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Weird Nightmare

By DaveMead  
Weird nightmare
You haunt my every dream
Weird nightmare
Tell me what's your scheme?

Hi Folks,
Thanks to those who voted and/or commented on 'Swaledale Ewe', much appreciated, as always. It was an image I was particularly proud of and it is somewhat frustrating that ever so many people looked at it and then moved on without commenting on why they didn't like it or what they didn't like about it. Whereas I enjoy the ego boost that a hatful of votes gives, animal portraits (in monochrome at that) are not my usual fare and I had hoped for some good, honest critique. Oh well..............
A couple of weeks ago, a secret informer on this site sent me a PM saying that the bluebells in Newton Wood on the lower slopes of Roseberry Topping were at their best. The very next evening, steviehutch and I set out on what turned out to be the weirdest, most unpleasant photography trip I have ever experienced. Steve is great company, the bluebells were superb and the light (at least for a while) was fantastic. However, when we reached the location of Joe Cornish's famous image of said bluebells, the place was literally crawling with other togs. There were at least 30 of them, busily flattening the very flowers they had come to photograph whilst getting in each other's way and talking complete cowdung. The biggest laugh of all is that Jc's composition no longer really works as the trees have matured in the years since he took it, forming a barrier rather than allowing the eye to wander through the picture. I soon retreated from this weird nightmare, a scene out of 'Photography Hell', further up the hill to attempt my own compositions, one of which is above. I am glad I saw the bluebells, undoubtably the best I've ever seen, but if I ever return at this time of year, it will be without a camera so as not to be associated with the rampaging hoards, damaging the landscape with their lack of imagination and sheep-like mentality.
Have a great evening and thanks for dropping by.
P.S. Lyrics from 'Weird Nightmare' by the late, great Charles Mingus.

Tags: Bluebells North york moors Roseberry Topping Landscape and travel Never want to see that many togs in one place again

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23 May 2011 5:06PM
I like your shot of the bluebells - pity about the thundering herd you had to contend with. A

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Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 5:07PM
Loved the write up Dave. Caught in some lovely evening light. A veritable carpet of blue.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
23 May 2011 5:13PM
Lovely stripes of varied blues and mauves and pinks............Sandy
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 May 2011 5:37PM
Superb image and so great to see such a concentrated carpet of bluebells in the open rather than on the forest floor. Interesting to read your narrative and how so many were attracted to the scene, yet damage what they had come to capture.
Porthos Plus
8 40 1 Northern Ireland
23 May 2011 5:52PM
Great light and colour.....Derek
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 5:56PM
great comp dave wonderful carpet of blue a belter nice one Wink
JustDucky 7 8 Canada
23 May 2011 6:36PM
wonderful image
Mike_Smith Plus
10 482 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 6:46PM
Beautiful image i know this area very well, sad to hear they was a load of idiots there destroying the bluebells that are for everyones enjoyment.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
23 May 2011 7:01PM
That's a cracker David. That evening light and the blue of the flowers are a magical combination.
h4rsx 8 17 5 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 7:15PM
This is lovely and the colours beautiful!
DaisyD50 11 3
23 May 2011 7:42PM
Great viewpoint and colours.
soulofharmony 8 22 1 Norfolk Island
23 May 2011 9:37PM
what a gorgeous showing of blue bells ... so beautiful , love the light...

Nikki !
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 11:10PM
A beautifuk image Dave. Love that little bit of light on the top of Roseberry.

DaveMead 8 23 14 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 12:12AM
Are you allowed to say 'beautifuk' on here? Thanks a lot folks, well chuffed. Smile
24 May 2011 8:07AM
Beautiful image Dave, wonderful colours & light captured

IanBurton 8 81 7 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 8:31AM
Nice capture. Don't know whether it's the monitor, but there seems to be a magenta hue to the image. I live 10 mins from here so went out after the heavy downpours from a couple of weeks ago as I knew not many togs would be there, got a similar image and some on other side of fence. Definately the best they've been for many years, shame about the other togs trampling all over.

GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 9:59AM
Interesting observation Dave but a wonderful image of this iconic location ..... metal note to myself to avoid it at bluebell time unless like you and look for a new viewpoint Smile

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 3:41PM
lovely lighting and colors Dave
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 4:37PM
Lovely light and colour /tones captured here Dave . When I went there were at first 2 other togs with large format cameras . Then about another 6 or 8 arrived from a near by camera club . The bluebells had been well trampled in some areas . Totally unbelievable that people are so careless ....Phil
24 May 2011 6:24PM
good shot of the bluebells Dave, like ur title and explanation that followed , lol! togs they r a nuicance! I can imagine the amount that was there as the site has had alot of roseberrys bluebells over the last wk.
Regards Lee
DaveMead 8 23 14 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 6:40PM
Cheers everybody, funny enough Lee, there wasn't anybody else from ePz (at least as far as I know) except the Hutch.
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
27 May 2011 11:47PM
I think you summed it up Dave ,those guys were trying when i last visited and i turned away .Found new fresh angles, which is what i try to do rather than follow the leader ...anyway i like your slant on Roseberry and your write up .Wink
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 9:35AM
So beautifully lit, and such a great pov leading the eye throught the blue bells and on to the distance, and the pretty sky to top it.

enjoyed the story - told from the heart too

JimL Plus
11 238 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 7:09PM
for all the hustle n bustle, Lovely image

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