Sizergh Castle in February

The weather was variable for our visit to Sizergh Castle near Kendal in Cumbria. There was one short heavy shower during which we were able to shelter. The sun shone afterwards, lighting up the tops of trees.

We enjoyed lunch in the café and explored the parts of the gardens, which were open. (To protect the lawns, they are out of bounds in winter.  We could see the waterbirds from a distance.) The number of species in flower so early in the year was impressive. The planting is very imaginative. It was the first time we had visited in winter.

We also explored some of the estate, where there are some good viewpoints.

Fascinating jetties

The jetties on Derwentwater were all rebuilt following the flooding during Storm Desmond in  December 2015.

I was fascinated by the different views of them reflected in the lake. Vertical lines were lining up differently as we walked along the path.

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.