It’s been a long time since I had the pleasure of a hoar frost; last winter seemed hoar frost free in the Peak District, or at least – they were when ever I got out. So the last time I managed to get out in these magical conditions was back in February 2011 in the Lake District. I headed out last week with the promise of freezing fog, my first call at Padley Gorge was promising enough and after a few hours there I was pleased to come away with a number for sheets of film exposed. I decided to head back via Baslow, driving past Gardon’s Edge. The hoar frost here was amazing – I was soon cursing my decision to go to Padley first! I spent the last hour or so of light photographing the birch trees there – the weather forecast for the night was cold and still so I hoped the hoar frost would still be there the next day. Heading out early (for me) I was pleased to find the thick frost was still on display the next day – I spent a few hours roaming around the Narnia-esque woods; possibly the most amazing conditions I’ve experienced to date.
I still have my neg film to process, and a fair few transparencies to clean up after scanning but here’s the first from a morning to remember.
Chamonix 045N-02 large format camera, Fujinon 180mm, Fuji Astia