Today’s image is of the Langdale Peaks – properly known as the Langdale Pikes – that lie on the northern side of Great Langdale in the Lake District. This group of three mountains can be seen from a considerable distance and are an instantly recognizable silhouette to those with knowledge of the Lakes.
I took this image from near Elterwater – the name of a tiny village and a small lake at the jaws of Langdale. From the left the peaks are named Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark. Nestling in a hanging valley below the cliffs of Pavey Ark is a small lake called Stickle Tarn.
The images that you will see of these mountains on Postcards, Calendars and a host of other tourist memorabilia are always set against a perfect blue sky. But to my mind these mountains look better against a more sombre sky, provided of course, there are rays of light that turn the spotlight on the peaks. Then they seem to acquire a greater beauty.