29th September 2018 by emmadurnford

29th September 2018

We got to ride in Hester and Brian’s VW camper van today as they drove us over to the village of Mucker in the Yorkshire Dales. It is stunning countryside although I think Colin felt a little car sick as we are not used to being in such a high vehicle.

Mucker is a typical Yorkshire village in Swaledale with surrounding farmland and the colours of autumn are just starting to show. This is my favourite photo from the afternoon, taken shortly before a delicious lunch at the local tea shop. Afterwards we headed to a nearby river to look for the leaping salmon but sadly they were not performing.

In the evening I treated us all to a very nice pub dinner in a very remote place. On route Hester spotted a barn owl on a telegraph pole by the edge of the road which is the first I have seen for many years. Afterwards we drove past the Ribblehead viaduct again as I wanted to try some night photography. Unfortunately the moon was quite full on the evening so although it was clear, it was difficult leave a long enough exposure for the starts. However I did manage to capture some which is a major achievement against past failed attempts in the Atacama desert in Chile, the Kielder observatory in Northumberland and on Menorca!

Some more images from Mucker and of stars over the Ribblehead viaduct:


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