August is the time for heather blooming on our North Yorkshire Moors National Park. The heather moorlands are designated a SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) and are well managed by the landowners mainly for the grouse shooting which brings very high revenue. It can cost several thousand £s for a days shooting. The grouse shooting season will start on12th August.
An interesting fact is there is less heather moorland in the world than tropical rainforests. An astonishing 70% of all the world’s heather is to be found in our tiny British Isles, and the biggest area of it in England and Wales is here in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Scotland has more.
The Yorkshire Moors are characterised by high ridges and low dales. This image is of a standing stone on Blakey Ridge overlooking Farndale. I took this image low to the ground, but you can see the dale better on the CI which I took standing up. This particular standing stone is more than likely merely a boundary marker
I think I included plenty of "Land" facts to make this image perfect for the theme.
Good start for the season of Land shooting. I like the idea of the shot with both the heather and the stone landmark; clearly well fitting ToM.
The CI image is more interesting regarding the stone landmark, but I prefer the main post for the overall composition, the light and the blooming heather having a stronger impact in foreground.
The wide area of header is fascinating as is also the colour of them. I cannot say which of the two photos I like more, because both are fine in their own way. The main is concentrating more on the heather, whiles the CI shows more of the beautiful area. And both have that interesting standing stone. This contribution fits perfectly to the theme.
Tout comme ici le mois d'août est la période où les fleurs sont au maximum de leur beauté. La photo originale nous montre bien le fleurs en avant plan mais je préfère le CI avec une belle vue sur la campagne. Le monument ajoute de l'intérêt à la photo.
Toutes mes félicitations,
Beautiful and vast moorland full of pink heather in its peak. I wonder how long they last, a few weeks? And that stone so erect and standing out in the plain, excellent detail of it in the CI. The pale pink blossom looks like a giant carpet out in the moorland. Those clouds adds to the mood of the landscape.
feather (2016/08/02 07:21:09): The heather starts to come out in late July and probably is gone by early September. Mid to late August is the peak time when the moors are ablaze with it.
There is little doubt in my mind that the main post is the photo I prefer. It seems more expansive or wider with the tower and heavy clouds providing the viewer a fine landscape. I don't think I have ever seen heather. It must have some use as well. Lastly, it seems to me that there was a song , long ago, about the heather on the heath or heather and the heath. Maybe a Scotch song by Sir Harry Lauder. Don't know if that is the correct spelling,
Nicely done. R
feather (2016/08/03 14:07:08): I found it for you Roger. A Wee Hoose 'Mang the Heather He speaks before he sings.
If you need the dialect translating it means "A small house among the heather" 😄
Hm, I might prefer the CI, not sure but maybe the "far away looks" over the land is even more "land" but on the other hand the color of the blooming heather is much more intense in the main image. Well we can simply not compare, it's just both images very well composed. Yes moody the grey storm clouds, they really work perfectly with the color of the flowers, it makes it even more wind-swept looking, even more remote out in the field alone. Interesting the boundary marker, you cannot ignore this one, that's for sure :-)
Many land facts to absorb and learn by, I never realised that 70% of all heather was in the UK. I like both images and would have found it hard to choose. The standing stone is an interesting addition in both.
I would like to step immediately into your picture - perhaps better into the large version ;-) The contrast between the sky and these wonderful heather foreground simply is stunning. Additionally I like the impression of wideness in these photos. A really wonderful and inviting landscape - and a great contribution to our theme.
Greetings from very wet and cool Germany!
the clouds seem to have the same hue as the heater on top of the hill, we can see the landscape very far away and the standing stone is a good point for the trekkers and also a focal point for the photographers
these are the same flowers I can find in the homeland of my parents in Portugal at this part of the year. Very beautiful view with the colored field and this stormy weather above. the stone is a fabulous mark here. TFS.
Splendid detail in the heather while the standing stone makes a fine focal point as it reaches for the stormy sky. Seeing the valley in the CI is interesting, yet I think you made the right choice for primary with its simple balance. This brings back memories of our lovely trip to view the heather. You and Rob do a great Yorkshire tour.
feather (2016/08/08 08:13:50): Thanks Pat. I think we stopped here when we showed you round.
So little elements in this image and yet a composition that is fully engaging to ones eyes. The wild flowers on the ground, the 'menhir' in complete opposition with everything else in the image by its vertical presentation and finally the 'so British' bad weather sky.
I really like it!
feather (2016/09/20 20:55:08): Thanks for the fave Peter. From you that is an honour! 😄