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Autumnal Swirls

Autumn is an amazing season, so full of colour and change. The leaves are turning, full of reds and golds, with lingering greens. The ground is covered with leaf debris, adding colour to areas usually green or brown. This shot was taken below the bridge at the very top of Ladybower Reservoir, on the stream that feeds it from Derwent Reservoir. The leaves had fallen into the river, getting caught in the current and were making some brilliant patterns against the black water, crying out for a few long exposure shots to really show those patterns and the flow of water. Ladybower Reservoir is a the lowest of 3 reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley. The waters of the River Derwent flow through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent, and eventually into Ladybower. Built between 1935 and 1943 to bolster the water supply to the East Midlands, the reservoir took two years to fill. Beneath the waters of Ladybower is the site of the village of Ashopton. The buildings, with the exception of the church, were demolished during the construction phase of the reservoir. The clock tower of the church was visible above the water line until it was eventually demolished due to safety fears. The area is an amazing place to visit, with walking, cycling and fishing chief amongst the visitor activities. If you do visit the reservoirs I would recommend getting into the area early and taking advantage of the many free parking locations. There is also a very good visitors centre at Fairholmes with toilet facilities and a café (open all year round except Christmas day!).

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