Evening Hour At Curbar Edge
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Evening Hour At Curbar Edge

Wherever I travel throughout the UK I take my camera with me. There is always an opportunity to capture something of the British way of life and record forever the scene that is before me.

I capture memories with my camera. My landscape photographs are how I remembered the places that I have visited. They conjure up for me the feeling that I had at the time. They bring back the emotion that I felt, the sounds and smells. In short, they help me to relive my visit.

This landscape photograph was taken on Curbar Edge one evening with dramatic colour in the sky.

Curbar Edge

It took me some while to work out what the word Edge meant in place names across the Peak District. Curbar Edge is a cliff that overlooks the village of Curbar. Derwent Edge, Stanage Edge, Burbage Edge (Upper and Lower), Froggatt Edge, Baslow Edge, Gardoms Edge and Birchens Edge are other Edges in the Peak District. In fact, there is even a 9 Edges Challenge that includes climbing all of the edges.

The correct definition of an Edge is a gritstone escarpment. You can clearly see a gritstone pile in my photograph. Behind the rock, the ground falls away to where the little village of Curbar nestles under the shadow of the Edge.

In this particular photograph, I love the contrast between the solid and unmoveable rock with the clouds racing across the dramatic late evening sky. The gritstone is unusually yellow as the sun is very low in the sky. This is called 'Golden Hour' - and you can see why!

In just a few moments the sun would dip below the horizon, the golden glow would fade and the sky become dark blue.

Location: Curbar Edge, Hope Valley, Peak District.

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