Autumn in the Peak District is officially over so I thought I’d share some of my images I took of this spectacular season of colour before winter takes its full grasp on us.
With last winter being somewhat stretched out, it seemed to push Autumn back somewhat. I usually aim for the pinnacle of Autumn around November 1st to the 5th but it’s probably fair to say it was around 2 weeks late this year.
First off, here are some images of Wyming Brook. Autumn colours don’t show through loads as it was really the start of the transformation:
This year, I knew I had to get Chatsworth in its Autumn glory and spent quite a few visits here trying to capture the colours:
The first one is of the weir as the River Derwent crashes down it. It has been a shot I have admittedly wanted for years but always put it off favouring going up a hill rather than staying low down. Now living in Matlock, only 10 minutes away I really had no excuse not to get this shot. So I set off on a cold frosty morning for sunrise, a lot of the elements came together with the clouds lighting up, the water being calm and reflective above the weir and mist rising off. Magical.
The next shot is of the larches across from the small village of Beeley. These really turn a vibrant colour in late autumn providing one of the best spectacles of autumn (even if they aren’t a native tree):
I was encapsulated by these trees below, the autumn colours looked really good but I also liked the variation between each tree and the very soft lighting on them:
Finally, it would have been rude not to get a shot of the deer rutting with autumn as a backdrop. I caught these two at it with a larger stag seemingly keeping watch:
The day after that, I headed up to Froggatt Edge (after a failed sunset the day before) for sunset. The first image and the light was really good even if the skies were a little clearer than I would have liked. It’s quite difficult to get a composition on Froggatt Edge, but I hope I did it justice here:
Next, it was facing 180 degrees the other way concentrating on this rock pool looking up towards the Hope Valley while soft side lighting highlighted all the textures:
The final image from Froggatt I was very pleased with the composition, and despite the clear skies there was enough cloud on the horizon where the sun was setting to block the last bits of light so I was gutted I didn’t find it earlier. That said I quite liked the level of detail and texture throughout the image with a splash of Autumn below:
My final images are from around the upper derwent valley taken along a walk starting at Ladybower going up to Howden.
This first one was of some fantastic colour by the side of Derwent Reservoir where an avenue of trees really made the autumn colours shone through while a low sun cast shadows across:
The next image was of Abbey Brook looking towards the larches of the other side of the reservoir. The colour again was really something else:
Finally, while walking up to Nether Hay through the Larches I decided to turn around and look back from where I had come. A wise choice I think as it turned out a really nice shot: