Through the Viewfinder
And What Alice Found There
English summers aren't known for glorious sunshine and hot weather, but I have to admit that the last few weeks have been surprisingly summery with lovely warm spells here in the Lakes. However, as I sit here on this dull and rainy Saturday afternoon it's hard to believe that only a few nights ago I was hiking and swimming in the evening sunshine - has our summer finally reached its end for another year? Who knows if the sun will return, but as I wait out this torrential rainstorm I thought I would share a few images from earlier this week to remind us of the lovely weather we have been lucky enough to have recently...
Monday was a beautiful day - the sun shone and the sky was clear and blue, perfect weather for getting out and about. Sadly I was at work all day so I was unable to make the most of the sun, watching from my office window, longing to be up in the mountains or down by a lake shore somewhere. Luckily the weather stayed nice, and I got home from work and headed straight to the garden for some sunbathing before tea. After I had eaten I had the idea that I could drive over to Windermere or Rydal Water with my camera and try to catch the sunset. By this time it had got a bit cooler outside and the sun kept going in, and I had convinced myself I would much rather stay inside, put my pyjamas on and have an early night instead. But then I realised I had to make the most of my evening - I was tired but who cares! As the saying goes - in the end you'll be more disappointed with the things you didn't do, more than the things you did. So on that note I put on my walking boots, grabbed my camera and rucksack and set off in the car in the direction of Windermere.
For about 90% of the journey I didn't really know where I was going - I had Rydal Water in my mind but it's quite a bit further than Windermere and the sun was already beginning to set, so I ended up heading down to Miller Ground on the shore of Lake Windermere. It's a favourite spot of mine with fantastic views over the lake and an ideal spot for sunsets as it faces west.
On arriving, the usual parking layby was full - not a good sign! This meant there were a lot of people somewhere, probably down by the lake where I wanted to be. I managed to get parked further up the road and headed down the footpath, keeping my fingers crossed that it wouldn't be too busy. Luckily, as I arrived a huge family (probably about 4 cars full of people) were leaving, so I ended up having the small beach area to myself - excellent! I quickly set up my tripod and began to shoot, watching as the sky changed from orange to blue to purple to red and to pink...
Looking at these photos side by side its hard to believe they were taken on the same night! The colours changed so quickly and became so intense that I began to wonder if it was actually real! It was a very surreal evening - I've seen loads of sunsets before and been lucky enough to photograph some amazing ones, but nothing quite like this! Being in such a beautiful location made the experience even better and reminded me how incredibly lucky I am to live in such a stunning place. Everyone that knows me knows that I love to travel, and I'm often dreaming about where I can explore next, but sometimes all I need is one night like this to remind me that you don't have to travel far to find beauty in nature.