THE courage of the lone hang-glider is captured on the moors at Buckstones.

Marsden photographer Stuart Vidler was perched on top of the moor miles above Outlane – a popular spot among hang-gliders – when he grabbed the chance to get this photograph that gives the impression he is flying alongside.

He used the zoom lens on the Nikon to get the close up and put the photograph on his Flickr site where it was spotted by the pilot.

He contacted Stuart who was happy to provide him with a copy of himself in full flight.

The most commonly used source of lift for hang-gliders are thermals created by the sun’s energy heating the ground which, in turn, heat the air above it. This warm air rises in columns known as thermals.

Another way is ridge lift which occurs when the wind meets a mountain, cliff or hill. The air is deflected up the windward face of the mountain, causing lift. Gliders can climb in this rising air by flying along the feature.

Stuart, 34, is one of a group of photographers who live in the upper Colne Valley and had a book of photographs taken around Marsden published called Northern Moods to raise money for the Cuckoo’s Nest shop in the village which raises money for charities and good causes in the area.

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