Photographer's Note

The limestone pavement at Malham Cove are outcrops of rocks where the surface has been dissolved by water over millions of years into ‘paving blocks’. Limestone Pavements are a feature of Malham Cove and surrounding areas with the Clints (the blocks of limestone) and Grykes (the gaps) creating a unique wildlife habitat or micro-climate for rare wild flowers and ferns such as wood sorrel, Herb Robert, Green Spleenwort and Wall Rue. Limestone pavement is a globally rare habitat which is threatened by extraction for the rock garden and water feature trade. There is very little limestone pavement found anywhere in the world, and Britain and Ireland have much of this very rare habitat.
You have to be careful when you walk across these as the Grykes (gaps) are quite a few feet in depth. Also some of the Clints (blocks of limestone) are loose making it difficult to navigate safely near the edge. The edge in question is the vertical face of the cliff which is about 260 feet high, and it was here where the ice melt from the glaciers poured over.
This picture was taken from the top of Malham Cove looking down the valley. Using a very wide angle lens of 17 degrees, mounted on a tripod I used the formation of the Clints to direct the eye into the picture. It was a very grey day with little contrast which helped me to gain some detail in the Grykes.

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Viewed: 1979
Points: 12
Additional Photos by Mark Nunnerley (marknunnerley) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 455 W: 50 N: 483] (2780)
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