Sunday, 30 January 2011

Lake District - Frozen Fells

Last week I had a couple of days walking in the Lake District with my friend Vic. We have done many Lakeland walks when the weather has been awful and the camera hasn't left the bag. But not this time. The weather for the first walk on the Friday was particularly good. Hardly a breath of wind, blue skies and a low sun that gave lovely golden light the entire day. Sadly there was no snow (we were hoping to get some winter training in for an upcoming trip to Scotland), but the normally boggy ground was frozen solid making for easy walking.

This first picture shows the 'forbidden' Wainwright, The Nab, in the middle ground, in the background a cloud inversion lies over Ullswater.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Surfers At Saunton Sands

A few days after Christmas my friend Vic and I spent the afternoon taking photos at Saunton. The day was very much a test of Ann's philosophy that bad weather can make for good photos. The rain had arrived the day before, quickly melting all of the snow. This day was grey, misty and frequently rainy. It didn't put the surfers off though. I became fascinated with shots of them heading through the grey to the barely seen sea. I had in mind pictures of Ian and Sue.

Towards the end of the afternoon there was a brief break of light, allowing for a slightly diferent mood of picture.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Devon Snows

As far as the blog was concerned, December didn't happen. I was just too busy to take any photos, until I was back in Devon for Christmas. There had been heavy snow the week before I arrived, which remained on the ground until the day after Boxing day. The snow had been so heavy that, even after several days, some of the minor roads were impassable to all by 4X4s. Still, I managed to get to the edge of Exmoor for a day out on Boxing day. The temperatures there had remained consistently below freezing, allowing for beautiful ice crystal formations on many of the plants, while the snow under foot was deep and powdery.