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Mam tor

why do we do it!!!!
Up at 4.20am. boots in the car, quick cuppa and off to the hills, i can see over the valley its going to be clear even in the predawn darkness.

25 mins later i hit Owler bar roundabout , over to Big moor and look left and smile at the twisted tree, its still there, and it will have to wait until another day when the sun is further around in the sky and there is a large spread of clouds lit red by the rising light, look across to the right now and the predawn glow is rising above the bleak horizon and the anticipation sets in.

Im at wooden pole now, is there mist in the valley? - not much, just a bit down near Hathersage. Its decision time now as i slip between the stones at the surprise View. Its not going to be dramatic enough for Higger and Stanage. Its too nice for Padley- thats for when it raining.

Theres only one thing for it,- head up to Castleton and see if its misty in the valley. From Hope it looks more promising, pockets of mist around the cement works, still not much cloud.
Foot down now its getting near to sunrise, tear up through Winnats pass and pull up to a halt in the layby, grab the bag and jog across the field across the earthworks and up to the start of the stone steps, havnt got long now, the sky is getting brighter by the second, there is still a long haul to the top, still not much cloud, pushing on up the steps.

Jeezze its getting hard to breath now and my knees are sore, wish i could be 30 again.
The trig points in sight now, start pulling the tripod legs down, i know where the sun will be, on with the camera on with the grads as sun begins to peep above the horizon, i position it behind the trigpoint and rattle off 3 exposures fast. its a rubbish sky but lovely clear blue visability. Made it again.
Its not my best shot but it will do for today .

The sun rises and creeps across the land lighting up winnats pass and highlighting all the earthworks and barrows.

Why do i do it? because i love this fabulous Derbyshire and its Peak district, its a part of me- i grew here. This to me is a magical place. The mother hill ,- Mam Tor.

I pack up my camera bag and head off for a lovely walk down the ridge, not the most photogenic sky i ever saw, but one of the most magical mornings for raking light i can remember, and only one other solitary rambler in sight. It was worth the effort on this occasion. Next time it will be perfect.!!
Im test driving new camera body today, a FUJI S5 Pro, it even simulates fUJI velvia love it.
thanks for looking

Tags: General Landscape and travel

Voters: Sylviwhalley, piccy, cassiecat and 36 more

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26 Apr 2009 7:58PM
Stunning image, worth all the effort.

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piccy 11 8 Wales
26 Apr 2009 8:00PM
Feel as if I was there now - every step of the way.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
26 Apr 2009 8:05PM
looks good, enjoyed the write up, didnt manage to get myself Sad lesley
MrBlueSky 9 12 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2009 8:07PM
Well worth the early start - geat picture
26 Apr 2009 8:27PM
Very good 2 images.
lakemist 9 5 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2009 9:00PM
Dream like Image, a "to do" place on my list though I doubt I can match this.
Hanners Plus
11 875 10 Ireland
26 Apr 2009 10:19PM
Good book Wink Had to look at the image again after I read your story as I'd forgotten what it looked like... great script Smile
alansdottir 9 60 7 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2009 10:45PM
Love the write-up! Why, indeed - it's not even my county except by adoption, but I still feel it... Love this place. Carol
sandycroft 10 61 England
26 Apr 2009 11:26PM
Nice work .
andy_AHG 8 106 6 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2009 11:47PM
Lovely shot Phil - really like the colours and composition. The quality of light is superb.

I had much the same story this morning up at West Nab. Not a cloud in sight all morning, until 9am... just as I got back to the car and see a whole line of fluffy white ?@stards trouping over the horizon! Great light tho'.

dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 11:58AM
Nice capture Phil, with excellent clarity and tones
paulcr 12 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Apr 2009 12:08PM
Well sillouheted Phil. Paul
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
27 Apr 2009 12:33PM
Two lovely images, Phil, worth getting up early for! V1's my favourite, gorgeous lighting and detail in the foreground.
TrevB Smile
NEWMANP 9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 12:58PM
Thank you everyone for your valued comments and clicks
dathersmith 10 557 12 England
27 Apr 2009 1:23PM
The story had me on the edge of my seat Phil, great stuff. Oh, and the shot is superb too but like othere I had to go back and look again after I'd read the book Wink

martinl 14 266 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 2:02PM
Bloody hell, I'm out of breath just reading your description, but know exactly how you were feeling, as that's how I very often feel!!

You shall have an RC for your (strenous) efforts, and tale of the landscape togs lot!
User_Removed 10 11 11 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 3:27PM
Nice image Phil!
27 Apr 2009 4:41PM
Two beautiful images, wonderful colours and clarity, well worth the climb.
GrahamNobles 9 9 4 England
27 Apr 2009 6:37PM
V1 for me Phil. A superb image.
AntHolloway 12 168 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 8:49PM
How true is that story! I like how you say you jogged up the grass field, I'm out of breath even walking up that Wink Like the rim lighting on the cobbles.

Bellie 10 507
1 May 2009 5:07PM
Nice shot Phil, and nice commentary to go with it. Enjoy your camera.

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