Friday, 3 March 2017

The Three Peaks on a Late Autumn Afternoon

Intricate Details in November Light

The late afternoon light, 15 minutes before sunset - captured the great glaciated valley of Chapel-le-Dale perfectly as I continued my research into the Ingleborough rocks.

Here, zoomed in from Thornton - you can clearly see the Falls Foot Landslip in the Yoredale Series making up the cone of Ingleborough.

Earlier I'd visited Settle - my favourite town, backed by the impressive High Hill.

High Hill is composed of reef limestone.  It was effectively a barrier separating shallow water at top left from deeper water on the right, 330 million years ago, that is!

Evidence of glaciation: the flat-floored Ribblesdale, near Horton.

Penyghent dominates Ribblesdale like a great slumbering lion.

The great Drumlin Field of North Ribblesdale.  Glacial debris smoothed over by ice - but to be honest, no one can entirely agree how drumlins were formed.

The great viaduct of Batty Green at Ribblehead, backed by Whernside - the highest point in Yorkshire.

Looking across glacial drift to the hamlet of Chapel-le-Dale.

 The wonderful pavements of Southerscales, Ingleborough's finest.

It's often described as unimpressive - but certainly from here Whernside appears majestic.

Southerscales pavements looking north to Ribblehead.

A lonely tree on the pavements is always worth a picture.

The edge of the pavements - with weathered blocks of limestone.

Ingleborough from Thornton in Lonsdale.

Chapel-le-Dale - showing the magnificent glaciated trench, captured in the early evening light.

Even the skies joined in the artistry this afternoon.