Then there were two. Thirlmere
Look closely now. Skiddaw and Castle Crag
Great Langdale evening light.
Langdale Pikes. A summer sunrise
Reflections. Tarn Hows.
Crummock. Crummock water. February 2018
A rowans view.
Dalehead. The best laid schemes o' mice and men.... Basically my plan was to head to the lakes, sleep in the car, up early for sunrise shots around around Crummuck water, and then head to Borrowdale and do some scambling (Nitting Haws) up to High Spy and then a walk on the tops. So the photography bit was supposed to be in the morning, however I feel one of my best shots of the day came while doing the walking bit. You can't plan for this type of lighting, so when it came I was so glad I took my olympus kit with me.
Timeless. Beauty that you will never tire of. I think that summed it up for me, standing on the shore of Crummock water on a cold February morning. I did not get the sunrise I expected but I have got a photography that I will always enjoy looking at. Jobs a good'un.
The order of the day was the Helvellyn range in sunshine and High Street hills in cloud. A large cloud bank hung over the eastern fell most of the day. As I walked along ridge of High street for a brief moment the sun burst through.....
Ennerdale water just after sunrise. I was struggling to get a clear view of the sunrise over the mountains to the north of the valley, so I decided to cut my loses and take some at the shore of the lake. I was uninspired at first so I decided to take a long exposure. Here's what I got. In the distance you can see Steeple poking through the cloud.
I’d been thinking of trip to lakes for the past few weeks with the aim of putting winter to bed in my photography calendar. So this trip was to focus on the photography and the walk was in secondary, l I did intend to summit a big one, staying in faith with my many years of coming here. The day was pretty moody, in a lull from the recent storms with overcast low clouds and light rain all day, which changed to snow on the tops. As photography goes it was a little disappointing, don’t get me wrong I’m in the Lake District and there is a photo round every corner, but nothing that stands out until nearing the end of my day I clocked this old and ravaged rowan out on the hillside. So out came the long lens and tripod to see what I could make of it. After tweaking several shots I settled on two compositions, here is the second.
Although I only got my camera out of the bag a couple of times on my snow day trek I still had my little Olympus on my hip snapping as I went. Here is an early morning look back towards Stonethwaite which I was going to call winters morning, but “A cold snap” fits better.
Looking for another photograph in my archive I came across this one taken in 2006 which is a bit of a favourite of mine. I can remember sitting in the heather armed with my canon G5 compact (little brick) waiting for the sun to hit Littletown as the beam drifted across the valley.
This is a repost of an image I posted in July 2017. As lightroom improves so do I and I hope in shows in this reprocessing.
Christmas Eve 2006 I headed off for my annual Christmas walk in the Hills. The UK had been in a high pressure doldrums all week. Travelling through thick fog from my home in the North East I was not expecting a very good day on the Hill. We parked the car and headed up on a very cold frosty morning. As we climbed I could see the fog and mist getting thinner above us. I suddenly realised that we were climbing through a cloud inversion, with it being a barmy hot winter’s day on the mountain and below cold and frosty. A magical day. Here is the view looking down Hartsop above How in deepdale as we just broke through the mist.
1 The Corpse Road, the ultimate fixer-upper. Not an appealing address but as the estate agent say, location, location. Just imagine waking up to this view every morning.
I promised myself a snow day, a mountain day, an off piste climb up the flank of a mountain where ice axe and crampons were needed, but I had one photo job to do before the climb. My approach to today’s adventure was along my favourite valley and I’ve been wanting to talk a photo of this tree in the right conditions for years. For me this tree marks either my welcome or my goodbye to the valley and is a very special symbol of the place. This valley has much more dramatic locations and trees but like I said I had one reason why I was packing the tripod and xt2 gear, leaving the canon behind for the want of a slightly lighter pack. Anyway I present “The tree”, with fleeting glimpse of Esk Pike and Bow Fell through the clouds.