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As often as I visit the Lake District, the last time I was there in the autumn had been quite a while ago, in 2007, to be exact. The first thing I noticed though is that the full autumn colors were far from peaking, probably as a result of the high temperatures in and after summer. Nevertheless there was a lot to enjoy, although the weather was not as good as I would have liked, well....I guess it never really is. Not in the way of rain, but there were too few days of with real fine light. A good part of this photo gallery is the result of one particularly fine day walking around Buttermere. Other highlights were a day in the fells north of Green and Great Gable and a three day stay in Patterdale, a part of the Lake District that I had visited more than 20 years ago. Part of that stay was a climb of Helvellyn, via Striding Edge, although I have to admit I took the easy path just below the ridge.
Don't forget to press F11 to view this gallery full-screen. For those with a 4k screen: the photos in this gallery are 4k, 3840 x 2160.
Travel period: october 13 - 21, 2016.
I've added a new gallery of a trip to the Lake District. Originally I had planned this trip for my last Christmas holiday, but I had to cancel that because of the december floods following storm 'Desmond'. After a bad start, a wet and grey day, the rest of my stay was dry, albeit quite cold and lacking a bit in what one might call 'good light'. A shuttle bus had just started its service to Grasmere, after the floods had badly damaged parts of the A591 connecting the northern and southern parts of the Lake District. Luckily this made it possible to visit the Grasmere fells and Langdale, so I was not confined to the northern fells. The weather was not quite as 'wintry' as I had hoped: there was only a bit of snow on the higher fells as you can see on the photos. But, again, considering how bad the weather can be, who am I to complain? Highlights were a particularly fine afternoon in the St. John in the Vale area and a fine walk in far Easedale.
Travel period: february 20 - 28, 2016.
I've added a new gallery of a trip to Chamonix in the French Alps. After a long and dull walk up the mountains on the first day without ever reaching the tree line the first thing I did the next day was to buy a cablecar pass for the remaining six days, my knees sighed with relief... . Most of the days these cable cars brought me not only (far) above the tree line, but also above the clouds hanging over the town of Chamonix. I was rewarded with stunning views of the impressive mountains of the Aiguille range near the Mont Blanc. An october dusting of snow combined with lovely autumn colors gave me ample photography opportunities. Breathtaking, both figuratively and literally, were my hours on the Aiguille du Midi, at 3777 meter. Equally memorable, however, was my time spent near the Planpraz and Brévent cable car stations.
Travel period: october 16 - 22, 2015.
I've added a new gallery of a trip to Spain. Highlight of this trip was, no doubt, the village of Albarracín, in the province of Teruel. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Spain and rightly so: its streets and buildings, mostly in natural earth tones, are lovely. But even more impressive is its location in the sierra de Albarracín: from practically all sides one has a beautiful panoramic overview of the village, with its city walls as a prominent feature. And from the town itself one has great views of the surrounding hills. Before Albarracín I visited Cuenca with its famous hanging houses. Unexpected bonus was the charming cathedral: the sunlight, filtered through the, mostly modern, stained glass windows gave the building a special atmosphere, less austere and lighter than most cathedrals.
Another highlight was the cloister in Santa María la Real de Nieva, north west of Segovia. Just before I arrived there the cloudy sky broke open. Although sunlight is always tricky in a cloister because of the large contrasts, it makes a cloister 'come alive' and give it that special 'ambiente' with its reflected light on the honey colored stones. Don't forget to view the spherical panorama of this cloister.The one photo of the Alcazar in Segovia was taken in the two minutes the red sun appeared below the clouds just before sunset, hence the almost surreal light.
Travel period: february 22 - 31, 2015.
I've added a new gallery of another trip to the Lake District. This trip didn't start out very promising because, as with my previous trip a year earlier, the weather was, again, more autumnal than wintry: only a hint of snow and quite a bit of rain. However, luckily after christmas the weather improved with some fresh snow and more sunshine. Because of that the first days in Grasmere, with the poorer weather, only gave a few photo opportunities. Therefore most of the gallery contains photography of the area around Keswick, where I stayed the last five days. Especially nice was a clear blue sunday on Blaeberry Fell and Maiden Mor, with fine views over the Helvellyn range. The last day ended with some beautiful moments near Castlerigg, with the stone circle bathing in the warm sunlight.
Travel period: december 20 - 29, 2014.
I've added a new gallery of another trip to the Lake District. In contrast to most previous holidays in the Lake District this time the weather was more autumnal than wintry: very windy with quite a bit of rain and only a hint of snow on the tops. Despite the weather I had a couple of nice days in the Langdale valleys and around Keswick. Especially the christmas mornings near Castlerigg Stone Circle brought some nice photo opportunites, although the early sunlight was blocked by low clouds the dramatic skies made up for this. So quite a few of the photos in this gallery come from these moments.
Travel period: december 20 - 28, 2013.
I've added a new gallery of another trip to the Lake District. After a cold first weekend the rest of the week I had mostly clear blue skies, perhaps even too clear: the clouds that add a bit of drama to the landscape were mostly absent. But considering how the weather can be, who am I to complain? I made some nice walks around Grasmere and in Borrowdale. Especially fine was an early morning walk catching the sunrise over Great Langdale. Don't forget to view the panorama of this view. And, again, I spent a very fine morning near Castlerigg Stone Circle, with its superb views in all directions. These early druids surely knew how to choose a great location!
Travel period: february 24 - march 1, 2013.
I've added a new gallery of a short trip to the Lake District. Unfortunately this time the weather was mostly poor: dull grey skies.
Judging from photos I saw on the internet before I left I missed the last winter snow by about a week! Most of the photos (those from Borrowdale) come from the one fine afternoon I had.
The few days I was in the Lake District coincided with a film festival in Keswick. Part of this festival was a retrospective of the movie career of John Hurt, one of my favourite actors. He came over to Keswick and I was lucky to get a ticket for a so-called "conversation with John Hurt" - an interview interspersed with short fragments of some movies he played in. Seeing and, even more so, hearing John Hurt was truly unique.
Travel period: february 23 - 28, 2012.
I've added a new gallery of a short trip to Belmonte, to photograph the castle there (http://www.castillodebelmonte.com/), and Toledo. The exterior views of Belmonte castle are majestic from practically all directions. The weather certainly helped by creating some pretty impressive skies. Also don't forget to view the spherical panoramas I made. Four of these, of the lovely monastery of San Juan De Los Reyes in Toledo, are in the form of a 'virtual tour'. For the panorama of the Synagogue Santa Maria La Blanca I had to digitally remove an exhibition of paintings that was taking place along all of the four walls!
Travel period: december 14 - 19, 2011.
I've added a new gallery of a visit to several English cathedrals. This trip took me to: Lincoln Cathedral, Southwell and York minster, Peterborough Cathedral, Stamford, Burghley House and Ely and Norwich Cathedral. The weather was cold, but mostly sunny, which gave some good photo opportunities with the sunlight coming through the stained glass windows. Apart from the photos I made a number of spherical panoramas, don't forget to check these out on the panorama page. Three panoramas of Lincoln cathedral are combined in a so-called 'virtual tour', complete with a navigational map.
Travel period: october 14 - 22, 2011.