WEIRD & WONDERFUL
In his book, Alastair writes: ‘Often grey and underwhelming in appearance, the modest 557m of Pendle Hill’s heighest point can sometimes sink into obscurity. However when the morning light shines and the mists clear, Pendle shows why it is the jewel of the county’s crown with natural wonders and scenes of a truly spectacular nature.
‘The seductive siren in its magical mists and strange cloud cover makes the perfect backdrop of the area’s famous history enhancing the weird and wonderful tales, myth, legend and folklore of the witch country.’
‘Pendle - Witch Country’ is a hardback priced £20 and is available in slected bookshops or via www. alastairleephotography.co.uk. An exhibition of his pictures has been held at Higherford Mill. Alastair, the son of a family of bakers in Brierfield. ‘Of course, the first early mornings I got nothing worth using, but the process certainly relit the passion.
‘Then, we had one of the most spectacular winters I can remember and every day was a winter wonderland. In the end, I had to shut the door and stay in but before that happened I got some great images.’
Previous books have focused mainly on the hill but this new volume takes a more rounded view of Pendle and explores it from different angles as well as the surrounding area and some of the people who live and work there.
‘The association with Pendle really means a lot to me,’ says Alastair. ‘I’ve travelled the world – places such as Antarctica, Baffin Island and the jungle – but I always love coming back here. Travel seems to enhance my appreciation of the area.’
The Pendle Alps for a day as Alastair goes snowboarding on The Big End