A day out in the Lake District (Part 3 Ash Landing)

On our way to Hill Top we had noticed a sign saying Ash Landing Nature Reserve. We decided to explore it on our way back. It is a National Trust property with a number of different habitats. There are signs with pictures of various species to look out for and additional information.

I noticed some flowers on an oak tree and stopped to take a photo. There was a rustling noise in the undergrowth. I waited quietly and was delighted to see a red squirrel. It ran across the path and disappeared. I continued along the path, heard another noise and spotted (presumably) the same red squirrel as it bounded under a fence and up the side of a field.

There was plenty of bird song, but the birds were hard to spot. I saw a robin!

Reflections in Windermere

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is Reflecting.

Unlike parts of north America, the UK has been enjoying a spell of dry weather. Hubby and I made a trip to the western side of largest expanse of water in the English Lake district – Windermere. There was hardly a breeze and the waves were lapping gently on the shore.

The photo I have chosen is the one with the clearest reflections. What is different about this photo is that the white masts are strongly contrasting with the woodland behind them. This gives a clearer reflection than where the contrast is less. Reflections of the masts against the sky are less distinct.

Reflections in Windermere
Reflections in Windermere

I am planning to post other photos from the same trip in future posts in the Visitor Attraction category.

Walking back along Derwentwater

This is the fourth and final post in my series about a day in October.  I posted my photos taken on the way to Keswick in the first post.

The light changes through any day.  The sun shines from a different direction and clouds move into or out of the area.  In this case more clouds appeared as the day went on.  Walking in a different direction means that different views are more prominent.  I did turn round to take some of the photos I am posting here.

The view from Friar’s Crag (and other places along Derwentwater) is usually described as looking into the Jaws of Borrowdale.  Borrowdale is a valley among some fells, which are challenging for walkers.

My camera on my phone must have some clever software.  For certain shots it displays the word Backlight.  The sort of cameras I have used in the past did not take good photos looking towards the sun!

There are many kinds of habitat – Fresh water, running water, marshland, meadows, fells (Lake District hills/mountains), woodland and stony shorelines.

On our way back to the car park through the woods, acorns were dropping out of the trees around us.