Friday, 20 May 2011

Derwentwater


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.)

11 comments:

  1. For you the image is classic, for me it's unusual, and beautyful. Simple pleasures around a lake, but a fabulous mood thanks to the weather. Gorgeous clouds and a perfect light.

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  2. Great composition - love the boats all lined up like that!

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  3. Mark spends a significant percentage of his student loan in the outdoor shops in Keswick!

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  4. Don't be so modest, Jenny. You are pretty competent yourself with a camera in your hands. Nice shot.

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  5. A lovely picture! I see now why there's so much fuss about the Lake District.

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  6. I feel as if I looked at fast-moving clouds in person. Tense and dynamic sky is tremendous! Great shot. Personally I love rippling water better than perfectly sill water. More drama is there.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  7. Don't think your photos could be any better - other than being pictures of Yorkshire :-)

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  8. This is a great shot. Love the boats and nature setting.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

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  9. Lovely shot and those little wooden boats are so rare to find over here. Very classic looking! ~Lili

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  10. I am constantly amazed at how beautiful the world is through your pictures!!

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