Late Winter Walkabout

Posted: February 19, 2012 by tallbloke in Photography, weather

Kath and I headed off northwards on my birthday last thursday to enjoy the delights of the Yorkshire Dales. I took my Ricoh GX200 pocket camera along in the hope of some bright weather and big scenery. As it turned out, we got some pretty changeable conditions, from grey overcast skies and low cloud to hail, rain, snow flurries interspersed with sunny moments, and finally a blue sky day today. Here are some of the better photos from our trip.

The rest of the best are here:


  1. Wonderful photos!

    I wish we could come back to the Dales, but we live thousands of miles away. Thanks for sharing these evocative photos.

  2. Zeke says:

    That castle looks like a nice place to house the Department of Energy and Climate Change, while you defeat the Worthless Wind Armanda.

    But watch those notes in the beer kegs….

  3. tallbloke says:

    Michael, welcome, and thankyou. Sorry to hear you are so far from God’s own county. A pilgrimage must be on the cards…

  4. tchannon says:

    That’s Tallbloke Towers HQ ready for the next police raid.

    Looks like you have enjoyed yourself, nice to get to see real outdoors.

  5. James says:

    What a wonderful world. Thanks TB

  6. Dart says:

    All these pictures add a personal dimension to your excellent blog. Thank-you.
    Blue sky is hard to find around the Blue Mtns of Sydney too. Extreme rains, – so cool that my English Elm (a rarity in England these days I gather) is dropping leaves already.

  7. Ed Caryl says:

    Between your pictures and the James Herriot books (read them all), I really want to see the Yorkshire Dales. On the Bucket List.

  8. TG McCoy says:

    Much like Oregon:
    We don’t have any Castles to speak of, Much to the irrtation of my
    Scots highand blood..

  9. Aussie says:

    what wonderful pictures.

    Whilst it was raining around the Blue Mountains, and we had storms in Canberra, on the Central Coast it was fine and dandy over the weekend. We were house hunting and this time we found something….!!!

  10. Peter Crawford says:

    Very nice TB. I do enjoy hiking and mountaineering pics. Castle Bolton was used as a location for the very first Blackadder series. By the way, Gwynedd, Wales is God’s own county. Surprised at your ignorance there 🙂

  11. Stephen Richards says:

    Hi TB

    I Love Yorkshire but live in France. My wife enjoys the dry, sunny and warm with a swimming pool as opposed to the cold, wet and cloudy with a useless swimming pool.

    I spent a lot of my later working years in Yorkshire. Myth-royd (can’t remember how to spell it now) in the Calder, Middlesborough, York, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, a lot of time in the dales. Stunning place, really nice people.

  12. tallbloke says:

    Peter: Thanks. You must have heard the one about the tourist from Gwynedd who points to the red telephone high up next to the pulpit in York Minster and asks the bishop what it’s for.

    “Why lad,” says the Bishop, “that’s t’ hot line to God o’course.”

    “It must be expensive” exclaims Taff.

    “Nay lad,” replies the Bishop, “’tis only local rate from here.” 🙂

    Stephen: we fly to Malaga on Ryanair el cheapo tickets for 10 days soon. I’m looking out for a bit of growing land in off the Costa Tropical where I can site a telescope too…

  13. Brian H says:

    But where are the birdies?
    speight (plural speights)

    (bird) a woodpecker.

    I think you wanted “spate”.

    spate (plural spates)

    A river flood; an overflow or inundation.

  14. tallbloke says:

    Three – Two to Brian. 🙂

  15. I hope you enjoyed a pint at the Green Dragon? Last time I saw the Force, you’d have waited a while for it to fill a pint glass!

  16. wayne says:

    Hey, TB, happy birthday though late reading this. That waterfall looks like it’d be a great stop come summer!

  17. tallbloke says:

    MH: We called by early, so no pint.

    Wayne, thanks. As MH notes, the waterfall is much less exciting in summer, but the management have put a lot of investment into the facilities over the last few years, and the rooms and camping site are great.

  18. I was in the Green Dragon at the beginning of Feb, when we had that mini-freeze. My friend and I had decided to go take some long-exposure photos of waterfalls in the Dales. We covered Scalebar Force, Beezley Falls and Hardraw Force.

    It’d been a week or so since we’d seen a proper deluge, though, so “the Force was weak” in comparison with your visit ().
    It’s a mighty sounding thing, even when the flow is less substantial. I imagine that if you didn’t go with earplugs, you came away with tinnitus. Love the shot. 🙂

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