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A Winter’s day at the Beach

The weather has been remarkably spring-like these past few days in Kent. On Sunday the sunshine brought so many people out to enjoy the beach. We had been encouraged by the government to stay at home this weekend, as the virus numbers are currently so high. But I think that, for the sake of everyone’s moral, a few hours in the sunshine is allowed. Especially as there is evidence that vitamin D, which you get from sunshine, not only protects you from catching Coronavirus, but also makes the symptoms less severe if you do get it.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Vitamin D helps your body to fight against the virus, as it generally helps to boost the immune system. It also helps to support healthy heart, bones and skin. Plus, as a bonus, it can boost your mood – it’s no wonder we’re so happy when the sun is shining!

Previously I talked about the mood-boosting qualities of the sea – so when you can combine those properties with sunshine, it’s no wonder that British folks just love spending time at the seaside. And, even in a time of Covid, I think a bit of this is allowed – especially as a I lot of the people I saw were wearing face masks and practising social distancing.

So this may have to be the new normal – enjoying a bit of time in the fresh air when we can while taking precautions – and some may feel that even that is off limits. But a sedentary life is not good for our minds or our bodies; so it’s a balancing act and we all have to do what we think is right both for ourselves and our fellow citizens.

If you are having to limit your time outdoors you can also get vitamin D both in table form and through certain foods such as oily fish, red meat and egg yolks. Light boxes can also help your moods and help to combat SAD (seasonal affected disorder) syndrome that many suffer from in winter. In fact I have one sitting beside me now while I type.

This image forms part of my Daily Print series, and is available to buy here

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Early morning West Bay

Well, Kent is in Covid Tier 4 so my pop up shop had to close overnight, as have all the local gift shops and galleries. And now Christmas is pretty much over too. Which means I have more time on my hands to go out and take photographs. This morning I was at Westgate on Sea capturing the early light. The water was so calm that I thought for a moment I had been transported to Lake Como. In fact I think today the Kent coastline was looking just as beautiful as the Italian lakes.

It looks like we’ve been given an enforced period of calm in which to see out the old year and, looking at today’s infection rate, this will probably last well into the new year too. So, me and my camera will be having plenty of quality time together. Which means lots more blog posts. To keep me on my toes, I’ll also be making the photos purchasable. So if you like what you see you can also hang it on your wall. For a limited period of time they’ll be available at a special price of just £10 as a print.

This image is part of my ‘Daily Print’ series and is purchasable as an A4 print here

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Lockdown 2 Day 6

Sometimes less in more. This was the view from my flat in Margate this morning. I’ve seen some spectacular sunset shots from my flat window, but sometimes it’s just the tranquillity of the mercury sea during the day-time that quietly takes my breath away.