The Early Bird catches the....

28th August 2014
Tuesday 2nd April and I was up and out at 5am after a good nights sleep up in Windermere. All gear packed for a trip to Blea Tarn at the head of Little Langdale. No other traffic on the road at that time just the odd deer. I arrived at my destination before sunrise and trekked through snow a foot deep in places.
The early rise and freezing temperatures were worth it...I was treated to some spectacular reflections as the breeze settled and the tarn turned magically into the perfect mirror. The sky, the cloud, the light and the sun hitting the Langdale Pikes all provided me with a couple of hundred magical shots.

Up again early the following morning to capture those trees on the Brathay between Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge. Another bitterly cold morning with minus three recorded on the car temperature gauge. The early rise was worth it for more than one reason....some excellent light and reflections but even more exciting was watching a pair of wild otters playing in the shallows. A first for me and a moment I will cherish for a long time.

A 5:15am start in August takes me to Waterhead, Grasmere, High Close and then down to Miller Ground at Windermere. No deer or otters this time. However I managed to capture some cracking shots of the early morning mist hanging in the valleys or on the lakes. The temperature registered at just 5 degrees Celsius, believe you me that is very cold for an August morning. I've uploaded an example in the Shop gallery

Watch this space!

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