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Moorland Dawn

By andy_AHG    
Fearing the worst, brass monkeys everywhere avoided Saddleworth Moor on Saturday morning. Christ on a bike, it was cold! Maybe not a bad thing considering the climb up here. The views however made every agonising, lung busting step worthwhile. Not to mention heaving myself out of bed at 3.30am and striking out from the car park at 5.15am to reach the top for sunrise at 6.30am.

This is the view from Ashway Rocks above Yeoman Hay Reservoir. First light hits the slopes of Alderman's Hill and Alphin Pike beyond, with Dovestones Reservoir at their foot. Beyond Alphin, you can also see the high rise office blocks of Manchester from up here, although the wide angle aspect has pushed that too far back in the frame to be seen clearly.

A couple of minutes after this shot, clouds moved across the sun and within minutes, low cloud started to cloak the moor. The density and speed at which this moved was astonishing. From virtually clear skies to a white out within a few minutes. I was on a mission to find The Trinnicle on Raven Stones Brow but by the time I got there, the views up Greenfield Brook were lost in the mist.

Still, a great morning in one of my favourite locations and a good scouting exercise for future outings.

Tags: General Pennines Sunrise First light Saddleworth moor Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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Cor 9 Belgium
15 Mar 2010 5:50PM

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paulett 8 19 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 5:53PM
Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
15 Mar 2010 5:55PM
This is superb Andy.
cdm36 14 391 7 England
15 Mar 2010 5:57PM
Cracking view Andy, nicely captured in the early morning light Smile

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
15 Mar 2010 5:57PM
Stunning view,
Beautiful image with superb detail and lighting super comp
15 Mar 2010 5:58PM
Superb image Andy - love it !

shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 6:09PM
Wow absolutely top class what a beauty an image to be very very proud of
15 Mar 2010 6:13PM
Beautiful landscape photo. Well done!
Emu72 9 7 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 6:16PM
Stunning detail mate Wink
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
15 Mar 2010 6:29PM
Absoolutely stunning detail well presented and worth the early rise Colin
Geofferz 9 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 6:30PM
Superb shot.
15 Mar 2010 6:32PM
cracker indeed love it you must be well pleased with this
15 Mar 2010 6:34PM
A wonderful vista, the colours are fabulous, you have nailed it, Regards Dave
dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 6:58PM
Worth the effort. Love the water in the middle of the frame.

Sezz 13 617 15 England
15 Mar 2010 7:07PM
Definately worth the early rise and the cold Andy - what a view!

Sarah *
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 7:10PM
fantastic capture wonderful detail love the fg a beautiful capture Wink
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
15 Mar 2010 7:14PM
This is SO well worth all the effort, Andy. Breathtaking...

andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
15 Mar 2010 7:17PM
Lovely shot Andy!


PS Re: your comment on 'Stating the Obvious' there is a version without but will leave it for another time Wink
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
15 Mar 2010 7:27PM
There is no way I could go through that for a photograph.A good image which you richly desrevred to get for the effort and dedication to photography.
jools59 9 4 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 7:52PM
Outstanding shot...Jools
colin63 9 6 England
15 Mar 2010 7:53PM
Well worth the effort Andy, quality image

DaveMead 8 23 14 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 7:58PM
A fine effort Andy and a fine image too. Smile
15 Mar 2010 8:23PM
Quality Image indeed,well worth the early start, and the lung busting steps.
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 9:17PM
Thanks very much every one and for the GEA - very much appreciated.

dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 9:20PM
Congrats Andy.

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 9:29PM
We really need to be able to see this large Andy!!
IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 9:56PM
Warm and supremely inviting - unlike the conditions you had to endure to achieve this little masterpiece. There's so much to enjoy, all organised in a finely balanced composition.
Steve-T 11 56 66 England
15 Mar 2010 10:04PM
Really fresh and clear - great shot - 3.30 am rather you than me! Steve
pauldawn 9 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 10:26PM
andy - i think you need to show me some of these places!!

superb again!
Kenfromsot 10 57 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 10:31PM
Fantastic job Andy

Nickscape 12 708 9 England
16 Mar 2010 9:12AM
This is a great capture - well worth all the effort with the walking. I've got a couple of shots further down the slope but only at sunset, the position of the light is much better at sunrise.

Rob66 8 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 10:01AM
Fantastic shot.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 1:14PM
Great shot
Know the place well
agingrocker 9 15 1
16 Mar 2010 6:29PM
Crikey - you put yourself through it to get this shot. Well worth it though. Great light and composition
martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 8:59PM
A fabulous image along with a wonderful description Smile
AntonyB 12 5 England
17 Mar 2010 2:13PM
lovely andy, was worth the effort

ChazB 13 64 3 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2010 9:41PM
Such a stunning view and really well composed. I love the first light just hitting the top of Alderman.
stephenscott 8 8 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2010 9:08PM
Outstanding image,great comp,colours and nice light..

LesF 11 182 9
19 Mar 2010 4:30PM
Like the rich colours Andy

cassiecat 10 39 46 England
21 Mar 2010 10:42AM
very nice. congrats on the GEA.lesley

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