These photographs were taken on an early spring day in 2019, on a drive down the eastern edges of Crummock Water and Buttermere in Cumbria.

We hadn’t arrived until lunchtime, so were not expecting to see photogenic conditions…but it was really breathtakingly beautiful day. Other photographers who had been there early in the day told us that the conditions had only just become favourable for photography. It makes nonsense of the old adage that you must only photograph at the beginning and end of the day.

Map with permission of the National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) licence