Conistone is a small village in the Yorkshire dales.
The limestone pavement is located above the village itself.
Much of the Yorkshire Dales landscape is influenced by limestone.
It forms many scenic surface (as well as underground) natural features.
One example are "limestone pavements" which are plateaus of bare and weathered rock often found at the top of limestone cliffs (locally known as "scars").
They were originally formed by the scouring action of glaciers during the last ice age.
Over time the corrosive effects of rain water create deep crevases in the rock so that the limestone pavements become sections of "clints" and "grykes".
Clints are the blocks of limestone that make up the paving.
Grykes are the fissures that seperate the clints.
Walking on the 'Pavement' is therefore very difficult!
BTW - The horizon is meant to be as seen ;)
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sarhanp (124) 2005-12-16 5:16
Perfect POV and colors. The composition is strong here by pointing the lonely tree as a foreground of beautiful cloudy sky.
Galmeida (12559) 2005-12-16 5:21
My sharing posts and critiques are with some delay in this moment but I will do my best. Good notes and a nice picture of this limestone pavement. The addition of the tree to the composition is very well seen. Clear and quality picture, with good light, excelent POV and DOF. Good colors and fine sharpness.
Good work and so well composed. Congratulations and my Best Regards.
Svillegas (1169) 2005-12-16 6:18
Great shot, perfect composition and really nice
colours and light. Good job
alekpet (4663) 2005-12-16 6:24
Very nice composition and a great note.
Bare tree combines pretty well with those bare stones.
take care, Aleks
hdl (6995) 2005-12-16 7:36
Hi Stephen. Funny thing is that yesterday, I saw a documentary on the ice ages on television. They also talked about these kind of creations of nature. Nice, interesting shot, with good colours. I like the tree growing there; I wonder how it can keep standing there.
Cormac (26563) 2005-12-16 11:08
Beautiful, just beautiful! This is one of your best shots ever Stephen. The scene is well balanced between the different parts, and the tree is perfectly placed and sized. The rough stones make for a good contrast with the smooth and delicate clouds of the sky. The tree seems to link the two, with the dark grey branches seeming to be an extension of the ground, reaching out to the sky. Superb!
alainh (35581) 2005-12-16 11:48
very beautiful composition.
greats contrastes between rocks and sky.
how can be alive a tree in such conditions
a very good job
have a good day
KevRyan (22952) 2005-12-16 13:20
Very nice Stephen - there's a little fan club of shots of singleton trees in rugged landscapes on here - nice position and a great sky to backdrop the whole image.
Kirych (2703) 2005-12-16 14:22
Wonderful landscape! I like composition with stones and lonely tree.
Good DOF and colors.
xlgo (562) 2005-12-16 16:06
Great shot of these limestone pavements. Tree really stands out well against the bare rock and sky.Great sharpness and colours.
sergecross (3438) 2005-12-17 11:10
Stephen, very well taken.
I like the pov and also the composition with the tree on this landscape.
Philippe (11836) 2005-12-21 14:56
Hello, stephen. A simple but effcient composition with the clints in the foreground and the lonely tree standing well out against the sky. You show us a wide open space so typical of the Yorkshire Dales in a very crisp photo.
pamastro (7290) 2006-01-02 0:11
I really like how the sky and the ground mirror one another. Both seem vast and simple and flat but scarred. It's like a sea of limestone here and an island rising in the background. The tree is really well positioned and it adds some life to the scarred surface despite the tree itself looking mangled, abused and dead. It's almost like a warning to stay off of this landscape because of the difficulty crossing all the grykes would entail. The tilted horizon does add to the feel of sort of bobbling and tripping as you try to walk across the pavement. Nicely taken Stephen.
- Copyright: Stephen Wilkinson (wilkinsonsg) (8662)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-15
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus E-1, 14-54mm Olympus Zuiko, 67mm Hoya Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Lonely tree (II) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-12-16 4:59
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