Friday, 13 August 2010

Stepping out

It's Weekend Reflections time again, hosted by James at Newtown Area Photo. And here is an intrepid family crossing the river at Bolton Abbey via the stepping stones. Me...? I used the footbridge!

Bolton Abbey is a famous beauty spot (about 20 miles north of Saltaire) at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales, where the River Wharfe winds its way through meadows and woods belonging to the estate of the Duke of Devonshire.
The Abbey ruins are the remains of a priory (small monastery) founded in 1151. When the monasteries were dissolved by King Henry 8th, the nave of the priory was allowed to continue as a parish church, so you have the interesting situation where there is a small but active local church (which, incidentally, is really beautiful inside) within the imposing ruined abbey.

35 comments:

  1. Fabulous shot of the 'intrepid four' against the gorgeous background.

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  2. Yes I could see that balance would be essential. I guess I would want to check them out to see how sturdy I felt as I stepped one at a time. It is a great shot.

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  3. I would not mind if i d fall in the water while stepping out.
    The heat becomes unbearable here.
    Costas

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  4. I love stepping stones but....how deep is the water at that point?

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  5. I think I would have used the footbridge too! :)
    But I LOVE the background!the ruins among the green landscape, with that wonderful grey sky above.. How beautyful!!

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  6. I love the old Yorkshire Abbeys.

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  7. We have a quite famous set of stepping stones at Dovedale; a very popular place for visitors because the Dale is a local beauty spot. Very recently, the local council capped every stone with a concrete top to make them safer! I thought that the whole point of stepping stones was the challenge of crossing without falling in!! (And, yes, there is a footbridge very nearby, so visitors don't *have* to use the stones!). I hear it on good authority that the crossing now looks dreadful "Not natural at all!" GRRRRRR!!

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  8. Wonderful picture! What a background!

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  9. Martin - the water is quite deep there. Later on, there were some children (10-11 years old?) in the water close to the stones and the water came up to their armpits.

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  10. wow I think I would prefer the footbridge as well! LOL
    This place is wonderful and your picture is perfect, great reflections!
    Happy weekend,
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

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  11. I'd be all over those stones! Fabulous! And so is your photo of this charming spot and the intrepid four. Good take on the WR theme, Jenny.

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  12. What an original bridge ! Nice catch on those reflections, thank you for the sharing...

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  13. What a beautifulm reflection picture. have a great weekend

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  14. magnifique,quel site !

    bon w end

    http://unephotounsouvenir.blogspot.com/

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  15. Gorgeous capture and fantastic reflections! What a breathtakingly beautiful place and so much wonderful history! I would love to visit there and maybe even try the stepping stones. Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  16. wow I'm not really sure I would want to walk across those - there are so many of them. I did cross stepping stones like this in April in N Ireland but it was only half the length of these.

    Great reflective photo :) Rosie
    Centre of Interest photoblog

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  17. It is a beautiful photo and magical scenery. Thank you for sharing part of your lovely world.

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  18. Lovely setting and great reflection capture ;-) Blessings

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  19. What a beautiful place! Looks a bit difficult.

    Great lines and colours in your shot!

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  20. I will meet you on the other side. The stepping stones are something I will have to try.

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  21. Wow! Amazing stepping stones, OK but really, how deep is the water on each side???

    This is an amazing photo.

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  22. Naaaah, you gotta take the camera and walk out on the stones. I bet you'd get some cool shots, although this one would be hard to top!

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  23. This looks like great fun, though I'd be afraid of dunking my camera in the tank.

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  24. How fun! My son would and I would be out there in an instant. And yes, I must say it, it's so pretty too. :)

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  25. Such beautiful place and reflections!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Happy weekend.

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  26. I absolutely love the stepping stones. And a great photo, too.

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  27. What a great photo of your family. Beautiful setting and com position, and a nice reflection too.

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  28. what a lovely shot, i'd use the footbridge too.

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  29. Beautiful Shot! I bet you really have to watch your step on that bridge.

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  30. Lovely shot!
    Depending on the depth of the water I might or might not use the stones. Looks like they're having fun though.

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  31. I like this, but I think I will probably fall into the water.

    Did you hang around to see if the kid at the back did fall?

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  32. Isn't it amazing how people in the right poses bring images to life. Excellent!

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  33. These are wonderful pictures! Oh how I'd love to visit this place! (tho I never will manage that!)


    Junie

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  34. What a place !
    I think I cross like them … because I love water, not to be on this fabulous picture.

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  35. What a great capture! Hope no one got wet! ~Lili

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