The Yorkshire Wolds: Shapes and Textures

The Yorkshire Wolds are a large area of chalkland starting near the Humber estuary and describing an arc around Flamborough and Scarborough,  They end at Garrowby Hill escarpment forming the border of the Vale of York.

The chalklands are a gently undulating plateau with many deep glacial dales cutting through.  There is very little surface water in the dales and the farming land is extremely fertile.  Livestock, mostly sheep and cows live in the sheltered valleys whilst the plateau is full of crops.

There is a profusion of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Romano-British sites extending across the entire area The availability of fertile chalk soils, good grazing and the light tree cover along with stone suitable for making tools made this area attractive to early Neolithic settlers.  There is a ruined medieval village, Wharram Percy, near Huggate, and many of the fields around Thixendale are part of the original medieval field system.

I have only just started to explore this region but I've already discovered that there is much to occupy a landscape photographer.  The many sigmoid (s shaped) curves in the dales are fascinating and are occupied by lovely trees and animals and the shapes of the fields and the textures of the crops make for some interesting abstract images.  There are also many trees on the tops of the ridges which look splendid against the sky.

Here are my first offerings.  They are all in square format and monochrome so that the shapes and textures are prominent.

Posted on April 2, 2016 .