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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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The Icicle Works

The Icicle Works

It’s the beginning of February. The wind is biting, the cold creeps across the hills overnight, and when I wake there’s a light dusting of snow outside. I jump in the car and drive around, looking for inspiration and frozen delights to capture in a panorama. After driving up through Cragg Vale from Mytholmroyd I turn left at Blackstone Edge reservoir, and drive for a kilometre or so along Rochdale Road to the side of Black Castle Hill, before stopping abruptly in amazement. Icicles everywhere. They tumbled down the side of the hill and clung dramatically to the sheer rock faces, born from the continuous freeze and melt cycle of the previous week. I scouted various locations before coming back to this little cove, where one was surrounded on three sides by majestic sparkling blades of ice. They were melting as I shot this multiple exposure panorama, feeling lucky to have captured a fleeting glance of the brooding, raw beauty of the moor at its best.

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Snow on the tops

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