Gray Mare’s Tail turned out to be a waterfall. It sounded an interesting place on the map, but I never really expected a waterfall. From the above photograph you can’t really get a good idea of scale but the waterfall drops a spectacular 200 feet. If you click the image above to enlarge to the bigger version you will see a path at the very bottom and a small red dot. After I had taken this photo I walked back over the bridge and up to this red dot, which turned out to be a 2 foot square sign on a large gate. Hopefully that gives you a better idea of the size and scale of this waterfall.
Taken last month up the in the Yorkshire Dales the photograph above shows Wainwath Falls, you can find them about 10 yards from the main B6270 road through Swaledale from Nateby to Richmond. I decided to make this image black and white in Photoshop as I think that there are quality of the water is enhanced with the monochrome effect. The river is quite wide at this point along the road and there are steps down from the road to get to the falls. These aren’t the most interesting falls I saw on my weekend up the Yorkshire Dales and County Durham but it is a photograph I wanted to share with you.
I had taken my tripod with me on Wednesday for my photo walk around town and decided to use it. I was experimenting with capturing the water from this gargoyle at various shutter speeds. I saw this composition and liked the three elements and how I could frame them, although I realise now that the tripod should have been set a little lower to give separation between the lamp and the building in the background. I also meant to find out what the building behind the fountain was but forgot. I took about half an hour over this photograph, like I said I was experimenting with different settings to get the water looking blurred in some and sharp in other pictures. This was my favourite of the set although I am still not happy with the extreme blue of the sky, I tried to tone it down but it didn’t seem to look right. Still, it’s the composition of this picture that made me want to share it with you.
We set off early this morning for Scotland, this is the second time I have travelled up by car and also stopped at the Westmoorland Hotel, just of the M6 motorway at Tebay in the Lake District. The full English buffet breakfast was delicious and good value for money. I would certainly recommend this when traveling up north. We didn’t stay the night at the hotel just enjoyed the breakfast. The photo below shows the view out of the window of the restaurant.