Facts about the image, Shropshire Hills Panorama
Photographed from a point on the Long Mynd near the first car park as you drive up from Church Stretton this image of the Shropshire Hills Panorama from the Long Mynd captures the Shropshire Hills in winter following a rapid snow thaw. The last few remaining white patches of snow can be seen along the summit ridges of hills. The hill with the brown heather in the foreground and the rocky outcrop is part of the Long Mynd, a small part of Hope Bowdler hill can be seen on the right behind this rocky outcrop, Caer Caradoc is the next hill working from right to left with snow along its summit ridge, The Lawley can be seen peeking above the heather and in the distant the dark hill is The Wrekin. The photograph was created during a brief sunny spell between rain storms and in high winds which made holding the camera steady even on a ballasted tripod a challenge but provided clear enough conditions to see all the way from to Buildwas by Telford.
With the heather in its winter brown colour and the grass recovering from being buried in snow for the past two weeks I was able to create a powerful image with the afternoon sun in January saturating all the colours and providing a postcard blue sky with fluffy white clouds. The camera was carefully positioned so that no part of the Bur Way or the car parks and any settlements in the valleys around these hills are visible. The top of the stack of Buildwas Power Station is the only manmade structure visible in the image and can only be seen faintly in the horizon haze between The Lawley and Caer Caradoc.