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The Limestone Pavement

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Hello All!

This is the last in this mini-series of images gathered on and around Malham Cove, North Yorkshire, in May.

The magnificent limestone pavement on the surface of the Cove roof is deeply fissured and fretted by a pattern of channels. Chemical weathering due to the slightly acidic rain dissolves and widens the many joints of the limestone carving the patterns that can be seen today. The resulting limestone pavement is known as 'clints' and 'grykes', where the naked limestone lumps are the clints and the fissures in between are the grykes. The grykes are home to many rare (shade-loving) plants - harts-tongue fern, wood-sorrel, wood-garlic, geranium, anemone, rue, and enchanter's nightshade.

This is a 180 degree panoramic image of 12 shots stitched together in 6 different exposures from RAW files (a total of 72 separate image parts) and blended to show how the scene would look to the eye as if you were there in person to see it. A slight alteration of levels, saturation boost, as well as a touch of dodge and burn was also used. The flying crow has been added from a different shot taken at the top of the cove due to the longer exposure landscape captures.

Thanks for looking and any comments and critique are, as always, more than welcome and valued!

August 28, 2013
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Aug 28, 2013 9:48:55 am
Stunning panorama, I like the textures of the rocks in the foreground and the wide view. Excellent shot!

by Hendesse Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 9:53:17 am
very good photo !!!!!!!

by giulband Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 10:00:40 am
Beautiful countryside and amazing job stitching it all together!

by abreojos Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 11:31:00 am
Superb capture my friend.
God bless.

by kgb224 Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 12:10:24 pm
the bird adds an extra piece of magic

by alanwilliams Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 12:47:27 pm
Awesome shot of a beautiful part of the country.

by EyeOfTheBeholder Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 12:49:31 pm
Stunning place and capture.

by anianiani Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 1:08:34 pm
Super shot Carl - just like actually being there.

by jayfar Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 2:12:33 pm
Stunning! It is like a fabulous painting!

by durleybeachbum Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 5:09:30 pm

by sandra46 Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 6:44:02 pm
Beautiful composition. excellent work

by jeroni Homepage »

Aug 28, 2013 11:51:18 pm
The hard cracked stone contrasts with the soft rolling hills to create a superb image. The bird is a special bonus.

by wysiwig Homepage »

Aug 29, 2013 6:39:15 am
Wow never seen anything like this nice shot of this land.

by dakotabluemoon Homepage »

Aug 29, 2013 10:14:31 am
what a gorgeous pano and incredible landscape! heavy contrast by rocks in front and fields in the background! ;o)

by sossy Homepage »

Aug 29, 2013 3:56:19 pm
marvellous image

by flavia49 Homepage »

Aug 29, 2013 4:07:13 pm
Your attention span amazes me to do this amazing work. Superb!

by FredNunes Homepage »

Aug 29, 2013 5:56:07 pm
good photo

by erlandpil Homepage »

Aug 29, 2013 9:50:41 pm
this is it...

***chills and thrills***

by PREECHER Homepage »

Aug 30, 2013 11:44:19 pm
awesome job and place!!! love it!!! birdy makes it a treat
like the patterns too, but not the chemical part :-(

by angora Homepage »

Aug 31, 2013 3:49:37 am
The chemical weathering is natural and will have been like this for thousands of years before humans even came to the British Isles. It's not something that anybody did but rather that it just happens. I suppose it would be interesting to know if the process has been dramatically increased over the last hundred years though!

by rockstrider Homepage »

Sep 2, 2013 10:12:03 pm
this is lovely

by jocko500 Homepage »

Sep 5, 2013 1:26:22 am
beautiful work!!

by tennesseecowgirl Homepage »

Sep 5, 2013 10:20:26 am
hello again! what a impressive panorama picture! great landscape, well done!

by aksirp Homepage »

Sep 10, 2013 3:21:26 pm
A masterpiece. Impressive. Bravo

by Celart Homepage »

Nov 18, 2013 12:34:47 pm
When zoomed, it truly feels like I'm standing right there and looking around, such a feeling of depth! Gorgeous!!

by three_grrr Homepage »

Oct 11, 2014 9:09:35 am
Excellent composition with that bird

by moochagoo Homepage »


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