Buttermere, Cumbria

Most of my friends already know that I don’t manage to get up for a dawn shoot very often…I can think of three or four times is all. Last week I was lecturing in Cumbria and a photo-friend, who lives in the area, offered to spend time with me photographing the northern lakes. No surprise that it was almost 12 noon by the time I was ready to leave Cockermouth. All things considered, we were very lucky, with some lovely mild weather (for March) and calm waters on Buttermere and Crummock Water.

The Buttermere pines are a favourite subject for many photographers but it is probably 20 years since I photographed them and then not in such calm conditions, so I thought they were worth a few shots. There had also been a light fall of snow a few days earlier and some of it still clung to the higher levels. We had a magical couple of hours taking photographs before it clouded over.

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