High Force Waterfall



I’m afraid I’ve not posted anything on here over the last few weeks - time has just flown by.  Since I was last here, I used a week of my hard-earned Annual Leave and read rather than wrote; my partner and I went down to Kew Gardens in London and came home tired of foot but very happy and with gazillions of photos (and with rather less cash than we had when we set out – if you look at their admission fees you will see why!) I have been uploading some pics including a good number from Kew to a previously-unused Flickr account, so I’ll post a link to it I’ve added a few more.  I'll put a pic from Kew on here as well.  If you haven't been there and you can get there - do it!

I have been planning to revamp my website and choosing some relevant pics (and a link to it will follow when I’ve actually revamped it...), I changed the photo at the head of my Twitter feed to one of this very waterfall for the time being several weeks ago and wondered why a colleague referred to me as a self-facilitating media node. Happily, he does have a good sense of irony and an aversion to management-speak and he said it with a twinkle in his eye.  I’m not listing what I'e been up to as a humblebrag or out of self-aggrandisement, it’s just to say that I’ve been doing other photo-related things.

What I have done in the process of these things is reminisce about when I took some of them.  Take this one.  It was the first time I had been to Teesdale (County Durham, in northern England) and seen the Whin Sill; for the geologically minded the sill in question is a dolerite intrusion resulting from tectonic forces which followed the late Carboniferous Variscan mountain-building episode.  I can just imagine the heat of the magma as it forced its way through the country rock, and the creaking and groaning as it happened.

The term 'Force' in the waterfall's name, by the way, comes from the Viking word for a waterfall. I was suitably impressed by it – this was the first decent-sized waterfall I had seen. It's no Angel Falls or Niagara but with its 20m drop it is spectacular by British standards and the geology, geomorphology and resulting landscape are quite something.  

 

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