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The Gorgeous Yorkshire Dales

I’ve just got back from leading 2 back to back workshops in the Yorkshire Dales. What a fantastic place for photographers. Everything from dramatic gorges to waterfalls to quarries to dry stone wall and buttercup meadows. Truly, God’s County…

This is the birthplace of the Sublime in England (check out James Ward’s Gordale Scar from 1815). My recent picture of the same location is above. We even have example of the Industrial Sublime imposing on the landscape (below)…

But I think the Dales are probably more representative nowadays of the bucolic and Picturesque, certainly so in late May, early June. And it’s still deliciously beautiful, irrespective of the label…

 

 

 


Abbeys, Grykes and Waterfalls – a workshop in God’s County

If you’re a regular reader then you will know that I do go on about Yorkshire. God’s county and all that. Which is true, it is. But at long last I’ve decided to turn my Yorkshire passion into a bit of a business venture. So last week I ran my first photography workshop up North, and prayed for some decent, photogenic weather…

Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar

River Wharfe

River Wharfe

Scaleber Force

Scaleber Force

God didn’t play ball – it was boiling hot, and the skies remained stubbornly blue and cloudless. But photography is all about pointing the camera in the right direction, so we just cut out the sky…

The Strid

The Strid at medium flow

The Strid at pace

Boiling Strid

The calm Strid

Calm Strid

 

It’s true that I failed to convince the rest of the family that this is work, not play. Never mind, they’ll get used to it…

Malham Cove Grykes

Malham Cove Grykes

Conistone tree

Conistone tree

That tree in close up

That tree in close up

 

We even tried a dawn shot (that’s up at 4am with tripod legs set up by 4.20am…) only to get eaten by the Malham Midge!

Midge infested Malham Tree

Midge infested Malham Tree

 

But it was fun! Two days dedicated to all things photographic, in a series of locations covering Abbeys, Grykes and Waterfalls. Landscape, wide vistas, close ups, panos, iPhone and DSLR, colour, black & white and infra red, post processing. We did the whole caboodle.

Bolton Abbey (in Yorkshire of course)

Bolton Abbey (in Yorkshire, naturally)

My workshop customer, trying hard not to fall in.

My workshop customer, trying hard not to fall in.

Goat Scar Lane

Goat Scar Lane

Catrigg Force

Catrigg Force

Scaleber Force

Scaleber Force

My thanks go to Leona for being a very willing workshop guinea pig, and if you fancy a workshop in God’s County, then let me know!

(She kept nicking my tripod)

(She kept nicking my tripod)

 

 

 

 


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.