And God scarred the earth…

My father has a wonderful picture at home. A great waterfall cutting through the rock which towers around it. The rock burns red as the water scars through it. Very dramatic. And I’ve wanted to see that waterfall for years – I managed to get there last weekend.

Gordale Scar

Awesome truly is the word. In past times they believed God had struck the cliffs to form the cleft. A huge rent in the earth. A scar indeed. It’s difficult for a photo to do it justice, even more so on an overcast day in February (hence my black and white version – I’ll go back for the colour another day)

This is one of the great walks in England. The path starts in the glades of Janet’s Foss, where people hammered nails into the tree trunks as an offering to the faeries. Hidden amongst the trees is a gentle waterfall.

Janet's Foss

The plunge pool

And then comes the drama of the big Falls. Once you’ve climbed the lower falls the gash is revealed where the upper fall punches through the stone

This is just the top fall from the first picture

The power of the water is immense, and just to prove it the walk finishes at Malham Cove where the traces of ice and water in the limestone leave clefts between the grykes and clints.

Malham Cove

A magnificent scene and a magnificent walk in God’s own county.


3 responses to “And God scarred the earth…

  • Cabbie Notes

    Nice black and white photos of an amazing place. Did you take any color photos illustrating where “the rock burns red where water scars through it?” If so, I’d love to see that imagery.

  • Food,Photography & France

    I am enamoured of the words grykes and clints and must find an excuse to use them. A truly inspiring place and great pics. Many years ago I did a set of ads for Olympus cameras which were naturally meant to be shot with an Olympus SLR. I shot a very similar waterfall in Wales as part of the campaign to illustrate the quality of the image produced by the advertised product, but I can now reveal that I used a Sinar 5×4 which gave just a tad more definition than the Olympus was ever going to supply:-)

    • Thomas Peck

      Hi Roger, glad you like the words! Its great when the pictures and words go together, and those words suit Malham perfectly. Hope you enjoy the rest of the blog too. Now I’m off to have a look at your blog Cheers Tom

      Sent from my iPad

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