Mirror Pool

A Mirror Pool
There is a better sky.
A secret from the crowds.
No fear of falling here

While drifting with the clouds.


But, as the ripples dance
Across my Mirror Pool,
The clouds are stolen by the wind.
Goodbye my summer jewel.

Inspiration: The skies are always huge and amazing at Holkham, and they always bring to mind the poem by Emily Dickinson There is another sky”. In her poem she claims that in addition to the sky of the physical universe, there is an additional sky in existence.
There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields -
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!

Walking past this tidal pool I saw no reflection but noticed that it was mirror smooth - not a ripple on its surface - and thought there should be a reflection of some sort. I walked back, changed my perspective and there it was, in all its glory - my "other sky". Of course there had always been a reflection but from the first angle, all I was seeing was a reflection of a cloudless sky out to sea. As soon as I changed the angle of view I saw the reflected clouds over the land.
I quickly took three shots and then the moment was gone - the wind blew; the ripples disturbed the surface and my "other secret sky" was gone.
Camera Work: Nikon D80, Raw(12bit), ISO 125 (due to Polarizing filter), Exposure: F/14 at 1/30sec., Color Mode: Mode iiia, Sharpening: High
Post Processing: in Capture NX2

  • Picture Control reset Tone Compensation to High Contrast and Saturation to Enhanced.


  • applied 16% Color Noise reduction to a layer over the blue area of sky.

Location: at the Burnham Overy end of Holkham Bay

Below is a map showing all my recent Holkham Bay photos


Holkham Beach

Location: Holkham Beach - The beach was made famous when it featured in the closing scene of 'Shakespeare in Love', which shows the shipwrecked Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) walking out of the sea onto Illyria (Holkham) beach.

Slap bang in the middle of a heatwave, my only concern was how to keep cool. Photography couldn't have been further from my mind. So I jumped in the car, turned on the air con, and headed for the beach - a no brainer - it had to be Holkham.

I had my camera with me but wasn't expecting to take any photos - I've walked here so many times over the past 35 years that the place must be all snapped out. But as I was walking along the sea edge enjoying the cool breeze I was just taken by the image above. Could I still be on the North Norfolk coast? Surely I'd been transported to the Caribbean or the Maldives.

Camera Work: Nikon D80 settings - RAW(12bit), ISO 100, Exposure: F/8, 1/100 sec., Focal Length 32mm, Color Mode - Mode IIIa, Sharpening High.

Filters: UV, Polarizing

Post Processing: None. Honest!

Style: Snapshot. I took several, each with different levels of waves.

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