A very early start for sunrise one May morning a few years back. Completely still conditions and some wonderfully delicate clouds helped me produce on of my all time favourite shots of Rydal Water.
The view of Wasdale's iconic three peaks from Wastwater has been voted as Britain's favourite view, and it's no secret why. Yewbarrow, Great Gable, and Kirk Fell provide the perfect backdrop to Britain's deepest lake and it's a view I regularly revisit.
Dawn of the Bluebells
Spring is a wonderful time of year in the Lake District, and every year I spend it hunting for the best bluebell woods for early morning light. I think I may have found it this year with this beautiful scene near Skelwith Bridge.
Guardians of Holme Fell
This perfectly arranged assortment of trees stand in the way of my preferred route up Holme Fell, almost guarding it. The low cloud adds the perfect sense of mystery to this underrated Lakeland fell.
Shaped by the Sea
Tenerife is a wonderful island for photography, with it's exposed nature resulting in a perfect amount of cloud cover for sunset colours and a rough enough ocean to add drama to the plethora of seascape opportunities. That's not even mentioning the volcanic rock that covers the island, shaped beautifully by the ocean and stretching out into the depths.
Atlantic Ocean waves batter the coastline of Tenerife, hitting these volcanic plateaus and producing towers of seaspray. With the setting sun just behind the eroded archway it was illuminating the spray orange, and this scene made a great shot anyway. It was made all the better when a man walked out onto the exposed rock to look out to sea.
Mist on the Thames
A trip with the Fell Pony Society to organise a parade for the Queen's birthday celebrations meant a weekend in the Queen's garden in Windsor. The trees lining the River Thames are absolutely stunning, and when I woke up to an impenetrable covering of mist on the final day I had to make the most of it.
Hanging on a String
I visited Blea Tarn hoping to climb up Side Pike, but for about the tenth time I was thwarted by low clouds. The clouds continued to drop though and provided some lovely misty conditions in the woodland surrounding the tarn. I spent about an hour with these three trees and came away with three of my favourite shots of the year - This being one of them.
Spotlight on Dungeon Ghyll
A morning up Lingmoor Fell had already produced some incredibly dramatic lighting, but it got even better as the morning wore on. As I reached the summit I saw a shaft of sunlight sweeping across the Langdale Pikes, so I waited until the light passed over Dungeon Ghyll to get my favourite shot of the morning.
Devoke Water Panorama
All the previous times I'd visited Devoke Water it had turned out typically overcast, and whilst the desolate landscape does suit moody conditions this sunset made it so much better. The two-tiered boathouse provides a great focal point and the soft light on the summer bracken was most welcome.
After weeks of grey skies I spotted a hint of winter light peaking through the clouds. By the time I'd made it to the beach it had disappeared though, but the unusually high waves and lengthy surf made for stunning conditions. My feet were soaked but it was definitely worth it.
Some beautiful crepuscular rays dappling the surface of the Irish Sea, with the tiny boat in the distance adding an enormous sense of scale.
Canoeing on Blea Tarn
An evening at Blea Tarn looked bleak as the clouds rolled in, but when I saw two people in this canoe heading back to shore I spotted an opportunity. They kindly let me use it in my composition, despite the wind blowing it around.
Illuminating Wasdale Head
I'd been to Wasdale Head on an early morning shoot for some of Murthwaite Green's horses, and whilst waiting for breakfast I had a little wander. The typically overcast conditions broke for a few minutes and produced stunning rays of sunlight on the lush flanks of the fells.
Snowstorm in Martindale
I stopped off at Ullswater on the way back from a weekend in Scotland and came across the most beautiful conditions. A snowstorm battered me halfway up Hallin Fell before passing into Martindale, with the light peeking through and adding another dimension.
After seeing snow forecast for overnight I made the snap decision for a sunrise trip to Wasdale. Wastwater never fails to impress, and in the snow it's even more beautiful. This was one of my first shots of the day, with the snow covered Yewbarrow looking beautiful in the early morning light.
Lines in the Snow
The remaining winter snow over the Lakeland Fells is dissected by farmland walls, adding a lovely simplicity to the scene. Long exposure used to soften the image.
At the Crossroads
The perfect vantage point to take in the Western Lake District. Up Brown Pike looking down at Walna Scar Road a couple of hours after sunrise. If you look closely you can see a fellow walker heading up the fell.
Growth from Nothing
Hodge Close is a phenomenal place and one I make sure to visit often. This tree seems to sprout from the scattered boulders in the quarried cavern, catching a little hint of sunlight to keep it alive and adding a beautiful sense of life into an otherwise dead area.
Early Morning Warmth
I was sitting at the top of Stickle Pike at sunrise on a cold December morning when I spotted smoke trailing out of a farmhouse chimney. I have to admit I wished I could have been by the fire at that point, but when the sun rose and bathed the scene in soft light it was worth it.
Holme Fell in Summer
Holme Fell is one of my favourites in the Lake District, and I know of other photographers who feel exactly the same. The diversity of the landscape in all seasons draws me back time and time again, but it's this shot from one of my first visits that remains a firm favourite.
Light on the Pikes
The Langdale Pikes are synonymous with my part of the Lake District, and as such they tend to feature quite a lot. This was from a cold and windy morning on the flanks of Blake Rigg. I almost abandoned the trip before I left the car due to the force of the hail, but when the light finally broke through in mid-morning I was glad I hadn't bottled it.
Guarding the Fallen
Tilberthwaite is one of my favourite places to visit in these sorts of conditions. The cloud often drops into the valley and the woodland there is so primordial and untouched.
Collision of Seasons
Sometimes you just get lucky. There was some early snowfall before the autumn colour had disappeared, created a wonderful contrast in colours. The ground was frosty after a clear night and this tree stood out beautifully against the snow covered mountain.
Path to the Fells
The rising sun cast a beautiful orange-pink glow on the fells behind Elterwater on this cold morning, and with a beautifully formed tree in the foreground and some lingering mist across the fields it was a perfect start to the day.
A Mountain and a Tree
I'd had my eye on this tree all morning, jutting out from the desolate slopes and dwarfed by the ominous mountain backing it. Eventually the light helped me out, illuminating the clouds passing through the valley and giving me the dramatic scene I'd been waiting for.
This is one of the most photogenic trees around the Tilberthwaite area, and that's saying something. Peering out over the valley it is beautiful in all seasons, and in winter the lack of leaves show it's form perfectly.
Another wander through Tilberthwaite and I heard running water. Upon exploration I found this beautiful little cove, bathed in lush green moss and with a lovely little waterfall. I spent around an hour here just enjoying the place, but after returning numerous times since I've never been able to find the location again. The area is full of hidden gems that you won't find in any of the tourist guides.
Valley to Scafell
The walk up to Burnmoor Tarn from Eskdale isn't the most pleasant, but it does provide you with some lesser seen views in the Lake District. Here the morning light strikes Scafell for the first time, with this gorgeous winding beck cutting through the valley.
Buachaille Etive Mor is possibly one of the most photographed mountains in Scotland, and it's no surprise. The ominous triangular bedrock juts up out of the landscape to welcome you to Glencoe, and it's hard to do it justice in a single photograph.
The wonderfully dramatic coastline of Tenerife drew me back night after night. After clambering down some strewn volcanic boulders I got to this vantage point, where the crashing waves were sending sea spray flying into the air. After a short wait the setting sun was in a position to illuminate this spray.