The Spetchells

By mrswoolybill
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentineís Day yesterday. Thanks to everyone for some very kind comments and messages. Normal service is resumed today.
This is my little project that Bill referred to in his Going up upload.
The Spetchells are a bit of a curiosity. A series of long, narrow, steep-sided spoil heaps, along the South bank of the Tyne, below Prudhoe. They are composed of chalk, the residue from the production of ammonia by ICI in WW2. The project back-fired a bit - according to local legend, German bombers targeting Newcastle used to fly in across the coast either North or South of the city, then line up on the Spetchells gleaming in the moonlight, and head East following the Tyne. That way they could bomb Newcastle and head straight out to sea.
Some people regard them as an eyesore. But - because the alkaline nature of the soil attracts some very odd flora and fauna they are Tynedaleís only official Site of Special Scientific Interest. (Though I know of several beards that have been nominated for listing.)
Iíve been visiting them on and off for a while, trying to capture the unique character of this very strange place. This is a little selection of shots that I am reasonably satisfied with. Most are pretty well straight out of camera, but #4 needed a lot of work to get some contrast into it. Chalk is not the easiest rock to photograph!
If you have time, please view Large.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: General Flowers and plants Chalk River tyne Landscape and travel Prudhoe Sssi Spetchells

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helenlinda Plus
13 367 22 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 8:05AM
I'm commenting before the additional versions, so will return to see them later.(I just like getting in first!!) I'm glad normal service is resummed!!
Lovely detail and texture in the tree stump. It almost looks like selective colouring compared with the background.
Now they are up, I realise that if you had not mentioned the chalk, then because it is winter, I would have assumed frost or a sprinkling of snow!!
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2275 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 8:12AM
Thanks Helen - there is a hint of frost on the grass in #5, but generally the white is all from the chalk.
15 Feb 2008 8:19AM
Super set of images Moira, V1 is a slight favourite for me,
15 Feb 2008 8:31AM
Though I know of several beards that have been nominated for listing.)
hehehe love that and so true..!!!

Lovely set of images moira.. really like the 1st in the series.. reminded me of a large green eye from the thumb nail of a pre historic creature.. !! A guardian of the site..

beautiful work.!!! And always love your write ups

Nikki Smile
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 8:34AM
Love No.1 Moira Smile

15 Feb 2008 8:35AM
Another nice mini series Moira O'Leary, sounds nice that, must rhyme with something? I'm sure you will know from childhood days.

The eye looks like nature fighting back to heal the wound where the limb was cut off.
All the very best
Sweep 14 43 England
15 Feb 2008 8:37AM
Really nice crisp shot.
Hoffy 16 262 16 England
15 Feb 2008 8:39AM
Good set of pics.
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 8:50AM
Lovely set. No. 1 is a great close-up - loads of detail and textures in the old tree. Super depth to this shot.
Marilyn x
pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
15 Feb 2008 8:55AM
#1, 5 & 6 are appealing to me
for their composition & tones
love the green moss / ivy leaves...
fentiger 19 920 24 England
15 Feb 2008 9:01AM
Very interesting set of "snaps" Moira. Compositionally No. 2 appeals to me most and I would like to see it with a bit more colour saturation.

luxaeternam 13 21 1
15 Feb 2008 9:17AM
Another interesting upload, Moira.
#1 makes an eyecatching thumbnail (no pun intended).
My favourite has to be #6 too.
Smile Lucy
Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
15 Feb 2008 9:24AM
Great series Moira, No1 is awesome fantastic texture and use of dof

DolphinLady 14 54 1 Wales
15 Feb 2008 9:41AM
I love that tree stump in the 1st image, some wonderful colours & detail.....could be the mirror from Snow-White.
My preference is the 5th one, I just love all those steps, & that touch of ground frost & the sunlight peeping through, make it appear slightly magical.
They are all great images Moira & a fantastic mini series.
danbrann 16 640 17
15 Feb 2008 9:47AM
A special spetchel spelled specifically perfectly and a good set of images.
imagio 14 12 1 England
15 Feb 2008 10:04AM
1 and 6 for me Moira, excellent work

nefaman 15 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 10:38AM
6 for me great shots all round as usual
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 10:44AM
If I had to choose I would say No5 for the lovely light but they all are interesting
Cormy 13 3 England
15 Feb 2008 10:47AM
Like the lovely textures and colours in No.1 Moira.
15 Feb 2008 10:59AM
Beautiful set of images as norm Moria, No1 for me, well done.

jaktis 16 84 Sweden
15 Feb 2008 11:26AM
I just love the green lichen in #1, superb

15 Feb 2008 11:27AM
In love with 2
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
15 Feb 2008 11:36AM
You have saved the best till last Moira,with all the little details and colour there.The chalk is a good additional feature.A nice bit of tree bark in No 1.enhanced by the green tones.Like the comp' in no 2 and the'' crispiness''of the image.Nice IMAGES here.
In America they have a Snap Tortoise.It is a large rather vicious beast that ''snaps'' at is prey with a bite of its large jaws.Then rips it to pieces and proceeds to devour it.Just a passing thought Moira!!!!!
TelStar 15 116 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 12:14PM
Love the eye-catching first choice and your special commentary.

Also like the 'snappy' responses and involvement.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2275 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 12:15PM
Just back from the weekly shop - this one has really taken off, thanks to everyone.
Mick, precisely whom are you camparing with vicious wild animal...?? I really am sweetness and light. (I was actually thinking that I prefer the word snap to shot, it implies capture rather than kill...)
I'm off to saturate V2 for Albert now.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 11 Wales
15 Feb 2008 12:21PM
Excellent set of images Moira.Number 1 for me and the knot looks good for a close up shot.
15 Feb 2008 12:30PM
Smashing set of pic's Moira. No. 1 & 2 are my fav's.

John Smile
Hop-A-Long 13 52 1 England
15 Feb 2008 12:33PM
Great images moira. Lovely series. When I saw the thumbnail, I thought you had been brave and taken a "snap" at a Crocodiles eye. Number 1 is my favourite, I must say, closely followed by number 6, I love the textures and colours in this.
Richsr 13 91 223 England
15 Feb 2008 12:58PM
Like the series Moria - well put together.
Regards Richard.
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
15 Feb 2008 2:28PM
Lovely set of shots, I have fallen in love with No. 7. love the colouring.
I thought from the thumbnail on No.1 you had fixed a television screen into the tree, my mind works wonders.......


Nicky Smile
proz 16 205 United States
15 Feb 2008 3:44PM
really nice crisp set of images Moira and good interesting information too. Would like to see it in the Autumn too,
imander 13 388 7 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 4:34PM
you and your d40 can work wonders, lovely scenes all crisp and well composed, really good work
davidhu 15 19 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 4:50PM
Nice little series, Moira. Like V5 with the steps leading you into the scene. lol to the beard comment.
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 5:31PM
A wonderful set of photos Moira..I don't know how you do takes me forever to sort one out! I really like number 5 too.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
15 Feb 2008 5:40PM
there's some steep and wonderful routes in this Moira
Rock 18 10 2 England
15 Feb 2008 6:06PM
With a full set as these super shot are.

I feel cheated on only been allowed one click !

Must take it up with the management !

SKavanagh 13 312 5 England
15 Feb 2008 7:15PM
Beautiful set of shots
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
15 Feb 2008 8:14PM
Beautiful and very interesting series.
Moj_o 12 10 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 9:15PM
Love 1 and 2.Lovely set of shots.

rmr 13 1 Wales
15 Feb 2008 9:40PM
super collection again,love the detail in v1
well done
Paree 15 616 3
15 Feb 2008 10:28PM
what a delightful little series of pictures
it looks like a lovely place to me,
magic love number one looks spooky
digiray63 13 4 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 10:56PM
Great set and no5 is my favourite.
Nettles 13 England
16 Feb 2008 8:01AM
That really does look steep. Some excellent images Moira.
luxaeternam 13 21 1
16 Feb 2008 7:18PM

Quote: Moira O'Leary, sounds nice that, must rhyme with something?

Shouldn't have told me that - How about a limerick?

A young girl called Moira O'Leary
By nature was terrible teary
Until she met Bill
Who did her no ill
But left her incredibly weary

Hope you like it...

Smile Lucy
Ridgeway 13 222 2 Ireland
17 Feb 2008 3:45AM
1 and 5,
Turn n0 1 90 degrees right and you got yourself a crocodile,,,Lol.
GlenD 13 United States
17 Feb 2008 8:07AM
Like your favorite but the catch light in the eye of the tree in 1 does it for meWink

brianjw 13 4
17 Feb 2008 8:25AM
Lovely set,nice to get the history of an area,Great.
tigertimb 12 40 66 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2008 12:34AM
A great sequence of images Moira; I feel like I've been on the walk with you
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2008 11:01PM
It is interesting to read the comments and see how varied the favs are - for the most different view points.
My fav is #6, for the superb composition, fine textures and great colours.

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