SIMON WHALEY

Rydal Water

Rydal Water – Outdoor Photography View Points section

The December issue of Outdoor Photography magazine has one of my images in their Viewpoint section. It was taken during Christmas week last year, while I was staying in Grasmere.

The day had begun quite murky and misty, but I could see that it was going to brighten up. I thought it might be a great day for photography, but I only had a couple of hours to spare (we were picking up our Christmas dinner from Booths at Keswick at midday!). So, I thought I’d have a wander round Grasmere’s lake, and perhaps wander along Loughrigg Terrace. My walk began in the mist.

But as I climbed up Red Bank road and took the path along Loughrigg Terrace, I found myself above the mist, as the sun began burning it off.

From this altitude I could look down into the mist around Banneriggs Wood.

Loughrigg Terrace, was just the right height, at the time I was walking, above the mist. Silver Howe glowed in the December sunshine.

As I wandered around the side of Loughrigg, the mistiness was desperately trying to retain its grip around the island on Rydal Water. It was a losing battle, unfolding before my eyes.

And even my return trip along the main road, back towards Grasmere village was not disappointing, for some mist was still clinging to the water’s surface, reflected along with Silver Howe in still waters.

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