The Yorkshire Dales National Park was created
back in 1954. More than half a century later, we
can be thankful that 680 square miles (1773 sq km)
of glorious landscape remain unencumbered by
motorways, theme parks and industrial estates.
Itís an intimate landscape, hilly rather than
mountainous. Itís a managed landscape too, not the
wilderness that some visitors imagine. The hand of
man is visible at every turn. When the Dales were
being enclosed, many voices were raised in protest.
And now, a mere 150-200 years after most of the
walls in the Dales were built, we can hardly imagine
this landscape without the familiar drystone walls
and fields and field-barns.
But the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales is seldom
as placid or benign as the tourist brochures would
suggest. The sky isnít always blue. And, every winter
still, isolated Dales communities get cut off by snow.
Master-photographer John Morrison loves the
light at dawn and dusk, rather than the bland, bluetinged
light in the middle of the day. He loves the
drama that can occur when two weather fronts
collide and doesnít feel that he has had a proper
dayís photography until he has been soaked twice!
His sense of place and the excitement as well as
the beauty of each scene, is evident again and again
in the superb images reproduced here.
Address books tend to be well used and have a
long life. Along with important contact details, they
keep track of the userís friends and acquaintances,
tracing their lives over time and from place to
place. And, if properly attended to, an address book
eventually becomes a journal in itself, and an attractive
and permanent keepsake. Whether bought as
a gift or for personal use, this Yorkshire Dales
Address Book, with its superb pictorial reminders
of the national park, will provide years of pleasure.
Imprint: Halsgrove Stationers. ISBN 978 0 85717 010 1, hardback, 214x230mm, 112 pages. Published March 2010.