We were on the ridge it in ideal conditions and it was every bit as exposed, long and committing (there are no escape routes once you’re on it) as expected. I was glad to be travelling with a group of experienced friendly scramblers whom I know and trust a great deal, with great visibility.
One thing about taking photos of people, is that there’s quite a lot to consider, and one of the most central is the feelings of the person you’re taking the photograph of. If the person being photographed doesn’t like the photo, posting it say, on this blog, might be a good way to make myself unpopular. As most of my photos are candid shots, rather than with models whom might be persuaded to sign release forms, you’ll almost never see me post portraits of people here.
Landscapes.. and Animals however, aren’t so lucky!
Bess, the awesome staffie that is also my family’s dog, who also happens to be a really good friend of mine, recently posed for this shot at Christmas. She doesn’t look too happy, but I thought the photo worked really well.
(In an ideal world, the background would be less cluttered)
Several weeks ago I went on a walk with UMHC, up Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy from Grange:
I’ve been up Catbells before – in fact my first ever walk with the club was up Catbells from Keswick, but this time, we were dropped off at Grange and walked along the valley before ascending the hillside.
The weather was lovely – warm, clear and a surprising amount was on display for those who knew what to look for. Skiddaw, Blencathra, Derwent Water, Keswick were all laid out below us. The peaks of the mountains were lightly dusted in snow, yet at our height, it was ice free and actually reasonable warm.
It was at this point that my camera’s zoom lens really came into it’s own with me being able to get wonderful shots of scenery that one rarely sees from the other side of the valley and almost never sees in sunlight. There’s something quite magical about being able to look around, recognise and name so many peaks from such a low vantage point.
The walk was relaxed yet with people who also wanted plenty of time to stop and admire the views. I think this is the first time that I’ve really just thought “wow” when looking at Lake District landscape.
Ultimately, we descended before Dalehead and followed the stream back into Borrodale, where we followed the river up to Seatoller where the coach was waiting for us.