I have just returned from a week in the Lake District and for once the weather was extremely unreliable. This wasn’t a problem as I don’t like wall to wall hot sunshine, but the rain did make me rethink where to venture with my camera.
At the end of August I set off on my annual holiday to Grasmere where I was due to help at Grasmere Sports and then to enjoy a few days with my camera.
At first glance the famous scree slopes on the south side of Wastwater look like they are just composed of loose rock which stretch approximately 2,000 feet, from top to base. I took a series of photographs of the gulllies, trees and rock faces which are quite abstract in nature but which together provide a powerful impression of the magnitude of the screes.
In December readers of Outdoor Photography Magazine were asked to submit photographs taken in the challenging conditions of stormy weather. As these are the conditions I like best there was no problem in me submitting a few of my favourite images.
As usual I went to stay in Grasmere for a week at the end of August to help my good friend Chris Shaw with the children's races at Grasmere sports. Once they were complete I was free to wander around with my camera visiting locations old and new.
Whilst in the Lake District at the end of August I experienced 2 sunrises which were both beautiful but different. On the last full day I set the alarm for 4.15am in order to give myself time to drive over the Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater and arrive an hour before sunrise.
Whilst staying in Borrowdale I happened to wake up at 5.30am and noticed that there was a huge bank of cloud hanging over the valley and Derwentwater. I dressed and grabbed my camera bag and raced up to Kettlewell Car Park and Ashness Bridge to photograph the cloud as the sun burned it off the water.
It is a real shame that I only got to visit the Lake District once in 2016 but fitting everything into my new retirement regime has been trickier that I anticipated.
In addition to standing and admiring the Langdale Pikes from every conceivable angle I did get out and about elsewhere in the Lake District. I decided that I would explore some different places which led me to the Duddon Valley and Dovedale (near Brotherswater).
I have just returned from a wonderful week's holiday in the Lake District during which I went on numerous walks and trips and many of them seemed to involve the Langdale Pikes.
I have just returned from a week's holiday in the Lake District and after a day's walking I ventured out a few times to capture sunset.