A winter landscape in the Lake District

On New Year’s Eve it was frosty, even near the coast, where the gulf stream usually keeps the temperatures a little higher than inland.

We drove to a National Trust car park beyond Keswick and walked into the town. After lunch we walked back. The light was superb for photography.

Frosty morning (random order!)

We were surprised and impressed by the improvements to the footpaths, which had been made since we last walked this route (almost a year earlier).

Robin, trees and path

I have mentioned previously that whenever we visit this area we see lots of robins. In the afternoon the light on the trees and on the new accessible boardwalk was fascinating.

Although I have managed to avoid people in most of my snaps, it was the busiest we have ever known on the footpaths. I didn’t take any photos of the jetties as there were people on most of them! The paddle-boarder is merely a smudge in the top collage. Leaving at around sunset we were delayed by a long queue of traffic trying to pass through Keswick, where there were diversions due to road-works. However the orange sky was beautiful all the way home.

In the afternoon

Just for the record I didn’t spot any wildflowers in bloom.

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On the Hunt for Joy Challenge Week 1

This post was inspired by Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge Week 1: Get outside

Trees, moorland and peaks

This photo was taken looking towards the Lake District National Park. The early afternoon sun was just high enough to light up the tops of the larch trees.  The plateau is called Flat Fell. The distant higher fells (as mountains are called in Cumbria) are near Ennerdale water.

It is a while since I linked to a photo challenge. This one came at the right time.

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My best botanical days out in 2019

The #wildflowerhour community on Twitter shared a challenge to Tweet about the best botanical day out in 2019. I am not alone in choosing more than one day. I have already blogged about days out around Crummock Water and Ennerdale. However my wildflower photos mostly appeared as Tweets rather than on this blog. This last post for 2019 includes some of the flowers I found on these two walks.

Here are lists (possibly incomplete!) of flowers I found at Crummock Water and at Ennerdale. Not all the flowers on the lists appear in the collages below.

Crummock Water: ground elder, soft rush, common hawkweed, yellow pimpernel, bramble, rose, cinquefoil, cow wheat, cat’s-ear, dyer’s greenweed, sheep sorrel, eyebright, cottongrass, ragged Robin, common spotted orchid, red clover, haresfoot clover, marsh cinquefoil, valerian, thistle, heath spotted orchid, bog asphodel, lesser spearwort, heath rush, groundsel (possibly sticky) and purple loosestrife.

Ennerdale: Milkwort, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Slender St. John’s Wort , Cinquefoil, Welsh poppy, red clover, white clover, cat’s ear, common spotted orchids (pink ones and white ones), great willowherb, rosebay willowherb, self heal, dock and (insectivorous) sundew, heather, enchanter’s nightshade, nipplewort, marsh woundwort, betony and white stonecrop.

Thanks to Richard Bate, Moira O’Donnell, Roger Robinson, Gus Routledge, Wendy Seaton, Joshua Styles and The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) for help with the identification of some of these, which were new to me and others I was unsure about.

Crummock Water 1
Crummock Water 2
Ennerdale 1
Ennerdale 2
Ennerdale 3