Last week I finished working at NHS England after 6 years. I had a week's holiday before starting my new job and decided a little headspace was in order so started googling for B&B's that took dogs. Eventually I found a reasonable place at the top of Bassenthwaite lake and headed off on the Friday lunchtime.
Coming down the A66 I saw the signs to Castlerigg Stone Circle so detoured for a quick recce. Surprisingly (especially as it was a nice day) I was the only person there so grabbed a 'bonus' image before I'd even arrived. Late afternoon at Castlerigg Stone Circle
The next morning I was up at 05:20 and left the B&B into a gloomy pre-dawn of light rain. I had planned to go to Buttermere and cursed the weather all the way as the forecast had been for light broken cloud and sunshine. Some quick replanning saw me catch some abstract shots. A Ghyll on Buttermere on a misty morning.
After half an hour, with sunrise just gone, the mist and low cloud dispersed and I got to the Lone Tree on Buttermere's West shore to catch these atmospheric images. Image copyrighted. to licence contact 07970138506
Finally, on my way back for my Full English at the B&B, I stopped off at the "Buttermere Pines" catching them in early morning sunshine. The Buttermere Pines reflected in Lake Buttermere The Buttermere pines with Haystacks in the distance
Killing time until sunset took me to Watendlath Tarn and I walked to Yew Crag and then great Crag, stopping on the way to shoot this view of Stonethwaite Valley. The Stonethwaite Valley from Yew Crag.Image copyrighted. to licence contact 07970138506
Sunset on Saturday was a bit of a disappointment with me being in the wrong places at the wrong time so I was up early the next morning to make up for it. Pre-dawn saw me back at a frosty Castlerigg Stone Circle for a stunning sunrise. Pre-dawn at Castlerigg Stone Circle. Dawn at Castlerigg Stone Circle.
Then I charged back to the car and raced down to Ashness Jetty on the shore of Derwent Water to see the tops of Catbells lit by the early sun. Catbells in early light across Derwent Water Ashness Jetty at Derwent Water.
Finally I drove through the Honister pass and stopped, purely by chance, at Crummock Water. I saw a promising shoreside tree and then a little island with some stunted birch trees. Behind the island, the fellside of Scale Knott and Ling Crags lit up golden in a small patch of light. The light lasted 2-3 minutes and then cloud cover spoilt the show. What I got in those few minutes though gave me the photo of the trip for me.
My last morning saw me back at Buttermere. I left the B&B in thick fog but as I approached the lake with 45 minutes till sunrise there was some very promising cloud in the pre-dawn sky. Unfortunately it dissipated rapidly and sunrise was just a pale yellow to white blank of sky. I walked round to the south shore and shot reflections of the fellside and caught the sky turning pink to the West.
As I headed back to the car I noticed a little cloud had finally appeared in the sky so went for one more shot at the "Lone Tree"-incorporating the ice on the Lakeside and the sun just starting to catch the fellside. Early, frosty morning on Buttermere.
Finally I headed back to pack and catch my last Full English breakfast but noted that Bassenthwaite Lake still had mist over it with Skiddaw rising in the distance. I found a couple of boats moored and caught this last show before the journey home.