Nights are drawing in fast these days, and as I looked up at the full moon last night, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to grab my camera and tripod and head up Holcombe Hill to take some long exposures.
I trekked up the hill with my gear on my back and a flask of tea in my bag. At first, I didn't really take much notice of Peel Tower as I was mesmerised by the seemingly endless lights below. I took a few shots and continued my hike up the hill. The tower was lit up and looked pretty spectacular against the night sky.
As I set up my tripod, I noticed what looked to be a grey Mercedes van parked behind the tower. I was about to take my first shot when smoke began to billow around the monument and a golden light flickered around the back. I heard laughter from where the van was parked and my first concern was that someone had set the tower on fire. The van roared around the corner and the headlights blinded me as I stood in the road. I grabbed my gear and hurried out of the way, beginning to wonder if I was about to be confronted by the perpetrators. They sped past me down the hill before I could snap a photo of their registration plate.
I ran around the side to find that although the tower wasn't alight, a bed was. It burned extremely fast and by the time the fire service arrived, it was almost completely out. The fire raises a few questions for me. Why would someone drive to the top of Holcombe Hill in the dark, ditch a bed, set it on fire and speed out of there as fast as possible? Why would someone force the fire service to drive to the top of a hill to extinguish a fire when they could be needed for an emergency situation in Ramsbottom? Why would anyone think it is acceptable to light a fire and destroy vegetation on a National Trust site? Either someone was playing a practical joke, or someone was trying to get rid of something they didn't want anyone else to find.
I'm the founder of Tinska and aside from photography, I spend my time practicing yoga, reading anything from Beat poetry to Science Fiction and running around after a cheeky puppy.