High Wire Act, Troutbeck, Cumbria. I have never seen so many birds of prey - buzzards or pairs of eagles; sometimes as many as half a dozen circling in one area over the mountains. The reason is because it is the lambing season - thousands of ewes on the fell slopes and in dry-stone walled enclosures with vulnerable black or white lambs, often twinned. (Don't ask me how I managed to get that shot!)
Evening view around 8pm, from the hotel window in Troutbeck. Formerly a highway Inn built of local quarried stone - and originally frequented by farmers who came to auction nearby.
The delicate pink-purple light on the low cloud hovering over the snow was almost surreal. In the morning there was a heavy frost with so little cloud cover to retain any ground heat
Troutbeck is at the top of the map between Keswick and Penrith - at the road junction down to Aira Force waterfall and Ullswater. The whole area has its own micro-climates because of the range of high peaks and fells, and spring flowers were noticeably behind their southern counterparts. Out of the Easter holidays accommodation was freely available without booking.
A pass between the fells on the way down to Cumbria. Notice the drystone walls running everywhere. If you enlarge the photo you will be able to see the scale of the slopes relative to the tiny cars in the distance. Dramatic scenery; and yes, that is the road winding up on the right to a slate quarry.
As we were touring for much of the time, I took a lot of photos from the moving car. This is the view driving down onto Ullswater; and half a minute of video footage to give an idea of its size. (Click the bottom arrow).
These sets of posts of a Virtual Tour of the Lakes are a marker point for me on Virtual Voyage as they represent the 200 post mark on this blog, and around six months blogging. Thanks to everyone who's called in during this time - have appreciated all the feedback and friendship over the months!