Posts Tagged ‘October 2015’

A waterfall in Deepdale

November 6, 2015

Some might call me a bit old fashioned. When I want to take photos I use one of those rather quaint things called a camera. Now I’m not so old fashioned that I use a film camera. In fact I was the first person I knew who turned to digital photography. What I mean is, I don’t use a phone or, heaven forbid, try to waft a tablet in front of my face to take a photo. I like a camera with a viewfinder I can hold to my eye. Of course, from time to time I make use of the live screen on the back of the camera and at times I could wish for one with a swivel screen. But I grew up in the age of the box camera and found the eye level viewfinder such a boon and I have no long term wish to go back.

One ‘hazard’ of my choice is that if I take a portrait format photo I have to rotate it on my computer and that’s what I had to do with this photo of a waterfall in Deepdale, not far from Dent where we were staying.

image002 But sometimes you get things wrong. I did here. That photo is upside down. I was staggered at how it still seemed to work as a waterfall.


That’s the right way round.

This waterfall is on Gastack Beck and is close beside the road from Dent to Ingleton. This is not a hugely visited area but is as lovely as elsewhere in the Yorkshire Dales.

Let’s see a different view of the same fall.


Taking a leap

November 3, 2015

I rather suspect my days of taking a leap are over but others are much more gutsy than me and are determined to have a go. Some of the others, I’m sure, are human but what I’m talking about here are salmon.

About three weeks ago we stood beside the River Ribble at Stainforth Force and watched salmon attempting to leap up the waterfall to reach the spawning grounds further upstream. Let’s have a look at the biggest of several jumps the salmon have to make.

I’ve seen an estimate of the height of this fall as 7 feet 2 inches. My own rough and ready estimate was, ‘about the height of a man’. It’s a hefty leap for a salmon. We had hardly got there when we saw our first leaper.


I’m afraid this salmon, and all others we saw, didn’t make it. It fell back to the lower level.


This one got so close but fell back again.


I think this was the biggest fish we saw. I remember being gobsmacked at the time at the size of this one. I estimated it at about three feet but could be way out.


We were not alone watching the salmon. In fact it was quite a spectator sport.

It was a real experience to see these gallant leapers attempt this jump. Enough must make it to keep the species going. I’d like to have seen one succeed.




Another Heron

October 30, 2015

Do we all get more interested in wildlife as we get older? I’m not sure and I know I have always got a little thrill out of seeing interesting plants and animals.

Herons (correctly grey herons) were not that common in my childhood and so they always created a little bit of excitement when seen. These days I seem to see them quite often but still get a buzz from seeing them and, if possible, grabbing a photo or two.

Earlier this month we made our way along the Trough of Bowland in Lancashire. We had stopped for a wander when my wife thought she saw a heron fly over. Soon it buzzed right past us and settled but not in the best place for photography although my wife, using our old (20th century) camera with 1.3mpixel images, captured this one.


Heron decided we constituted a threat and made off to another location where he felt safe. I’m sure he was right, but he came well within range of my camera.


Herons are such odd looking birds when on the ground. An annoying wall between me and him hid his feet.

Time to hold camera above head height and shoot and hope.


What a character! I love his little spiky hair do.


He really is a grand chap (or girl for I can’t tell the difference).