August and the moors are looking glorious in their purple coat. The warm spring and summer has meant that the heather has come early this year and the heather is looking particularly bright and hopefully will last a while yet.
After the success of Janet’s “Heather at Sunset” on Egton moor, we were determined to produce some more good heather shots, so August has proved a particularly busy time for us, spending many a long day on the moors. An initial foray up onto Egton moor showed that Egton was proving slow to flower this year, but Rosedale and Danby more than made up for it. I spent several evenings and an early morning on Danby Rigg overlooking Little Fryup Dale whilst keeping an eye on Stone Bank above Rosedale. Stone bank offered up a nice set of images, but I got severely midged in the process.
With variable weather it is always a lottery choosing the right time to be up on the moors, but I managed to get a lovely afternoon at Northdale Rigg as well as a good set at the Rosedale millennium cross, one of which is destined to become a new card. But I was still on the lookout for an evening shot.
A look at the weather forecast convinced us that Tuesday morning would be good, so we set the alarm for early and went out before dawn on what proved to be a cold and much cloudier morning that expected, but it still gave us some nice shots. A quick look at the sky that evening convinced me that the cloud would persist, so I declined to go out, only for the sky to clear slightly and produce an unforgettable sunset! Such is the life of a landscape photographer………… I can see why Van Gough chopped his ear off!
Wednesday proved very cloudy and looked set to stay that way, but I kept an eye on the sky anyway. As the evening wore on the sky started to clear, so I shot up Rosedale Chimney bank and hiked over the moor to Ana Cross on what looked a most promising evening. As the sun sank in the sky a heavy bank of cloud descended on the horizon, spoiling the sunset, but not before I came away with another nice set of images and a good set of midge bites!
All in all it’s been a pleasure spending so much time on the moors, though it can be hard work and long hours, but it has been worth it as we now have a significant portfolio of heather shots so time well spent.