DP Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd


There I was framing up a shot of old Stavanger when I caught a glimpse in the corner of my eye of this couple.  They had seemingly just got married and were leading the guest to the Reception venue.  No time to think…just turn and shoot.

The couple were unaware of everyone, happy in their new world.  They certainly turned a few heads amongst all the tourists.

But it is that little girl on the right that has intrigued me… a face in the crowd. I wonder just what her thoughts were ?

My suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge. You can see what others have suggested on this link:- https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/a-face-in-the-crowd/

via Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

22nd February

(C) David Oakes 2018


Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place


Location:-    Dawn on a Spring Tide at Skippool Creek. Wyre Estuary, Lancashire

21st February

(C) David Oakes 2018

The Day just got better…..But was still very cold



Hathersage and Longshaw Moors

Perhaps you joined us yesterday when we climbed up past the cascades in the damp, dark wooded Padley Gorge. Today we continue that trek in what would seem a very different world.  Indeed it is a marked contrast to the dark sided gorge, out onto the open moorland.

On the distant horizon there is a Gritstone edge, an Iron Age Hill Fort , a site later taken over by a Roman garrison as a look out post.  The Gritstone is the underlying rock, it is easily worked so no surprise that there are signs of many small artisan quarries.

_DO84595bbBut there are other contrast.  The wide open moorland in more recent centuries has experienced attempts to tame it.  The Steel City of Sheffield is only a few miles away and the success of that City brought much wealth to a few.  That wealth was used to establish large houses in there own private estates or parklands. Longshaw Moors is one such estate.  Whilst the edges of the moors are cloaked in trees the moors were bare, so in amongst all the boulders in a rather hostile environment Pines were planted and along with Silver Birch have created a new style of moor for this part of Derbyshire…


It is a struggle, illustrated by the many jaunty angles of the trees that have battled against strong winds in this exposed location….


This was indeed a bonus day for us….certainly cold with a sharp wind that added to the chill….and after the shade of the gorge we were glad to take advantage of the bright sunshine, the long shadows and the contrasts in views.

As the day came to a close the clouds began to roll in from the northwest and with them came hints that winter still has away to go….


17th February

(C) David Oakes 2018



Silent Sunday…. So Off to Church


West Door, Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

These magnificent ruins stand proud on the headland towering above the Fishing Village of Whitby.  Founded in 657AD by Hild of Whitby a Christian Saint and credited with advancing the cause of Christianity across Yorkshire and surrounds.  Why here in such an exposed location, well maybe as this was earlier in time a Roman Site had something to do with it.

Whitby Abbey was originally a Christian Monastery but late became a Benedictine Abbey. Like so many religious establishments Whitby did not escape the destructions caused by King Henry VIII and his Dissolution of the Monasteries policies.

Despite only these dramatic ruins remaining, a visit still overpowers you with its size and detailed architecture.  It is a place to ponder on the skills of the builders, the rich colours of the stone, the resilience of the Brethren who once lived here and the cruel eviction in the Dissolutions.  You can still enjoy peace and tranquillity that exist today despite being one of Yorkshire most visited Tourist attractions.  No tour of Yorkshire is complete without a visit.



11th February

(C) David Oakes 2018