H&DPS: A Grand Day Out

As Holme & District Photographic Society is ideally placed near the intersection of the borders of three counties members are often spoilt for choice when considering locations for indulging in a spot of photography, yesterday was one such day.

It started as usual at 10AM at Cafe Ambio at the Junction 36 rural auction mart, a great rendezvous point with good tea coffee and cakes, and close to major roads leading off in all directions. The Lake District was the chosen destination with a scenic route planned towards the final destination of Tewet Tarn, not far from Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Once all participants had arrived and camera equipment transferred we set off in two cars up the A592 towards Ings, before turning off to head up and over the Kirkstone Pass. Heavy shower clouds blowing on a cool northwesterly wind whipped over the summits leaving a dusting of snow and hail. Combined with reflected light from the clouds, breaks allowed bursts of bright sunlight through to light up the hillsides in spectacular fashion.

Stopping in the small car park near the Kirkstone, ragged clouds cloaked the hillsides as the a shower passed overhead. A brief discussion and we drove on towards the shores of Ullswater.

Next stop, Wordsworth's Daffodils, but we've arrived too early, about a week too early. The majority of flowers are still to open. Still it is a great location besides the lake so worthy of closer investigation.

It is amazing, despite being surrounded by stunning scenery, people find images in the most unusual of places, a myriad of patterns in an old rotting tree stump on the shore. We all take a go at it to see what we can come up with, as well as the usual views across the lake.

After about an hour braving the passing showers, we are back into the cars, heading towards Pooley Bridge and Granny Dowbeakins for a spot of lunch, and refreshments. Good food and good company it is tempting to stay longer in the warm chatting but time to move on.

Tewet Tarn is hidden from view, a short walk from where we parked the cars up across a muddy field. The showers are getting increasingly heavy but thankfully passing us by. Blencathra is covered in cloud one minute, then clear the next. The light is still fantastic and the surrounding hills are still dressed in their winter colours, of pale greens, browns, yellows, and orange.

Eventually, time catches up with us and it is time to call it a day, before one last stop for coffee, and for some, more cake..........

Participants: Tim, Laurie, Alan, Gwynneth, Bill and Tony.