Autumn in the Peak District

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:

Wyming Brook Cascade - Peak District Photography

Wyming Brook Cascade – Peak District Photography

Wyming Brook Cascade - Peak District Photography

Wyming Brook Cascade – Peak District Photography

Wyming Brook Autumn Tree - Peak District Photography

Wyming Brook Autumn Tree – Peak District Photography

 

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.

Chatsworth Weir Sunrise - Peak District Photography

Chatsworth Weir Sunrise – Peak District Photography

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):

Chastworth Autumn Larches - Peak District Photography

Chastworth Autumn Larches – Peak District Photography

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:

Chatsworth Autumn Trees - Peak District Photography

Chatsworth Autumn Trees – Peak District Photography

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:

Deers Rutting at Chatsworth - Peak District Photography

Deers Rutting at Chatsworth – Peak District Photography

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:

Froggatt Edge Sunset - Peak District Photography

Froggatt Edge Sunset – Peak District Photography

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:

Froggatt Edge Rock Pool - Peak District Photography

Froggatt Edge Rock Pool – Peak District Photography

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:

Froggatt Edge Autumn - Peak District Photography

Froggatt Edge Autumn – Peak District Photography

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:

Avenue of Autumn - Peak District Photography

Avenue of Autumn – Peak District Photography

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:

Abbey Brook Larches - Peak District Photography

Abbey Brook Larches – Peak District Photography

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:

Nether Hay Autumn - Peak District Photography

Nether Hay Autumn – Peak District Photography

 

 

By | 2016-11-02T23:14:35+00:00 December 4th, 2013|Peak District, Peak District Photography|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Andy Keeble December 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    James,
    What a cracking set of Autumnal images, I am finding it impossible to choose which is best!

    With the end of the year fast approaching have you got anything planned for 2014?

    I hope you have a great Christmas mate, hopefully Santa will be generous. I have asked for the 1DX and the new Canon200-400 but I have got no chance lol!!!

    Happy New Year mate

    Andy

    • James Grant December 10, 2013 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Thanks Andy!

      Next year I hope to do more wild camping and travelling 🙂 Finally getting to a point where I’m happy with my kit now I’ve got the A7R so funds should be a bit more free.

      Everyone with a Canon seems to want that lens! I don’t think Santa will be generous but I’ve bought most of what I want myself 🙂

      Have a great Christmas and New Year and thanks for your support.

      James

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