Peeping mountain tops

It has been a tad hazy here in Bowness, with the mountains or fells that I can see across from us at Blenheim Lodge standing solemnly in the gloaming. Looking at these fells made me think of mountain peaks peeping through or above a cloud line, or any other such natural phenomenon. Thus, it was a view of greenish blue fells looming over a greyish blue Lake Windermere that inspired today’s post.

A well-known weather phenomenon in the Lake District is the inversion. I always like the look of this because there is a mysterious quality about it. When an inversion occurs over Lake Windermere, the surrounds seem to take on elaborate hues, which make the inversion even more stunning to witness.

Looking South over Lake Windermere from Troutbeck. The lake is covered in mist caused by a temperature inversion common in Spring and Autumn.

Looking South over Lake Windermere from Troutbeck. The lake is covered in mist caused by a temperature inversion common in Spring and Autumn. (Photo courtesy of http://www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

Even though the base of the mountains are covered by mist, the photo above shows more than the mountain tops peeping above the inversion. However, here below is another photo of a fell, with its peak just sitting above the cloud line.

'A beautiful inversion captured from the summit of Skiddaw with Blencathra protruding in the distance. This photo was taken during a perfect Lake District inversion in 2006.' (Photo and words courtesy of www.hilltracker.co.uk.)

‘A beautiful inversion captured from the summit of Skiddaw with Blencathra protruding in the distance. This photo was taken during a perfect Lake District inversion in 2006.’ (Photo and words courtesy of http://www.hilltracker.co.uk.)

Sometimes, mountain tops make an equally good showing looming above the villages they overlook. Here is one of The Old Man rising above Coniston village. You can see a band of cloud just above the village.

'Looking accross Coniston Water from the East shore to the village and the fells around Coniston Old Man.' Coniston is a few miles from Blenheim Lodge. (Quote and photo courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

‘Looking accross Coniston Water from the East shore to the village and the fells around Coniston Old Man.’ Coniston is a few miles from Blenheim Lodge. (Quote and photo courtesy of http://www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

I have included two rather different mountain top scenes below. One of them, I think is worthy of an Oscar for Lunar (the moon) for sheer impact!

Moonrise over Latrigg Fell, Borrowdale

‘Moonrise over Latrigg Fell, Borrowdale’. (Photo and quote by Dave Willis.)

The other photo overlooks Hardknott Pass, where there is an old Roman Fort. You can see the dark lowering clouds. The composition makes me think of the desolate landscape and weather that Roman soldiers must have endured when they guarded the fort during cold windy snaps.

harknott pass, lake district

‘Looking West at sunset from Hardknott Pass.’ (Photo and quote by Bend Barden.)

The Lake District has so many mountains or fells, it is hard to count them all. It is the same with bodies of water found in the Lakes. Some have not yet even been named. Our lovely land, that can seem bleak at times always looks beautiful, however, because of its topography. Why not come to the Lakes to find out for yourself? We have late availability this weekend and offer discounts for last minute rooms as well as for forward bookings. We are sure you will have a great time exploring and discovering this wonderful part of the world!

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