I have admired from afar this sculpture on the skyline at the head of Mallerstang for 10 years, and every time I saw it, I promised myself to visit. One day.
Well, 'one day' came yesterday. And despite all the good weather we have had recently when I could have visited and had great light, great colours, distant views etc, this was not the case yesterday.
The sculpture, by Mary Bourne, is one of ten spread throughout the Eden Valley, under the collective title of the Eden Benchmarks. All are different and all designed to be sat on. And very welcome it was too !
This one represents the The River Eden, the headwaters of which rise in the hills behind. The river is deemed to start at the base of Hell Gill Force, above which it is called Hell Gill, which rises as Red Gill some two miles further away.
The view here takes the eye towards the North Pennines, and Cross Fell, the highest spot in England, outside of the Lake District. To the left you might make out the route of the Settle Carlisle railway, which has often appeared in my gallery.
If you care to, you can see a bigger image in Beta
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madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-08-20 9:54
beautiful place..nice artwork...
lovely colour tones..nice ambiance...
great sharpness..good POV & DOF..
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2013-08-21 3:16
I love the idea of using this beautiful natural landscape as a canvass for these sculptures, and this is a fine one indeed. It looks perfect both in its setting, and in your composition. The light and colors are really great on this. thanks for sharing, would love to see more of the set of 10!
all the best
macondo (18623) 2013-08-21 3:59
The beta version is how I trawl through the gallery, so this huge pair of wire-cutters loomed up very dramatically among the 800 pixel stuff. You seem to have achieved a bit of shallowness in the DOF, which adds to the impact. I can just fit the whole picture on my 24" screen - the sharpness and detail in the sculpture makes a telling contrast with the gentle tones in the valler, mountains and sky behind. I'm a little puzzled by what looks to me for all the world like a large teddy bear bedecked in I know not what, to the left of the base, and perhaps 30 or 40 metres away.
I trust you and your family are well. It was a pleasure to meet you at Richard's.
mkamionka (31457) 2013-08-21 10:53
I hoped to find some photos from Poland in your gallery already :)
Very interesting sculpture here, someone had a great idea. You have presented it well with the beautiful landscape opening just behind it. Interesting atmosphere and a typical English weather well captured,
Very well done,
emka (82506) 2013-08-21 23:44
How are you? For me too, very often when i think i do something "one day" this one day never comes. But finally you came closer. indeed, we can imagine the river in this sculpture. splendid view of the area around it. stunning in the big format.
- Copyright: Martin Richter (MJR) (3360)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-19
- Categories: Nature, Artwork
- Camera: Canon 5D Mk 2, Canon 35-350L USM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-20 9:05