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The Brontë Waterfall, frozen and sparkling

An early morning photoshoot for work in Keighley got me up and out long before sunrise this Sunday. By 9.30am work was done and I decided to take a detour across from Haworth to Colne on the way home: a wan golden sun lit up the frozen moors and I stopped off for a walk in the glorious countryside. This is, after all, Brontë Country, where the three famous sisters grew up and wrote their novels, inspired in part by these bleak yet beautiful hills.

A sign to the Brontë Waterfall sounded interesting, so I followed South Dean Beck up the hillside for a mile or so and found the waterfall tucked hidden in the shadows of the valley. I hadn’t expected it to look so exceptionally pretty, clad in lacy frost and icicles as it did. A perfect moorland gem.

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Sunset and snow on London Road, near Mankinholes

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Salmon skies light up the snowy ridge of Langfield Common, near Todmorden. Stoodley Pike sits on the hillside, overlooking  the Upper Valley.

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Light and Shade…

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Shade Lock on the Rochdale Canal, Todmorden. I loved the colour range of this view as I walked along the canal at dusk: deep blue hues in the sky contrast with the rich orange sodium street lighting.

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Across the canal at Gauxholme

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Later in the day I ventured back outside to find everywhere covered in a wonderfully fresh, thick blanket of snow. This is the lock at Gauxholme: the footbridge afforded a good view of the lock gates and road bridge, lit in that odd transitory glow of dusk.

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Lumb Bank, at night in deep snow

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This evening I took a rather exciting and unplanned 4×4 journey via Colden Clough to Lumb Bank from Hebden Bridge, after the heaviest snowfall of the year so far. My mate had to go and feed his sheep so I tagged along. Some things don’t stop for the weather … ruminants need their feed no matter what. The unexpected diversion meant stunning quantities of snow, tough driving, and a beautiful view. Real picture-book scene.

The photo is misleading: despite what you see here it was pretty dark. A few lit windows in nearby buildings, a faint sodium orange cast on the clouds, and that unnatural shimmer of snow carpeting the ground were all that illuminated the view. The magic comes from a long exposure to bring out all the detail. For the geeks, shot as a series of single 30sec exposures, f8, 1600ISO.

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