Muted start to the day on the Moors


Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

The morning started very slowly, grey cloud did its very best to hide the sun.  Last time I was on the moor the heather was in full bloom, now all that remains are the dry dead seed heads.  Although Stanton Moor is not that high it is high enough for the Birch to have lost most of their leaves.

The day may have started with a stutter but it seemed inevitable that as the day developed the sun would have its way. The low rays giving added colour to the bracken that had started to fade ready for winter…





Apart from a few skylarks dipping in and out of the heather and a Buzzard soaring overhead we had the Moors to ourselves….always a spiritual experience.

29th October

(C) David Oakes 2016


9 thoughts on “Muted start to the day on the Moors

  1. Superb David – that last shot looks so much like it was taken on Ilkley moor looking over the Wharfe Valley towards Denton moor. You always seem to capture the essence of the place whenever you photograph moorland – few manage that.

    • Thank you….that is a great compliment all the more special coming from someone who knows 😊 Stanton Moor is the softer of the Derbyshire moors,not the wildest or highest but a distinct open feel all of its own

  2. You can clearly see it now: Winter is coming. Still ,just under 8 weeks we celebrate YULE again. The Winter Equinox. From then the light will return again and so the Wheel turns. This weekend in may places people celebrate Hallowe’en. The veils are thin according Pagan beliefs. A meeting with your mum’s grandmother could be possible. 🙂

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