As Autumn comes to a close and Winter approaches, the scenery of the Lake District National Park has begun to take on the peculiar qualities of Winter light that continues to make it so special. Yes, it rains and it snows and it hails and it mists up just like most other places on Earth – but it also shines with qualities of light that make the Lake District one of the most picturesque places to paint or to photograph. According to the Heaton Cooper Studio, William Heaton Cooper, one of the Lake District’s most distinguished artists, ‘was fascinated by the ever changing light of Lakeland, with views seldom looking twice alike. His most spectacular pictures were obtained in the light of evening or dawn, to which end he would walk miles over the fells, camping out to capture the late or early glows over fell tops and lakes.’ (www.heatoncooper.co.uk/section.php?xSec=215&xPage=1)
The Lake District is open all year round, with lots of opportunities for budding photographers or painters to capture the integral loveliness of the lakes, fells, and surrounding valleys, villages and hamlets on camera, canvas, or paper. It is not difficult to find scenic spots in the Lakes, and at a guest house like ours, Blenheim Lodge, one can actually look out of one’s bedroom and admire Lakeland’s largest lake, Lake Windermere, and the fells beyond.
Meanwhile, at the back of our Bed and Breakfast is Brantfell, a large expanse of fell land with footpaths and viewpoints that are available to all who wish to explore and discover its natural beauty. As I said, no place in the Lake District is ever truly far from a picturesque spot.
So here are some photos of the Lake District I would like to share with you. The first, Coniston Water, is about a 20-minute drive from Blenheim Lodge. This lake is famous for the water speed record attempt by Donald Campbell in the Bluebird in 1967.
Grasmere, located about 10 miles from Blenheim Lodge, is a pretty village with a lake, also called Grasmere, just at its edge. Here is a photo of the lake at twilight.
There are three main settlements around Lake Windermere: Bowness-on-Windermere (where Blenheim Lodge is located), Waterhead, and Lakeside. Here is a photo of Waterhead taken this week by Tony Richards of Lakeland Cam.
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