I can't believe this is my first blog of the year! Having spent some time after Christmas distracted from writing, and to some extent photographing, I thought it was high time I started again!
This week I spent a day in the Peak District.
The alarm jolted me into consciousness in the darkness, the display read 4.50am! I had no one else to blame but myself for waking at this unearthly hour. Despite this, getting up wasn't as painful as I'd expected. My bag was already packed all I had to do was fill the flask & head out.
The previous night's forecast had shown fog in the morning lifting to reveal a sunny day. A great day to be out for sunrise, and as long as I could get high enough above the fog, I thought I would have a good chance of getting some great early morning shots.
There is something about driving out in the dark to do a shoot, passing all the houses with curtains shut, as most people are still sleeping, hardly any cars on the road, an uninterrupted journey! I love the peace that you can find so early in the morning, even in the built up suburbia of South Manchester, but I couldn't wait to get out into the hills.
It was not a great surprise to me that I didn't get to my original choice for sunrise. I can get distracted along the way, and this morning was no exception. Travelling on the road from Chapel en le Frith towards Castleton, the view across the valley towards Hope, with the Chimney stack peaking up above the fog, & the sun rising over the hills in the distance, was not to be missed. So I pulled in & climbed up the hillside for a better view.
Once I was happy with the shots over the valley, and the sun was starting to rise a little too far above the horizon, I set off for my original destination. Stanage Edge near Hathersage is a favourite place of mine, but I had not managed a dawn shoot there yet. At 1400ft it was well above the fog that hung in the valleys below & I enjoyed a very peaceful time at the top, with only the grouse for company, watching the fog slowly lift below. Once the climbers started to arrive it was my cue to go and have breakfast!
Here are two of the photos from that trip. There are some more in my Peak District Gallery on the website, please wander over there to have a look