The Limestone Pavement by rockstrider ()
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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!
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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!