The End Of The Day on a Beach

Sundown in Sandown on the beach. A bottle of cider and a glass of wine by candle light.

It had been a long day, finally coming to an end. Driving from London, waiting for the ferry, then finding our way down the Isle of Wight.

After we checked in to our BnB, we made our way down to the beach around sunset. A cool autumn day with a bit of a breeze, it was still warm enough to just chill out on the beach with a couple of glasses before we found some dinner.

One of first "adventures", in 2014, we had spent a few days in London exploring Camden Market and the poppies at the Tower of London, before making our way to the Isle of Wight.

See more from that Isle of Wight trip here.

Visiting the Isle of Wight is most easily done by driving to Plymouth or Southapton and catching the ferry across the Solent.

We stayed at a B n B in Sandown, which gave reasonable access to the beach, and formed a good base to explore the island.

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Sundowners on Sandown Beach at sunset in autumn.
Little Crab on the Beach at Vilanculos

Little Crab on the Beach

A little crab coming out of his hole on the beach. As you walk along a secluded beach at low tide little mounds of sand next to a hole seem to be all over the place. Many of these are made by little crabs which have been hiding in their burrows during the higher water. Once the surface sand is dry they pop out and go foarging, always with an eye out for danger. Move too close and they will scurry back into their holes.

Photo Notes

The Little Crab was captured on the beach at Vilanculos, Mozambique.

Travelling light (more or less), as we were leaving for an island trip, I had the Canon EOS 60D with the EF 70-300 zoom. These were shot by simply setting the lens at closest focus and moving until the crab was in focus. Hence the short depth of field. All at f/8 1/500 ISO100. These were edited online in Google Photos.

 

Grass on the Beach in the Sunset

Beach Grass on the Beach in the Sunset

Grasses on the beach in the sunset light. This photo was taken on the beach near Blue Bayou, Valras Plage, France. The sun sets inland, but it is always a good idea to look behind you when capturing a sunset. Click To Tweet The golden light highlighted this grass beautifully.

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Footsteps in the Sand at Blue Bayou beach, Valras Plage

Footsteps in the Sand after Sunrise

Late May in the Lanquedoc-Rousillon area of France can be windy and cold. But the sun shines. The sunsets and sunrises are great, well worth the early start. On this morning I caught a decent sunrise. On my way back to camp I noticed the effect of the golden hour light at a low angle on my footsteps on the beach. This was taken during our May visit to the area – see Big Blue Sky over Valras Plage.

 

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Sunset at Portiragne Plage Ouest, near Beziers in France.

Sunset by the Sea at Portiragne Plage Ouest

 

A pretty orange sunset at the beach at Potiragne Plage Ouest.

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Portiragne Plage Ouest Sunset on the Beach

Looking at the Portiragne Plage Ouest beach from the guingette.

A view of the beach from the guingette near sunset.

One evening on our trip to France we had an excellent tapas meal at a “guingette” on the beach at Portiragne Plage Ouest, near Beziers. The time of day was just right to catch the sunset.

All the locals referred to the restaurant as a “guingette”, translated as a “pop up restaurant”. It seems that this one, along with others we saw or visited have been there for a good few years. One way or another it was great to eat good food and drink wine right on the beach.