Something Spooky…

…this way comes

If you are out and about in York this week take a walk through the Museum Gardens if you dare!
You will find ghosts in and around the garden. Apparently there are 10 but I only found 9!

Apparently, the City of York has gained a reputation as perhaps the most haunted city in England and it is often known somewhat affectionately as ‘the City of 1000 ghosts’.

Spooky things happening in York Museum Gardens today
I liked the squirrel ‘ghost’ the best!

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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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So tired…

Zzzzzzzzzz

Well my answer is yes, I’m feeling really exhausted and I’m so ready for a few days off coming up soon. I haven’t really been out with my camera taking any Autumnal shots yet. I’m hoping that next week might have some really lovely days so that i can go out and take my camera out again.

Copyright SJ Butler Photography

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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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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Indian Summer

Blue skies

Brilliant blue sky & hot Autumn sun today (Friday). How lovely to be sat basking in the garden.

The term Indian summer reached England in the 19th century, during the heyday of the British Raj in India. This led to the mistaken belief that the term referred to the Indian subcontinent. In fact, the Indians in question were probably the Native Americans.

The term Indian summer is first recorded in Letters From an American Farmer, in 1778.

“Then a severe frost succeeds which prepares it to receive the voluminous coat of snow which is soon to follow; though it is often preceded by a short interval of smoke and mildness, called the Indian Summer.”

Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crèvecoeur:

The English already had names for the phenomenon – St. Luke’s SummerSt. Martin’s Summer or All-Hallown Summer and the French also referred to l’été de la Saint-Martin.

These have now all but disappeared and, like the rest of the world, the term Indian summer has been used in the UK for at least a century.

I think I prefer the term All Hallown Summer.

“An Indian summer crept stealthily over his closing days.”

Thomas De Quincy, 1855

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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Last day of September


Well that month seemed to fly by didn’t it? The past few days have been so cold and wet, I’m thinking about digging out my boots and wooly hats out again!

The trees have started turned golden brown and Conkers have been lining the paths for quite a while now. A few pictures from September as I can’t take any new images due to an opp on my arm, but I will be back mended in a few weeks (hopefully).

Photographs by S J Butler

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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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Autumnal Equinox

Autumn


While the county may be enjoying a patch of warm weather, today marks the end of summer months and the start of the autumn equinox.  

The autumn equinox, much like the spring equinox, is the date in the calendar when the days and nights are the same length, marking the start of the astronomical autumn season.

Both the northern and southern hemisphere will share roughly the same day-length of 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. 

It also traditionally signals the start of harvest, with harvest festivals happening on the Sunday closest to the time of a full moon. 

The word

Autumn

derives from the French word

Automne

(MetOffice (web

The equinox technically refers to the time when the sun is directly in line with the equator, lining up in unison for a brief moment, which is set to happen today at 8.21pm.

Golden leaves
Leaves

Season of mists

and

mellow fruitfulness

Keats

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