Friday, 17 April 2009

Meanwhile, back in the Lake District...

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Analogue photography here tends to lag behind digital blogging and so I've just got the photographs back from our recent trip to Skiddaw. I'll leave it to Lakes aficianados to pick out the mountain tops and other features in the panorama, taken from the summit ridge. The town in the foreground is Keswick. The second photo shows Daniel looking towards the back of Blencathra, its top dusted with snow which in real life life looked rather like icing sugar, shaken through a sieve. A passing walker kindly took the third, of us both standing on the summit. You get some idea of how bitterly cold it was from the ice on the left hand side of the trig point.

16 comments:

Dave King said...

Superb photographs. Never mind the time delay, feel scenery!

Poet in Residence said...

I wonder if anyone remembers the OS's 'adopt a trig point' campaign of quite a few years ago - this one (bottom photo) looks in need of a small repair (at the base). But no wonder, being up there in the ice and cold, the gales and rain.

John Hayes said...

Beautiful photos-- the view from that vantage is truly spectacular. Thanks.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely crystal-clear blue sky - I suppose that should tell us how cold it was.

BarbaraS said...

The blue in the sky - how that colour moves me - don't know why.

Sorlil said...

I love the second pic particularly, the hills look so bare, desolate and yet so very beautiful.

Poetikat said...

Amazing shots! Everything looks other-worldly to me. I do love those panoramic shots.

Thanks for sharing these.

Kat

patteran said...

Good old analogue - great pictures. What's the camera and what's the lens?

Dick

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments.

It was a spectacular that day and the sky had a magical quality - we were really lucky. When we climbed Scafell, on the other hand, it threw it down and we couldn't see a thing.

I do remember the adopt a trig campaign. I wonder what happened to it? I've seen trig points (especially in Scotland) in quite comically bad states, far worse than this one!

As for the camera, it's a Yashica FX-103. The lens a Yashica DSB 28mm 1:2.8.

Susan said...

WOW. I've always wanted to visit there (a Jane Austen influence I think LOL) but never quite made it yet. Someday soon I hope...and after seeing your photos, I think it will definitely be in the summer!
LOL

Lucy Corrander said...

I was going to ask if Trig points are still used.

Lucy Corrander

Dominic Rivron said...

S: The Lakes are a great place to visit. If you do so, do try to make it to Wasdale: it's just a bit wilder than most of the valleys, off the beaten track, and arguably the most spectacular. Coniston's good, too, with Ruskin's house. Then there's all the Wordsworth stuff and Arthur Ransome... I could go on.

LC: Trigs are now obsolete. GPS technology has replaced them. It's a funny old world. If they wanted to erect concrete blocks now on top of the UK's major summits everyone would complain. Now trigs are obsolete most people are sad to see them go.

Confusingly, you can't assume that a trig is actually placed on the highest point of a hill. Lots of them are some distance to the side.

Poet in Residence said...

Dominic, Nothing to do with the Lakes but did you manage to get to 3-Peaks Race at the weekend by any chance? Weather looks prima on photos!

Dominic Rivron said...

PiR: I didn't, unfortunately. It would have been a good day to photograph it (not up to running it at the moment) but I was too busy.

Poetikat said...

Do let me know if you get to watch "Withnail", Dominic.

Kat

Dominic Rivron said...

Poetikat: Will do.