Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

As a geekish teenager I immersed myself in Road & Track, Motor Sport and Autosport – the racing journalists Denis Jenkinson and Pete Lyons achieved hero status alongside the drivers and cars they wrote about.  I became saturated and obsessed by the hunt for the perfect racing line.

This went on for years until a bright young lass widened my literary horizons and my brief practical encounter with racing failed miserably.  Then, on 6th October 1973, forty years ago this week, François Cevert came to grief at Watkins Glen – enough was enough.  For a good many years other interests took hold.

That same year I became immersed in the William Morris saga, The Well at the World’s End, an epic tale of a knight who goes in search of a well that bestows immortality on all those who drink its waters. This convoluted set of interconnected topics brings me to a waterfall.

Thirty miles south west of Hexham and four miles beyond Alston is the old lead mining village of Garrigill.  From here it is a short walk and modest climb to Ashgill Force, an impressive 50 foot waterfall beneath the B6277 road bridge.  The major attraction of these falls is that it is possible to walk behind them and take photographs through a curtain of water without getting entirely saturated although I imagine that in flood or icy conditions this could be treacherous.  It seems just the sort of place that Ralph of Upmeads would have encountered on his quest for The Well at the World’s End:

Ashgill ForceAshgill Force

Ashgill Force

(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. Tish Farrell · September 30, 2013

    Wonderfully soothing, tranquil scenes – just the thing after too much baked apple!

    • northumbrianlight · September 30, 2013

      Aha – the baked apples – that reminds me, first acquire your apples. They are on the list for Waitrose this week 🙂 (none in the garden)

  2. 6aoannelies · September 30, 2013

    Reblogged this on anneliesski.

  3. Lignum Draco · September 30, 2013

    That last one is particularly nice.

    • northumbrianlight · September 30, 2013

      Many thanks – in the end, I agree that the more conventional shot was the better. I was trying too many tricks with exposure behind the waterfall and most didn’t work – certainly long exposures blocked out the sense of movement and transparency…..so the first two are a bit of a compromise.

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  5. rabirius · September 30, 2013

    Amazing works.

  6. Charles Schnyder · September 30, 2013

    Beautiful pictures! I really like this interpretation of the challenge.

  7. brenda · September 30, 2013

    for a little while
    I’ll shut myself inside the falls –
    summer retreat has begun ~ Basho

    • northumbrianlight · October 1, 2013

      Be sure to wear something waterproof, the waters will be freezing :-). Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  8. Amar Naik · October 1, 2013

    wonderful images

  9. greenmackenzie · October 1, 2013

    These are really atmospheric, and there is something so magical about a waterfall you can stand behind. Hard to photograph though, and I think you’ve done a wonderful job…..the black and white makes me feel the water is cold:-)

    • northumbrianlight · October 1, 2013

      Thanks Seonaid – ruddy perishing I suspect 🙂 These are the falls I recommended you visit next time you are down this way.

  10. mithriluna · October 1, 2013

    Wow, such an interesting post! I never heard about François Cevert so I clicked on the link. At first I thought your pics were of Watkins Glen but then I read your description. Beautiful images. I especially like the last one.

    • northumbrianlight · October 1, 2013

      Many thanks, glad you like the pictures. I should be more explicit about my geography, not everyone knows deepest Northumberland 🙂 Jackie Stewart was about to retire so François was on the verge of great things – a great and sad loss. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Amy · October 1, 2013

    Love the clarity of the waterfalls. The waterflow of the last one is beautiful!

    • northumbrianlight · October 1, 2013

      Many thanks Amy – despite all the effort and getting wet, I agree the simpler one at the end is the better of the three 🙂

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  13. thehappyhugger · October 2, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous scenes!

  14. restlessjo · October 3, 2013

    Looks like a must do, to me! Love these photos. I was in Hexham on Monday, watching salmon leap.

    • northumbrianlight · October 3, 2013

      I recommend it Jo. Here is an admission – I have lived in Hexham for 18 years and I have yet to stand on the bridge and watch the salmon 😦 A must do for me too!

      • restlessjo · October 3, 2013

        I scrambled down the bank and nearly fell in! Caution at all times 🙂

      • northumbrianlight · October 3, 2013

        Be careful at the falls then 🙂

  15. Graham Stephen · October 6, 2013

    Lovely textures and tonality there. Great that you can view the cascade from behind.

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