above: Blencathra from St John’s in the Vale. Taken on 5/12/21 at 11:5am
EARLY SNOWS 5th December 2021
Coincidentally it’s a year to the day when my last early snow pics were posted. So you can compare and contrast. On this occasion it was sensational light over Blencathra that caught my eye and camera lens. There was a thick bank of cloud immediately above the mountain but patchy blue sky to the south let the low winter sun shine through to illuminate its upper reaches and striking ridges. A strong wind blowing the fresh snow into clouds of spindrift added to the drama. I had to stop and take photographs though the real purpose of this outing was to check out the bridges on my “A ROUND OF THE NEWLANDS VALLEY” – it’s WALK 14 in “WALK BORROWDALE & KESWICK” which I am revising for its 2nd edition.
Incidentally on the 4th December I somehow lost, probably in Kendal, my little Sony HX90 camera – it’s in a black leather Sony case. A great loss – I loved that camera. If anybody finds it or knows of its whereabouts please drop me an email at email@example.com
note: The Plaque dated 1641 on building at Birkrigg. Possibly once a fire-back there seems to be a lot going on here. An “English Lion” complete with naughty bits. An English Rose, headed by Scottish Thistle and a French Fleur de Lys. Charles I (a Scot from the Stuart Clan) was on the throne – his position looking very dodgy. The Irish Civil War broke out (thousands slaughtered) and the next year the English Civil War started. The ‘good old days’. Taken on 5/12/21 at 15:03pm.
Great to meet you in the woods above Crummock Water. Nice pictures of the first snow, hopefully it will return soon. All the best. Marcus, Melanie and our little border Enzo
Good to meet you and Enzo too. Hope you are enjoying your photography – there’s been some great days lately. My latest blog is now up – over Melbreaks on 18th December posted in January 2022 section! It was a really fabulous day with mists in the valleys and clear blue above – as you will see. I also post on Instagram (well I send batches of pics to my son Will and he posts them for me – I really need to get up to speed with this social media!). Last day out with Deborah and Pooks was up on Causey Pike on Friday 21st Jan.To stay out of the cloud we dropped down and and traversed the three little tops of Outerside, Stile Crag and Barrow – all Birkett’s as defined in my “Complete Lakeland Fells” – it made a nice little horseshoe around Stonycroft Gill. All regards – Bill