Dawn over the Stiperstones

23rd November 2013
I have often driven over to the Stiperstones from the back way in the hope of capturing the sun rising above the Manstone Rocks or the Devils Chair so far to no avail. I have often gone out at moonrise and set to achieve the same lovely drive but not exactly what I am after. Today was not much different, however I did manage something close to what I was hoping for. It is often the case when you have your heart set on something that it is more luck than judgement the day you actually capture that exact moment you have been dreaming of. I wanted to walk up the stones and get the valley in the fog my knees had other ideas and after a few tentative climb attempts I gave up and walked the mobility route. To no avail the light was simply not as I wished it to be. Beautiful all the same but not quite.

So I meandered the Hope Valley in the trail of a landrover feeding the sheep. There were some lovely fog scenes so I parked up on the side and got the tripod and everything set up. Suddenly there was a thundering of hooves and I slowly turned to see a whole host of horses obviously just been let out to graze in a field to the right of me. As I turned I happened to notice coming over the brow of the hill a great big blooming herd of cows. HUGE BROWN COWS! I am not exaggerating as big as my CAR COWS!. Ok anyone reading posts from me will know my luck with cows is legendary bad. So I was not hanging around to see how inquisitive this lot would be.

Tripod legs slammed home, back to car as fast as possible and onwards to the Long Mynd where I can capture fog layers where I know there is never any cows. The Long Mynd does have a lot of wild ponies though and today I managed to capture some lovely ones of a little group of them.

The shot here is of the Stiperstones. Not sure which set I don't think it is Manstone or the Devils Chair though.

Rest of the day was spent setting up the Christmas Window for Barbara's Picture Framing. It looks lovely if you get a chance and are in Church Stretton do go down Beaumont Road and take a look.

I'm off for a hot soak in the bath to relieve some aching muscles before tea.

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