Can Lake District weather be too good?

I love a bit of drama in my landscape photographs and normally, the Lake District in February has it in abundance.  Last Friday however, the clear blue skies and sunshine was more reminiscent of a fine summer day – with clear views and visitors sunbathing!

It was a day we chose to walk around Derwentwater and dramatic weather aside, it was the perfect day to be relaxing in the Lakes. A rare occasion when the weather is this good in February and too good for the type of photography I’d intended, but what’s not to like about this area of the country at anytime of year?

Here are a few photos from the walk. I’m sure anyone who has done the walk around Derwentwater will recognise these views.

DSCF9196DSCF9199DSCF9202DSCF9223Lodore Jetty on Derwent WaterDSCF9247The River Derwent close to Keswick in the Lake District.

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Waves on the Lake, surely not…

When you visit the Lake District in February, you expect some photographic challenges.  

On the day we arrived the sky looked typically brooding and the sun was doing its best to break through. Just the sort of day you want for landscape photography, especially as the rain was just about holding off. 

I wanted to get a photo of the Millennium Stone on the shore of Derwentwater with water around it,  as last time I visited it was high and dry.  No danger of that this time after the recent rain and snow. The real challenge in getting the picture on this visit was going to be the wind.  

The wind was absolutely battering the shore of the lake, but seemingly just in this particular cove! The normally calm lake was being whipped up into a frenzy and waves were crashing over the stone. Long exposure shots were near enough impossible to keep sharp as the tripod was also being battered.  It was also bitterly cold but I did manage to get a few shots, not the greatest pictures but I’ve included a few here anyway.

My next post will feature some pictures from a circuit of the lake two days later, when the weather was, if anything too good. 

DSCF8968DSCF8979DSCF9208-2Edited in Photoshop-1330

Cup defeat for PNE Ladies

PNE Ladies suffered a 2-3 defeat in the Cup at home today against Leigh RMI Ladies.  It was a closely contested game but Preston had more than enough chances to win the game, particularly in the first half when they squandered a number of chances. The Leigh keeper also did her part to keep the whites out with some great stops at the feet of the North End strikers.

At the other end Preston also seemed a bit hesitant. Many of the chances that did fall the way of Leigh were as a result of defensive errors but all credit to the visitors who kept pressing and forcing the mistakes.

As the game entered the last period of play it was even at 2-2 and both sides continued to look for the winner but it was Leigh who got it just three minutes from the end.  Well done to Leigh on a hard fought win today.

 

In Pictures: Preston shivers

The end of January brought some wintry weather to Preston. A flurry of snow and ice, nothing too serious but enough to cause travel problems.  For most countries this level of cold and snow is not noteworthy but in the UK every year we seem ill-prepared for any bad weather.  Perhaps it was the wrong type of snow and ice or maybe, more likely, the wrong type of tyres but at least it looked nice for the photos!

These pictures were taken on a walk along the Lancaster Canal and down along the Ribble Link.

A trip to the moon

This weekend the ‘Museum of the Moon’ exhibition landed at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston and I went along to check it out.

The main attraction is the impressive looking 23 foot high moon model which is suspended in the centre of the Grade 1 listed building but there is more to see in the adjoining gallery.  Children will love the life sized astronaut model and the detailed space rocket models on display.

No doubt about it though the huge Moon is the star of the show. There’s also a soundtrack by award winning composer Dan Jones which plays unobtrusively while you stand and gaze at the Moon in all its detail. The moon model is by British artist Luke Jerram and it’s bound to prove popular with the Preston public. Check the Harris Museum for details of special Moon related events during the exhibition.

Here are a few photos of the installation.  The moon is visible in Preston until 24th February. 

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An icy and foggy Brockholes – in pictures

According to the weather forecast it was going to be a sunny but cold day.What they forgot to mention was that you wouldn’t be able to see the sun for the freezing fog! 

There was however, something hauntingly beautiful about wondering around Brockholes nature reserve in the icy-cold conditions. The photo below were all taken within the space of about two hours. Some come from the walks around the reserve, others show the visitor centre itself.

Here are the pictures…

York in January

While it may not be the warmest month, there is never really a bad time to visit York.  One of the advantages of visiting in winter is that you don’t get swamped by the crowds and endless tour groups that you get in high season.

York has so much to offer, stunning buildings, great shopping, cosy pubs and scenic walks along the fortified city walls or alongside the River Ouse. Our stay was just three days but I did manage a few photos…