Just back from a short visit to the Lake District in Cumbria, NW England. Windermere is the longest of all the Lakes in that area, which is also home to England’s highest peaks.

_DS83134We stayed at Bowness, close to the lake in a hotel with superb views. This is, in fact, the view from our hotel bedroom in the early evening. Views of the lake don’t get much better than this.

And here is a B&W version of the same image._DS83134_BW


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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19 Responses to Windermere

  1. Sue says:

    What wonderful views! I’ll have to email you for the name of the hotel!!

  2. oneowner says:

    You picked the right word to describe the view – superb!

  3. shoreacres says:

    No wonder those Lake Country poets were so inspired! That first image is rich and elegant — I suspect the reality was, as well.

    • LensScaper says:

      You are right, Linda. I stood and soaked up this view on both nights we were there, watching the light change imperceptibly as evening wore on. Wordsworth and many of his contemporaries (including Shelley, Coleridge, and not forgetting the painter JMW Turner) visited the alps in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There is a fascinating article in the Alpine Journal about this – if you Google ‘Wordsworth and the Alps Alpine Journal’ you should find the pdf of the article (the link is far too long to enter in this reply).

  4. alan frost says:

    Hope you had a good break Andy. The Lakes are very special at any time of year……and what a view. On this occasion I prefer the colour version.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Alan. I’ve visited The Lakes many times over almost 60 years – to walk and climb – and always enjoy a re-visit.The colours were so subtle on this evening and I watched them change as the evening wore on

  5. Chillbrook says:

    Beautiful Andy! Not an area I have visited since I was a child. I really must go back sometime. 🙂

  6. Len says:

    Terrific view Andy. Am liking the first one a bit better.

  7. seekraz says:

    What a righteous place to spend a few days. I’m sure morning and evening were the best times, given the light and shadow particular to those events. I rather admire the subtle color in the first image, Andy, but they are both compelling. Nicely done.

  8. poppytump says:

    Lovely layered photo Andy … I think this might be a nice teaser for some more pictures 😉 Will enjoy seeing The Lakes through your eyes .
    Looks like the weather was kind to you and in that particular part of the country makes quite a difference !

    • LensScaper says:

      The weather was a bit variable, but that’s what you have to expect in that area. I didn’t get as many images as I had wanted to, we were both feeling lazy pottering about a few favourite spots. Thanks for your comment Poppy.

  9. Oh man, this is a tough call. Not a lot of colour in the first photo; maybe juice up the saturation a bit? Otherwise, I’d go with B&W. Love the scene, BTW. 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much Frank. The colours were naturally very soft that evening and I resisted the temptation to ‘up’ the saturation feeling that sometimes less is more, although I do mostly like well saturated images. The colour does still have warmth which the B&W doesn’t – different moods…

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