With the rain forecast set to gradually increase in intensity, I decided to get out early and work the oak woods above the Hotel. I have tried to photograph in these woods for several years but have always struggled to make the wonderful green covered oak trees work. This time I setup a composition focused on a couple of wonderful trees with the river behind.
'Oaks at Buttermere'
A better effort than previous years I think.
I also had a go at a birch tree Dave Tolcher and I photographed last year. I made a better attempt at it this time, picking up on one of my ideas from Millington Woods last week.
After about 90 minutes of pottering I headed back to the hotel for a cup of tea and headed out with my parents to walk around the lake. As we reached the lakeside, the conditions were so lovely I felt compelled to set something up - trying to balance the trees on the right with Fleetwith Pike on the left peeking out from the mist. I wouldn't normally make an image here because it is so over photographed but the unique conditions made it worthwhile.
'Buttermere and Fleetwith Pike'
It has a lovely luminous feel to the image and I am looking forward to printing it. We then walked through the woods on the far side of Buttermere - a truly amazing walk through the oak and larch trees. I setup a couple of larch images, the best being the one below. However in true view camera tradition I slightly messed up the focus so a return tomorrow may be required. Hardly a hardship :-)
'Larches above Buttermere'