STANAGE EDGE & MAM TOR - A Proper Cloud Inversion, That I Missed!
MONDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2017 HERE.
TODAY I WAS AWOKEN AROUND 7:30AM AND SHOUTED AT THAT IT LOOKED LIKE A GOOD MORNING FOR PHOTOS.
OF COURSE I DIDN'T GET OUT OF BED FOR ANOTHER HALF HOUR.
Then I peeked out the window from the flat and could see down the valley towards Labybower that there was a thick cloud inversion. I can't normally see the inversion from my flat on the edge of Sheffield, and if I can it means it's a proper one.
So I rushed straight out towards Stanage Edge & Higgor Tor.
As I got to the top of Ringinglow Road as usual the sheep were roaming about on the side of the road. They always do here, often in the middle of the road as well. It was very icy so they were definitely taking their lives in their hands with the risk of a skidding car.
Anyway, they looked a little bit gorgeous in the early morning light and with the heather surrounding them. So I stopped for about 30 mins and managed to grab a few more shots to add to my sheep collections.
The sheep were certainly in the mood for posing this morning. I seem to get lucky with some good show off sheeps.
SHEEP SHOTS TAKEN I THEN HEADED ON TOWARDS HIGGER TOR.
As I got to the turn near Higger Tor the extent of the cloud inversion became clear. It really was a complete thick blanket of cloud with only the highest peaks occasionally peeking through, yet with blue skies above.
I was kinda mad at myself for not having just got straight out to here and wasted time with the sheep and a couple of other silly stops.
I stopped for a couple of frames from just below Higger Tor and then headed off down the hill into the fog and onto Mam Tor.
ARRIVED AT MAM TOR AND THINGS LOOKED PROMISING.
I was hoping to see the mist rolling across and over the ridge. I could see Lose Hill and Back Tor above the mist when I arrived.
As I was changing lenses to the zoomy zoomy, it all went gray. The tops of the ridge disappeared and never came back. The inversion was lifting in full thickness, creating cold wind and thick fog.
O DECIDED TO HEAD OFF TO BOLE HILL QUARRY INSTEAD AND CATCH THE LAST OF THE MIST LIFTING THERE AND MAYBE SOME FROSTY DETAILS.
Bole Hill was pretty good, I was again a little bit late for the best of the mist. For me, I enjoy the last hour of mist as the sun breaks through and creates a real flat white in the mist. If the mist if too thick (probably technically fog) then it's good, but lacks a sense of depth sometimes.
I got a few shots here, mostly macro stuff of the frost on the grasses and leaves but also some trees breaking out of the mist. I also shared pretty much the whole thing on Instagram live. If you missed it, you missed out. Find my Instagram here and stay alert for live videos.
So yet another lesson on getting up earlier and having a planned location
Being a photographer involves the ability to get out and find the best locations. I am a better photographer when I arrange to meet someone, as I feel bad if I am late and let them down. If going solo I just tend to talk myself out of each location or even getting up at all.
So if you wanna arrange to meet on a very early morning let me know.
It's amazing how beautiful and varied the Peak District is really.