After a pretty uninteresting month of July, weather-wise that is, on the last day of July I decided to head off to the Lake District and meet up with an old photography friend in the hope of getting a few images of sunset/sunrise. Great idea, whilst the weather had been reasonable on Thursday evening and for most of Friday, it began to change late afternoon, needless to say just as I was setting off! As I approached Hartside Pass, just above Penrith, I could see the mountains of Cumbria somewhat enshrouded in mist and low cloud.
Whilst I certainly enjoy moody images there seemed to be a little too much mood than necessary for a decent image. However, I certainly wasn’t put off and headed down the Pass and into the Lakeland Hills. When I reached Ullswater I could see the Lake was very full from the recent heavy rainfall and as I travelled further down the road, heading for Patterdale and then on to Kirkstone Pass, the rain began to fall heavily once more!
By the time I arrived at Rydal Water, which was our arranged meeting point, the rain was steadily falling and the River Brathay was flowing very fast and high! I was slightly early on arrival and my colleague had not arrived, so I sat in the car park watching the window wipers go from left to right wondering if I had done the right thing or was the outing going to be just a pure washout.
On my friends arrival, we had an initial chat and decided that we would venture out with the cameras and walk the path up to Loughrigg Terrace. Donning our waterproof trousers and coats we set off, the showers now slightly intermittent and we hoped that this would allow for some late evening light and some photography that may capture the drama of this Lakeland area in the present weather conditions.
Overall I managed two images which I deem worthy of posting, please be the judge and leave a comment or two.
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