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Buttermere day six

08/11/2019
Traversing Gable
With clear conditions forecast I set out to climb and traverse Great Gable. The climbers traverse on Gable has to be one of the most dramatic of places to be and to walk in the lakes. However what is good conditions for walking is not often good for photography. With wall to wall blue sky in the morning I did the obvious thing and concentrated on the amazing light over Wasdale Head.

'Wasdale Head'
'Wasdale Head'
 

The following composition is closer to what I imaged being able to do but it reveals the challenges I was having. Knowing there was a chance of more cloud later in the day I would like to have waited but sadly I was on a timetable. Next time.

'Wast Water from Gable'
'Wast Water from Gable'
 

I also made the obligatory image of Napes Needle, though this time with a little difference. I had watched the climber ascend the left hand side of the Needle and waited for him to reach the top - the reaction was predictable!

'Napes Needle'
'Napes Needle'
 

Moving on as the afternoon developed, the lighting and cloud conditions became more interesting and I was able to make several images that were closer to what I had in mind. Firstly this image of the main ridge between Buttermere and Ennerdale.

'High Stile Ridge from the Gables'
'High Stile Ridge from the Gables'
 

The view from this point of Pillar fully reveals the majesty of Pillar Rock in a way that can only otherwise be seen on the approach along the ridge. As I was admiring it an amazing combination of cloud and lighting developed and I setup my tripod with my trusty Contax long lens and made this image.

'Pillar'
'Pillar'
 

Really epic conditions - just a shame it wasn't like this in the morning. Sadly I was on a timetable and needed to be back before it got dark but I had time once again to be in position for one more image as the sun started to fall.

'Buttermere and Crummock from above Haystacks'
'Buttermere and Crummock from above Haystacks'
 

This last image I think is my favourite of the week in terms of images of Buttermere and Crummock. A fitting end to a memorable day.