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

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…

A January visit to the Fylde coast

It’s not far to the beach at St Annes from Preston and at anytime of year it’s good to experience the wide-open spaces that the coast provides.  Over recent years there has been a good deal of conservation work taking place to try and protect the sand dunes here from erosion. One of the measures involves planting out old Christmas trees along the front edge of the Dunes. 

A popular and well photographed view is of the old wooden pier on the beach. I’d hoped to get a stunning sunset but whilst that didn’t happen, I’m still happy with how the photo turned out in the end. See this pic and a few more from my visit to Lytham St Annes below…