Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday 31st March 2011 A visit to Haweswater

After a wet and very windy night, the morning carried on in the same fashion, so we had a lazy time and went to have lunch in Booth's supermarket cafe before driving over to Haweswater, and we timed it just right as the clouds started to show signs of breaking and the sun peeked through. Needless to say this was the moment that  the battery in the FZ100 went flat, and surprisingly the spare I carry was flat too!
No problem, said I reaching for my Nikon D60, guess what? Flat battery!
Fortunately the spare for this camera had a full charge!
This is my favourite view of the lake, the lighting was changing minute by minute and this was the effect I liked best
I could hear the sound of rushing water behind me and this was the source of the noise
The stream passed under the road and tumbled down into the lake far below
Interestingly behind the island that just into view on the left hand side of the picture, and close to the shore on the far side of the lake, is the site of a sunken village that was swallowed up by the waters when this seemingly natural looking lake was created by building a  dam and flooding the valley.
This area is so moist that the trees become not only covered in moss, but ferns and other plants grow quite happily on the trunks and branches, as they do in a tropical rain forest
We travelled back via country lanes and passed along the side of Ullswater where the lighting tempted me to climb down to the waters edge to shoot the view. Since this was directly into the sun a little flare was unavoidable, but I wanted the shot!
Then it was back to the caravan for tea, and after that a walk down to the lakeside: this is the view about a hundred yards from the caravan, through the gate to the lakeside

Gorgeous, isn't it? and a mile or so further along the path this view across the lake to the Lodore Arms hotel is my final image of the day.

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