Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Landscapes, Waterfalls, Flowers, Birds and Curry

The second day of the course and the locations were spectacular. We started in the village of Conistone and walked up to the Dib through a narrow gorge. Good views as the clouds broke up to give blue skies and fantastic clouds. The limestone pavement at the top was particularly good. Who needs Malham!

From here we headed to the small Dales hamlet of Cray and the pub for lunch. The Timothy Taylor Golden was in fine form, as was my ham baguette.

After lunch it was straight over the pass and down to West Burton for the shapely falls. With the recent rain they were quite impressive and we were able to take photographs from 3 sides.

Time was marching on so we headed back to Grassington and ended the day, and the course, with Linton Falls. These looked really low and the best shots were probably just upstream of the main falls. Nice light though.

It just remained to return to Grassington centre so that we could load up cars and all travel home.

Over the 2 days we had a lot of good light and sunshine for big views. Lots of different areas of limestone pavement, both with and without trees. The rivers were low and waterfalls had a lot less water than I have seen on trips here in recent years but still gave interesting shots. The big views from the top of the limestone escarpment were as good as they get on Sunday morning.

We also saw and heard lots of different birds, including 2 sightings of a Kingfisher. It was also a good time for moorland flowers and most in the group had a go at Macro Photography of Orchids, Primrose, Violas, Bluebells and Wild Garlic, for example.

I took a few more shots for the web courses pages to show the exact locations that we use. We will hopefully have some images taken on the course too so that you can see how people interpreted the locations.

We also had a good time. David and Andrew had met on our Lakes course in March and picked up where they left off (slightly different jokes!). The other David quickly joined in with the banter and the whole weekend was very enjoyable.

The curry in Whaley Bridge was a good end to the trip but the beer (Indian lager) was very forgetable.
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