The Lake District – Day 4; The Drive Home

Castle Cragg I had a lie in today, I didn’t get up until 730! Hehe The people who own the cottage I stopped in said they had noticed me leaving early every morning; the early bird catches the best light. Not much to report from today, other than the 3 hour drive was uneventful, but I did keep stopping on the way out of Derwent Water to grab shots. Derwent Water

Once I was on the A66 though it was a clear drive home, apart from toilet stops and petrol stops. The Lake District was lovely, and I’m glad I visited.

Derwent Water

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The Lake District – Day 2; Buttermere, Waterfalls and Derwent Water

Derwent Water Today I set my alarm for 645, and decided I would set off early, but not at sunrise. Buttermere

This decision was made on the basis that I wouldn’t be able to see sunrise because of the mountains anyway. When I woke up the sky was a lovely shade of purple/pink, so I was a bit annoyed! Never the less I set off whilst the sun was just below the mountain line and headed for Buttermere; the plan being I would shoot the trees as the sun hit them over the mountain, then walk to Scale Force waterfall.ButtermereWhen I got to Buttermere there were quite a few other photographers there. I set up shop and ended up being there for about an hour. The sun looked promising as it peaked above the mountain, but the higher it got it ended up being hidden behind cloud. Buttermere

At 9am I decided to move on and do the walk to Scale Force. I would rate this walk as “too much bog for the waterfall”. The waterfall itself was a bit disappointing, especially when considering how mucky I got walking to it.

Scale Force I think the most disappointing part of the walk, was the bit where I went up to see the top part of the waterfall. Loads of steep steps, and not a lot there when I got there. However the views over the lake from here were spot on. Buttermere

It was a nice walk (apart from the mud/boggy parts), just not a great waterfall.

Buttermere By this point, I’d walked 40k odd steps and up 300 flights of stairs, and I was getting a bit tired. I stopped it at a cafe at the start/end of the walk and bought a ham and tomato baguette. I’m not sure if I was just mega hungry, or if it genuinely was the best baguette ever, but I really enjoyed it. Derwent Water

I came back to the cottage for an hour and a half, and then went back out to see if I could get on the jetty that I couldn’t get on yesterday.

Derwent Water When I first got there there were loads of photographers around it, so I went off and did my own thing. On my way back there were only 2 photographers left so I joined them and got my shots. Derwent Water

One of the photographers who was there was local and said that the jetty on the other side of the lake is much better, so I’ve had a look and it’s a 20 minute walk from where I am staying so I’ve added that to tomorrows agenda.

Derwent Water Not sure what to do tomorrow, as the weather looks a bit pants on the forecast, but then didn’t look that bad on the BBC forecast on the TV so I guess I will go to the jetty in the morning and play the afternoon by ear. I was supposed to go to Helvellyn, but I don’t much fancy that if it’s chucking it down. I’ve also not managed to get to Ullswater yet either, so I have options. Derwent Water

Sunset on the Moorlands

The weather promised me that it the clouds would go for the sunset, but an hour before the sun would dip below the horizon line, it was still pretty cloudy.

Heather I decided it was worth the risk, and the trip out, so I put some clothes back on (I’d had a shower and gotten straight into my jim jams from the Abbey walk earlier in the day) and off we went up the hill out of the valley to the car park at the top. Heather

How patiently I waited when we got to the car park at the top! I wandered around trying to find a good patch of heather, set up shop and waited. The longer I waited the more the clouds parted.

Heather Heather

Every day there has been a rainbow at around the same time (just before sunset) in the same place. How bizarre!

Heather Heather

Isle of Arran – Day 4

Rain over Brodick Today was forecast to be the best day of our mini break, so today was the day we would try to reach Goatfell Summit. We got up a bit later and had a more relaxed morning, before driving a brief way to park at the start of the walk. Goatfell

The weather forecast had remained favourable so we set off optimistically to reach the top.

Raining The first thing to note was that it was very windy. Due to this we didn’t make it all the way to the top. Goatfell

The second thing to note was that on our way back down it started hailing pretty much sideways and we got soaked – so we were glad we didn’t go all the way to the top!

Downpour We are now both pretty pooped! The Path to Goatfell

Early Mornings – September 3

Getting up at 5am to take someone else to the airport so that they can go on holiday isn’t my favourite thing to do in the world; but non the less that’s what I was doing this morning.

Early Mornings
Early Mornings

The advantage to this though is that I was driving over the Pennines when the light was good, so of course I stopped for a shot.
On a side note I’m also quite pleased with my hair 😛

Rest of the Wales shots

Clearly I forgot to publish this, so it will be a bit of a photo dump of the last couple of days whilst we were in Wales !

Today there are gale force winds in Wales. So naturally we decided to go up a mountain. Where it was really exposed. And there was no where to get away from the wind. Classic idea!

Fallen from Grace

 

The day after we went to Yyns Llanddwyn. This was a great little place to visit, and one of the highlights of the trip for me. Although nothing will beat the ship wrecked boats!

Yyns Llanddwyn Some more from the brickworks… Porth Wen Brickworks

The Old Brickworks, Porth Wen And from South Stack lighthouse South Stack

Day 9 – Trearddur Bay

Today is the first day of holiday part II – Wales. We are in Anglesey for the week.
After getting home last night (After a 4 and a half hour drive from the airport) I chucked the washing in the washing machine and we set out this afternoon on the 3 and a half hour drive to Wales.

Trearddur Bay, Anglesey

Day 5 – Trollstigen

This was our first proper driving day (Of two), and kB drove us to Trollstigen. This was about a 4 hour round trip (2 there 2 back).

Trollstigen, Norway The route there involved driving part of the Tourist Route 63. It was a very pretty route and we kept stopping off along the way. Waterfall, Gudbrandsjuvet

This was the longest kB had driven on “the wrong side of the road” and he did good!

Trollstigen Once again the weather forecast was predicting rain but once again we didn’t get any! Well we did have a bit of a down pour on the way there but it didn’t last long, nor did it happen when we were at trollstigen, so all good! Waterfall, Trollstigen

We didn’t get back to Ålesund until after 9pm though, so it was a loooooooong day.

Rising mist

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