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Bank Holiday Weekend in the Wolds - Sunday (updated)

'Spring in Sylvan Dale'
'Spring in Sylvan Dale'


The Saturday was a bit of a wash out but the forecast for Sunday was very promising - a mixture of sunny and cloudy conditions. I picked up Paul at 4:30 again and we headed straight over to Millington. It was very cloudy and misty at first so rather than head straight to Sylvan Dale we decided to scout out Scoar Dale for a while first where I had made a favourite image last October.

Since then the valley has been stripped of a fair amount of hawthorn and the tree I used in that composition has now gone. I did find a number of compositions I would like to try out but these required different conditions or in some cases next year's hawthorn. (Bushes seem to flower on alternate years).

We crossed to Sylvan Dale and headed up one side. I was feeling sluggish and I setup an image that I was not really happy with looking towards Millington Village. Sitting down waiting for the light, an owl was hunting in the valley floor below. There are worse ways of spending a sunday morning.

I like the idea of this view over to Millington (thank you Paul for suggesting it) but I am not sure it is nailed with my image. One for further development I think.

Once I finally made the image, the mist and cloud had burned off to reveal perfect sunny/cloudy conditions and the wind started to get up. We crossed the valley to the other side and I noticed the shape of the wonderful line of trees. I spotted a hawthorne tree on the hillside above me and climbed up to it, and I setup the main composition at the top of the page. Once setup it was a matter of waiting for the rapidly changing light to paint the image perfectly. I am very pleased with this one - I think it is amongst my strongest images of the Wolds so far.

I also used the same tree to setup in the other direction. Not quite as successful but still a very pleasing composition. By this stage it was really windy and I just love the movement in the tree in this image as well as the fabulous shadow cast over Scoar Dale.

'From Sylvan Dale to Scoar Dale'
'From Sylvan Dale to Scoar Dale'


The same spot yielded a third composition with the 450 lens. It is an interesting idea:

'Sylvan Tree'
'Sylvan Tree'


By this stage it was late morning and the subtlety in the light was begining to go. Exhilarated by a wonderful morning, Paul and myself packed up and headed for home.