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Lead Mine Clough falls | by Tom ♠
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Lead Mine Clough falls

This is the falls that I noted in a previous shot that had been over shadowed by a fallen tree. I scrambled down the gorge a little disappointed at first but crossing the stream I could see it wasn't totally obliterating the view of it and actually enhanced the shot in a slightly different way.


The shot being made up of different elements than just being a total waterfall shot, which I think balanced out quite well. The tree though must still be rooted as it had buds coming on it.


So a portrait of this falls and a long exposure of 60 seconds and an ND 8 filter.


View on black to appreciate the details, even little droplets on the branches


Limestone Brook was part of a lead mining industry in 1692 and the mines were sealed in 1930 but there has been speculation that the site was part of a secret operation in 1940.


The mineral witherite was discovered in spoil from the mines in the 18th century. Josiah Wedgwood used it to manufacture Jasper ware and tried to keep the source secret, but after a visit in 1782 by two Frenchmen, a local farmer, James Smithels, exported the mineral to Germany, charging five guineas per ton.


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Taken on April 8, 2012