This area was home and inspiration to one of Britain's most famous poets William Wordsworth and on this sort of morning, it was easy to see why the great man loved it so much.
It's about 15 minutes short of a 2 hour drive from my home to Rydal and I was running a little too late to arrive on time for the sunrise, so didn't think twice about making an unscheduled stop in Ambleside when my eyes were drawn to a nice group of trees showing autumn colour.
A short time later, I arrived at Rydal only to be greeted by clouds, but you could just tell by the stillness of the lake and fleeting glimpses of light in the sky that there was potential for something good to happen.
Looking south towards the direction of Lake Windermere, there was a mist rolling over the fells towards us and all I needed now was the sunlight to break through the cloud cover.
Landscape photography is all about patience and sometimes you can sit for hours and never get the shot you envisaged.
Happily my luck was in on this morning and after a wait of about half hour, the sun broke through and I captured this backlit image just as the mist arrived...
Unfortunately as is often the case, this beautiful light didn't last long, but I managed to bag several images that I was pleased with while it did.
Pretty soon, the early morning calmness subsided and the wind had picked up by the time I arrived at the boathouse...
Finally, I ended my morning with a quick visit to Rydal Mount, the long time home of Wordsworth.
With views overlooking Rydal Water and Lake Windermere, I pondered to myself about how many beautiful mornings like this one he was privileged to witness and how lucky I was to have been there.
- Accessibility: Easy/Moderate
- Photographic Potential: *****
- Best Time Of Year: Autumn/Winter, Sunrise/Morning, Sunset