This photo was taken at one of my favourite places, Longsands beach at Tynemouth in Northumberland. It’s often very busy, even in the winter, with walkers, swimmers and even the odd surfer if conditions are right! I love going there anyway, but it’s particularly beautiful on those few days when it’s really deserted. Usually the only thing that keeps people away is the weather, and a couple of days ago I was there when the beach was empty and the storm clouds were rolling in from the north. I didn’t get a very long walk – I got back to the car just as the heavens opened – but I was pleased with this image from the day, since it makes the beach look so dramatic!