Sunday, 26 September 2010

Better late than never - Padley Gorge, 2008 with my new camera

we did this walk in 2008, just after I'd got my new camera (courtesy of Sue) for my birthday. I decided on Padley Gorge so I could 'show off' with the slow shutter on the waterfalls. What I didn't realise was we were going to get a spectacular sunset, and I'd get one of my favourite photo's. The reason it is only just appearing on my blog is. shortly after the walk, we had a catastrophic PC crash, and lost a LOT of info'. I had emailed the walk, but not blogged it.
Here, now, is my chance to redress that.
At the start of the walk is the Totley tunnel which runs under the moorland towards Sheffield. At 6,230 yards long, it's one of the longest in Europe.
Growing on the stonework beside the tunnel was this lovely orchid-like flower.
The stream had a good amount of water in it, so here was my chance to experiment.

At this time of the year, the autumnal colours are amazing, and the floor of the gorge was a haven for any photographer.

Also, with the damp conditions, we saw lots of interesting fungi.
This one looks like a blewit, but is actually called a 'deceiver'.
A patch of honey fungus.
Some really tiny, but beautiful, fungi

We pressed on up the green and verdant gorge towards open country.

This spider was waiting patiently for prey.
The grass was adorned with pearls of morning dew.

Sue sits atop one of many waterfalls.
I collected a few 'specimens' for later.
A fine set of old gateposts
And a Spaniel enjoys drying off after a dip.
This is called 'Toads Mouth' - can you see why?

A small caterpillar on the path.
The clear sky forwards towards Higger tor and Carl Wark.
A wonderful seat.
Inquisitive sheep.
The view from Burbage bridge.
Damage done by off-roaders 'enjoying' themselves.

When we got to the top of the Longshaw estate, the sun was beginning to set in the most spectacular way. We just COULDN'T leave, and so we sat.......and watched.....

Here it is - the picture I love and use as one of my profile pictures - taken by Sue

1 comment:

  1. Holy Toledo, good spider webs. We have one in our redwood trees a good 4-5 feet across, I think it is called the Godzilla Spider!!