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Blackstone Edge Reservoir

I love this view. I shot it back in August 2007 but couldn’t get it to stitch properly as the source images weren’t highly contrasting enough. I came back to it this week and, with a bit of magic and hard work, was able to get it to behave.

Blackstone Edge overlooks Lancashire, and marks the border across to Yorkshire. The road climbs ever upwards, and the sky perpetually feels enormous, invasive, and omnipresent. At the top sits a reservoir, and despite the raw weather on the cusp of the Pennines, the surface usually looks oddly calm.

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Sunset after the Easter weekend

Sunset after the Easter weekend

Snow. There’s not been much this winter, but in true bank holiday weekend form, it came down on Saturday night in bucketloads. It didn’t last though, so today I tried to capture some of the character of the moors in true winter weather before it all melted.

I was lucky enough to capture this scene between snow and hail flurries just as the sun was dropping, and love the evening light. It was finger-numbingly cold up there, but worth it for a glimpse of those colours. Magic.

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Here’s the same scene (well, 100 metres difference) just 10 minutes beforehand. The weather changes fast on the tops!

Gaddings Dam, earlier

A light dusting …

Widdop Dam, dusted by snow

Widdop Reservoir Dam, between Heptonstall and Trawden, February 2008

I think I’m developing a thing for dams. Or maybe it’s a thing for reservoirs. Living in the Pennines, where the landscape is splattered with their glinting still bodies, I feel they permeate one’s consciousness.

Widdop Reservoir is a favourite, lying as it does on the desolate road from Heptonstall to Colne. By the time you get to it, you’ve already watched the landscape empty and stretch out, rolling and barren before you. The sky was a perfect powder blue, and the ground had a light dusting of snow, enough to add character and sparkle to an otherwise muted season on the moors.

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A cold afternoon on the Widdop road

A favourite view from a favourite road: looking towards Widdop reservoir in the snow.

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Widdop reservoir in summer

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Looking across Widdop Reservoir.

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