Friday, 20 May 2011
Another classic Lakeland image - this time of Derwentwater, one of the lakes in the north of the Lake District. Keswick, the main town on its shore, close to where I was staying, is one of the largest towns in the National Park. It's a magnet for walkers and climbers; every other shop sells outdoor clothing and mountaineering gear. This weather was typical of the week - dramatic skies with fast-moving clouds, as it was very windy. When the sun came out it was very bright but there were also frequent heavy showers. Not the easiest conditions for my little camera but I persevered. I had hoped to get some wonderful reflections of the mountains in the lakes but the choppy conditions made that impossible. And, as you can see, there was no-one foolhardy enough to risk a rowing boat! Though the nice old wooden motor launches continued their cruises up and down the lake.
Keswick has a really nice theatre on the lakeside. John Gravett (who runs Lakeland Photographic Holidays, with whom I was holidaying) currently has a fantastic exhibition of black and white prints showing there. See here. His photography is truly stunning. I came away rather humbled and hugely inspired. (And the proud owner of one of his gorgeous prints.)