Lake District Memories IX

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! The Lakes are steeped in history and mystery with some stunning caves, stones and more. This week the Lakes a few of the beautiful water falls – enjoy and have a great Sunday.

Moss Force (top right, bottom middle & right) can be found in Newlands Pass, above Buttermere village. Access to Moss Force is fairly easy as the waterfall is roughly 220 yards from the road between Keswick and Buttermere.

The falls are an impressive sight after rain as torrents of water plunge 100 meters below.

Aira Force

Aira Force is a beautiful waterfall located just off the banks of Ullswater. Park at the National Trust car park and follow the Gowbarrow Trail through the forest, passing Aira Force to reach the summit of Gowbarrow.

This famous waterfall has been a popular attraction for over 300 years, and has even been written about by the likes of William Wordsworth in his poem Airey-Force Valley

Rydal

Rydal Falls is situated just off the A591 between Ambleside and Grasmere. It is a ten minute walk from Rydal Mount, once home to the poet William Wordsworth.


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Lake District Memories VIII

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! The Lakes are steeped in history and mystery with some stunning caves, stones and more. This week we are having a look at some of the beautiful wild life that I have seen on my many visits to the Lakes.

Perhaps the most iconic of all of the wildlife that has found a sanctuary in the Lake District is the Red Squirrel. Native to the UK, its numbers have reduced significantly since the introduction of its cousin the Grey Squirrel.

The Lake District is one of the last remaining places in England where you can see the Red Squirrel with the largest population in England surviving here. You may also spot road signs alerting you to the possible presence of Red Squirrels, encouraging you to slow down!

Also, Herdwick Sheep can be found roaming freely throughout the Cumbrian fells. This iconic breed is native to Cumbria and it’s thought that 99% of the population live in within the county’s border.

All photographs are taken by SJ Butler Photography & must not be copied or reproduced without permission from SJ Butler – thank you

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Lake District Memories VII

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! The Lakes are steeped in history and mystery with some stunning caves, stones and more. This week the Lakes in pastel – enjoy and have a great Sunday.

All images by Sue Butler Photography

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Lake District Memories VI

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! The Lakes are steeped in history and mystery with some stunning caves, stones and more.

Castlerigg Stone Circle or the the Keswick Circle in the older historical sources, and its exact purpose still remains unclear, but researchers believe that it was used for ceremonial or religious purposes.

Castlerigg Stone Circle was built around 4,500 years ago in the Neolithic times.

The circle, probably once had 42 stones, now consists of 38 granite stones arranged in a circle, approximately 32.6 x 29.5 m in diameter. Within the ring is a rectangle of a further 10 standing stones. The tallest stone is 2.3 meters high. It was probably built around 3000 BC – the beginning of the later Neolithic Period.

Probably built around 3000 BC, the beginning of the later Neolithic Period,
Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the earliest stone circles in Britain.
It is important in terms of megalithic astronomy and geometry, as the construction contains significant astronomical alignments.
Rydal caves are a must if you visit the Lakes.
Situated above Rydal Water near Buttermere
Inside Rydal Caves are stunning patterns on the rocks. Unfortunately, the caves are manmade.
Rydal Cave used to be called Loughrigg Quarry.
The Lake District is famous for its slate and, in the 19th century,
Loughrigg Fell was a Slate Mine where it would be sourced from.

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Lake District Memories V

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! If you go to the Lakes, be prepared for every weather. All photographs are taken by SJ Butler Photography.

Walking round Derwentwater – no rain today
Slater’s Bridge – if you look carefully at the River, you’ll see that’s it’s absolutely pouring down!

The climate, together with the geology of the area has made the Lake District what it is today.

In the last 2 million years a series of ice ages have left the area buried under glaciers.
These rivers of ice carved deep lakes & u shaped valleys between the hills.

Lake Distrct National Park


One minute it’s sunny – the next the heaven’s open

Ten highest mountains

  • Scafell Pike at 978 metres (3210 feet)
  • Scafell at 964 metres (3162 feet)
  • Helvellyn at 950 metres (3114 feet)
  • Skiddaw at 931 metres(3053 feet)
  • Great End at 910 metres (2986 feet)
  • Bowfell at 902 metres (2940 feet)
  • Great Gable at 899 metres (2960 feet)
  • Pillar at 892 metres (2926 feet)
  • Nethermost Pike at 891 metres (2923 feet)
  • Catstycam (2917 feet)



Sixteen largest lakes

  • Windermere – 14.8 square kilometres
  • Ullswater – 8.9 square kilometres
  • Derwentwater – 5.5 square kilometres
  • Bassenthwaite Lake – 5.3 square kilometres
  • Coniston Water – 4.0 square kilometres
  • Haweswater – 3.9 square kilometres
  • Thirlmere – 3.3  square kilometres
  • Ennerdale Water – 3 square kilometres

  • Wastwater – 2.9  square kilometres
  • Crummock Water – 2.5 square kilometres
  • Esthwaite Water – 1 square kilometre
  • Buttermere – 0.9 square kilometres
  • Grasmere – 0.6 square kilometres
  • Loweswater – 0.6 square kilometres
  • Rydal Water – 0.3 square kilometres
  • Brotherswater – 0.2 square kilometre

Slater’s Bridge
Soaked to the skin at this point

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Lake District Memories IV

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day!

Today I’ve included a video of how powerful (and noisy) Aira Force Waterfall is and a video of the sunset over Ullswater & Glenriding a few years ago.

An 18th-century pleasure ground, Aira Force was the backdrop for William Wordsworth’s poem ‘Somnambulist’ – a Gothic tale of love and tragedy. There are so many woodland trails to discover in this landscape of contrasts. Quiet glades give way to dramatic waterfalls, with Aira Beck thundering down a 65-foot drop past ferns and rocks.

The Somnambulist

William Wordsworth

List, ye who pass by Lyulph’s Tower
At eve; how softly then
Doth Aira-force, that torrent hoarse,
Speak from the woody glen!
Fit music for a solemn vale!
And holier seems the ground
To him who catches on the gale
The spirit of a mournful tale,
Embodied in the sound…

Sound on!
Top of Aira Force – Cumbria

Aira Force is a showcase for the power and beauty of nature; it’s a place to escape the ordinary.

Evening sunset

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Lake District Memories III

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! So missing the Lake District, Cumbria. It is over a year since I last went and I’m feeling the pull to go more than ever, especially that my favourite time of the year is almost here. For now, I will have to be content with memories from yesteryear, I hope you like them. This week it’s the turn of fabulous sunrises and sunsets. How beautiful are these?

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

J Walton

Image by SJ Butler Photography
Ullswater
Sunset over Derwentwater
Sunset over Ullswater
Good morning – Sunrise
Sunset

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Lake District Memories II

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! So missing the Lake District, Cumbria. It is over a year since I last went and I’m feeling the pull to go more than ever, especially that my favourite time of the year is almost here. For now, I will have to be content with memories from yesteryear, I hope you like them.

These fell ponies are absolutely beautiful, they even let me stroke their gorgeous mane.

Fell ponies
Fell ponies
View from the top
Sorry can’t remember where!
Look at the beautiful golden colours on here.
This is a lovely walk from Glenriding to Howetown.
Always pack your raincoat – look at that sky!

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Lake District Memories

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand


So missing the Lake District, Cumbria. It is over a year since I last went and I’m feeling the pull to go more than ever, especially that my favourite time of the year is almost here. I have a few days holiday coming up in the next few weeks and I am so tempted to pack my camera gear and head off.

For now, I will have to be content with memories from yesteryear, I hope you like them.

Lake Ullswater from Glenriding
Waterfalls, Autumn colours & trees
Anyone else see the witch with a green face?
Good morning sunshine
View from Castlerigg Stone Circle

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Farewell Summer?

Hi all, well this morning feels rather Autumnal and I’m not the only blogger/nature lover to think so. There is definitely a feel; a chill; a freshness about the air this morning.

There are cobwebs glistening in the early morning sunshine and as I walked down the garden path I could feel them in my face and hair. Anybody who saw me would think I was practicing martial arts as I was chopping at the webs as they touched my face!

My Nasturtiums seem to have started to die off so I’ve been collecting their seeds ready for next year. Also noting where I wouldn’t plant them next year!

Photography – Sue Butler (Camera phone)

The Cabbage White butterfly has also been busy laying eggs on them as well as they have now hatched out into little caterpillars. Good job they aren’t flowering any more!

Sue Butler Photography – Small White Butterfly

My vegetable patch has not done to well this year either. A few tomatoes, six pumpkins, one courgette and a few potatoes. Although my green beans have done well and their is plenty in the freezer for a few meals.

Bees loving the Heleniums – Sue Butler Photography

These past few months I have not done a great deal of photography, I’ve not been really inspired. I’m hoping to go the Lake District (but nothing booked) in October as that’s my favourite time of the year for the stunning golden colours and mists…until next time.

Aira Force – Sue Butler Photography

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