UK Landscapes - Lake District
Great Langdale under a blanket of early
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I arrived in the Stickle Ghyll
National Trust car park at 3:15am. The sun was due to rise at
6:49am and I reckoned it would take me an hour and a half to get to the
summit of Harrison Stickle, from where I planned to take a photo of
Pike o' Stickle at dawn. I set the alarm on my phone, reclined
the car seat and went to sleep. I woke up an hour and a half
later and looking out, I could just make out the trees lining the car
park through thick mist. It was wet and miserable outside.
I'd checked the weather forecast the day before and they predicted
light showers at first, clearing as the day went on, but because they'd
changed their minds several times during the day I thought there was a
good chance they'd get it wrong. I sat there for a few minutes
trying to decide whether or not to bother leaving the comfort of my
car, then remembered I'd just driven 200 miles through the night to be
here. Eventually I forced myself out of the car & put on my
head torch. When I switched it on, all I could see was mist reflecting
the light back at me. Visibility was about 10ft. I walked
over to the pay and display machine to buy a ticket and was pleased to
find they'd dropped their prices from £6.50 to £4 for 24
makes a refreshing change, someone actually reducing parking charges!
Things were looking up.
Looking at the mountain from this angle, it didn't look as interesting as I thought it would (even if the sun had reached it), so I turned my attention to the mist rolling through the valley. I took a few shots to fine tune the composition and waited. I didn't have to wait long before sunbeams started breaking through the clouds, lighting up different parts of the scene in front of me. I stood in the same spot taking photos for about an hour until the mist started to dissipate and the warm morning light changed to it's cooler daytime colours. The shot above is my favourite (at the moment), chosen from many, all with different combinations of mist, cloud & sunlight.