Smardale Viaduct is part of the beautiful and wonderful old and now unused railway line from our industrial past.
I have attached a ws to show the full image but decided to post this one for its creativity.
The spectacular Smardale Gill viaduct which, 90ft high on fourteen stone arches, crosses the dramatic valley of Scandal Beck a few miles west of Kirkby Stephen.
It was built in 1861 by the Cumbrian engineer Sir Thomas Bouch as part of the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway, which crossed the Pennines to carry coke to the iron and steel furnaces in the Barrow area and West Cumberland. The line was closed in 1962 after steelmaking finished.
The trackbed for several miles at each end of the viaduct already belonged to the Cumbria Wildlife Trust as a national nature reserve, and the viaduct was vital link between then two sections. In the Autumn of 1992 after a major restoration, the viaduct was formally handed over to the trust by the late Lord Whitelaw, together with the nearby Drygill viaduct, to become a permissive footpath.
The viaduct has been restored by the Northern Viaduct Trust into its present excellent condition, and a public footpath utilises the viaduct to cross the valley. This can be accessed from near to the old station (NY 741082) where there is also car parking space.
Smardale Gill itself is a nature reserve under the care of Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
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snunney (72566) 2011-01-16 3:27
An interesting study in shadow play with a most apt title. The vertical format is well chosen to emphasise the graphical lines Very good colours and sharpness.
williewhistler (9787) 2011-01-16 3:41
Hello Richard,I like the shadow effect very much,that is well seen,the viaduct curves nicely into the scene all with a lovely blue sky.Very nice image.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-01-16 4:30
Very nice scene . Like the way the shadow on the snow.Nice contrast of colors between the sky and the snow.
serp2000 (33057) 2011-01-16 4:41
My compliments! Impressive contrast, superb colours, outstanding composition! Excellent photowork!
timecapturer (36972) 2011-01-16 4:52
impressive shadow, giving the shot great depth and drama. Well seen and taken.
Graal (92110) 2011-01-16 5:00
amazing shadow, fine theme good captured. An interesting pattern on the snow. photo well done.
Have a nice day.
Royaldevon (21367) 2011-01-16 7:29
This is a wonderful shot to exemplify sunshine and shadows! What great observation!
You have chosen a good pov where the curve of the viaduct leads the eyes round to the impressive shadow, adorning the snowy hilside. A very nice composition and interesting contrasts.
Altogether, a most pleasing shot.
My warm regards,
faletiz (10759) 2011-01-16 9:51
perfect management of lights and shadows. A nice shot original and harmonious. Beautiful colors and excellent sharpness.
Fis2 (76908) 2011-01-16 11:12
Interesting POV and composition.
Good vertical frame and colours.
I like light and shadow.
Very impressive picture.
Have a nice week.
JFS (32453) 2011-01-17 12:29
Good play of lights and shadows on this bright image. Lovely sky too.
holmertz (31208) 2011-01-17 12:55
Although we cannot really see the viaduct, the shadows tells us all. Yoy have used the shadow and the strong contrasts on this sunny day very cleverly. The dark vaults have formed a very attractive pattern on the shining white snow. This is an inventive way of showing a piece of 19th century engineering.
hispic (9619) 2011-01-17 19:40
Shadow on the snow is captured by far the best way. Blue in the shadow well conveys the coldness of this winter. the title is also nice.
Have a nice day, Hisashi
danos (78036) 2011-01-19 0:31
Good morning Richard,
nice the view of the snowy unused railway line with its shadow to outlined perfect against the snow that is spread on the hill's cliff.I like the creative perspective as the depth of the scene.
Have a good day,danos
s_lush (16044) 2011-01-22 0:37
This is a highly aesthetic and interesting presentation of such a well designed transportation facilities. The composition, point of view, management of light and color, and photographic qualities are absolutely perfect here. Excellent job!
jlbrthnn (79789) 2011-01-22 2:47
You got the look that suited the landscape and the impact of light. The blue shadow of the viaduct is magnificent. The framing is remarkable. I also like the natural colors. I appreciate the quality of the work. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Charo (51208) 2011-01-25 10:49
Great capture and composition.
I really like the perspective of the bridge casting its shadow on the snow and the beautiful contrast with blue sky. Very well seen!