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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Photography at the local flower show

Last Saturday was extremely busy. It was the local flower show and the church choir had been asked to sing at a wedding. Fairly early in the morning I took thirteen photos to the flower show and entered them in the appropriate classes. There were six to choose from:

  1. Capturing a season in nature
  2. A garden of flowers
  3. Mirror image
  4. Village landmark
  5. My favourite tree
  6. Insect.

Then I went to choir practice and the wedding service, which was lovely. I knew the bride when she was a child. After lunch I went back to the flower show, which is perhaps the social highlight of the summer here. I was delighted to have won two first prizes and a third prize. These are the original photos, which won. The portrait view won the 3rd prize. For the 4″ x 6″ prints I had to crop them slightly. (The classes in which I was successful were numbers 2-4 above.)

Walled garden, Scargill House
Tree and Melbreak
Parish church

A walk from Great Wood to Ashness Bridge

On a fine Sunday afternoon at the end of March we set off to walk from Great Wood in the opposite direction from Keswick. The path with views of Derwentwater took us directly to Ashness Bridge – one of the best-known spots in the English Lake District. Many calendars of Lakeland views feature it. I had to be patient to catch it without people or a vehicle. We spotted wildflowers along the way. (Regular readers may know I am interested in #Wildflowerhour.)

Also along the way we were reminded how easy it is to have an accident even at relatively low levels. There was a rocky outcrop with water flowing over it. The path went straight across it. Perhaps it took two paces to reach the other side. Behind me Hubby stepped on the wet part and ended up lying down. I noticed a steep drop below him, but he hadn’t seen it and climbed back onto his feet and the path without further ado.

On the way back we went down to the shore of Derwentwater and walked along it. As it had been dry for a few days the water-level made this easy. We could imagine that at times the path becomes submerged. Near a waterfall we saw some interesting birds, possibly treecreepers.