Langdale

Reflections

The changeable weather we’re experiencing at the moment makes chasing the light a hit and miss affair. This morning was a hit and the overnight snow and clear morning light made for some great reflections. Taken near Elterwater on the way back from the school run.

Larger versions here

Skelwith Bridge

Elterwater

Otters

Yesterday evening was cold and clear and the mists were rolling off the water so I thought an early start again might produce a result. I’ve been wanting to shoot this scene for a while now and although overnight cloud had reduced the effect of the mist I still thought there may be a chance of a good picture. I set the camera up and waited for the light to develop but this morning it was particularly stubborn and as the sun came up, so did more and more cloud and the mist was just too ethereal to really make an impact on the image.

It was one of those mornings though were it was just great to be out there. I watched what I took to be a water vole making a V wave along the bank. As it got close it came to an area of weed and rolled over in the water showing itself for what it really was - an Otter, no more than 30 feet away.

I had spent ten days in the Shetland Isles earlier this year hoping to see Otters, without success and here was one on my own doorstep. I quickly refocussed but he had dived again and that was the last I saw of him. Larger image here.

Early light

Morning Mists

One of my sons goes to school in Langdale and although this is a reasonable drive to get him to school in the mornings, it’s always an interesting one. Elterwater common is a favourite stopping place for tourists wanting the classic image of the Langdale Pikes but this morning the view southward towards the Coniston Fells was more rewarding with a gentle mist rising from Elterwater and slowly making it’s way up the valley. There’s a larger version here.

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