11 December 2012


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Ogston Reservoir in December. It's a place I had never visited before. It sits in the Amber Valley a couple of miles south west of the former Derbyshire mining village of Clay Cross. Near the southern end of the reservoir is ancient Ogston Hall, hidden by trees and out-of-bounds to the general public. To the east a major railway line sweeps northwards from Derby towards Chesterfield and Sheffield.
I planned a six mile walking route that would encircle the reservoir even though there isn't a designated footpath hugging the shoreline. On Temperance Hill just south of Handley I took my trusty walking boots from the car's boot. After passing through Woolley, I came to the delightful hamlet of Brackenfield - just off the map. Its imposing church was extended by the "noble" families who have occupied Ogston Hall long before the little bowl of a valley was flooded back in 1957.

The peaceful and affluent atmosphere of the area was in stark contrast to the post-industrial deprivation of Clay Cross. Two ladies pranced by on chestnut mares as a pair of dimwitted peacocks squawked from a cottage garden.

In northern England in mid-December, evening arrives far too soon and by three o' clock the low sun was already threatening to disappear behind a bank of trees as, returning to my car, I snapped this picture. I'm rather proud of it - so eat your heart out Baxatron!
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Ogston Reservoir in mid-December


  1. Nothing can match the beauty that nature provided and you did a great job of capturing one of those moments. Bravo.

  2. MARY Z I take many pictures and only very occasionally do I download a photo that make me say "wow".
    KELLY As I get older, I appreciate Nature more and more. It's like a therapy for the soul.
    LIBBY You mean - as in "The Ugly Duckling"? Or were you referring to the photo?... Ha! Ha! Only kidding!

  3. I jave never, ever managed to take a decent picture facing into the sun. You will have to give me some tips when you have the time because your example here is stunning.


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