Stormy Head of Grisedale.
This time of year gives interesting colours in landscapes such as British valleys. In the summer, I fully expect to revisit Grisedale Valley when it’s lush with beautiful flowers, heath and lush green grass. However, we’re in Spring and the land is still recovering from a long, harsh Winter.
This does, however, give a photographer like me a massive grin on my face as there are greens and yellows and oranges everywhere (and also sheep). Add the fact that me and Lisabet were walking towards the head of the valley where a storm was forming, we got strong winds and ridiculous clouds. A proper British landscape!
The Lonely Barn.
When me and Lisabet had finished hiking up, and shooting, the Dancing Flags waterfall in the lovely village of Dent, Dentdale, we carried on higher until we could get onto the open fields.
Then we came across this derelict barn, on its own in the field, with the view of the valley in the distance against a stormy sky.
Well of course I took a shot. I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity!
Incidentally, this was processed via a new method of manually blending exposures. Worked a treat! Much faster, too.
Atop The Helm.
From the summit of The Helm, at Oxenholme near Kendal, you can see right out to Morecambe Bay.
Me and Lisabet hiked up here on an impulse after driving home and seeing how glorious the sunset was. We missed the sunset by the time we reached the summit, but there were still plenty of golden hues left in the sky and in the winding bay in the distance, as it slowly became consumed by Blue Hour.
The first shot I took when me and Bamber arrived at the little village of Pooley Bridge to chase the sunset around England’s second largest lake, Ullswater.
The cloud cover was just immense and, as you can see, there’s a sunset happening behind all that somewhere! It was like a little eye opening, a rift across the sky; not 10 minutes after this shot was taken, the rift closed and the sun was gone.
The name Ullswater has uncertain roots: it could be the name of a Nordic chief ‘Ulf‘ who ruled over the area long ago, a Saxon lord ‘Ulphus‘ whose land bordered the lake or it could be homage to the Old Norse god Ullr.
I think I need to come back when it’s Spring and Summer…
Force of Ullswater
This weekend, me and Bamber decided to do a little bit of sunset chasing around some epic landscape. Say… Ullswater.
The sunrise on Saturday morning displayed some wonderful hues, so I was hopeful that the corresponding sunset would be equally nice. We arrived at Ullswater, England’s second largest lake, to discover that, yes it was dry, but there were epic clouds that were doing a good job of blocking most of the sun. Furthermore, the heavy rains we’ve had all week meant that Ullswater was really high; so high that we couldn’t find a shore to shoot a composition.
So, before we gave up, cursing the British weather and calling it a day, I shot this comp from the side of the road, seeing as the shore was flooded. You can see how high the water is as it’s doing an excellent job of swallowing the tree whole!
Civilisations are formed, empires rise and fall, war is fought, peace is made, great monuments are erected and then fall to ruin…
And, patiently, waiting and watching all the time, nature waits for us silly children to stop squabbling and quietly cleans up and takes back what’s hers.
The ruins of Llanthony Priory in Powys, Wales. =)
Home From The Helm.
In February, this place will be my new home with Lisabet. Pretty cool, huh? =D
A view of the South Lakeland town of Kendal (known as the “Gateway to the Lakes”) from the summit of The Helm. We had an impromptu hike to the top of The Helm after we were driving back to Kendal and noticed how awesome the sunset was looking. We missed the sunset by the time we reached the summit, but blue hour was descending and the nights of Kendal were coming alive.
Shooting this tricky; it was bloody windy from up here! Need a stronger tripod…
This place represents one of the more awesome things about 2013. =)
Another view of Tarn Hows and it’s crystal clear reflections in the Lake District, Cumbria. Me and Lisabet used the opportunity of about 5 hours of dryness on Boxing Day to hike around this lake.
Experience now tells me to turn back around occasionally when you’re hiking, just in case you miss a view. Such was the case this time, as I turned round to see the peaks of Scafell and Scafell Pike, with Scafell looking like it was smoking!
Happy New Year! Here’s The Unnamed Waterfall
Sometimes, when driving around the Yorkshire Dales like me and Lisabet did on this Saturday afternoon, you see so many waterfalls high in the distance pouring down the fells that it’s a wonder they’ve all got names!
Except this one…
I’ll admit, it took me a good 15-20 minutes to geotag this one on Google Maps. But I finally found it. What’s curious about this beautiful waterfall, apart from it being so damn near the roadside, is that it doesn’t appear to have a name better than “The waterfall near Aisgill”. So… Ais Gill Waterfall, then?
This was another one of those “STOP THE CAR, LOOK AT THAT!” moments as we drove past this wonder that we had no idea existed. =D
Also, again another manually blended image.
Yew Tree Swan
When me and Lisabet finished our little hike around Tarn Hows on Boxing Day, we decided to head back. On the way, we passed this little tarn known as Yew Tree Tarn. I saw how the bottom of the tarn looked into the distant fells and had to have the car pulled over for a shot!
Crossing the little bridge, we made our way over to this little shore that offered the perfect composition for shot. As I was setting up, a couple of swans glided over to us. Probably looking for food, I don’t know, I didn’t wanna mess with them really. But they did make excellent focal points in the shot on this stormy afternoon. =)