Rydal and Grasmere in the rain

 (Jason Smalley)Working on the presentation project for Windermere Reflections is proving to be a delicious challenge, in no small part because of the rain. However I’m taking the viewpoint that as water is such a huge part of the Lake District experience I should embrace it fully and incorporate it’s vagaries in my images.

These images were created during a long day wandering the banks of Rydal Water and Grasmere after spending time in the woodlands around White Moss.

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The ethereal quality of these shots is largely due to the constant rain and dampness of the day. It was unseasonally dull so long exposures were the order of the day.

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The background of this image is rushing water, blurred to abstraction by a shutter speed of several seconds.

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Bright autumnal colours made an interesting foil for these ferns that grew luxuriously on the ancient trees on the banks of Rydal Water.

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Despite countless family trips to Rydal I was blissfully unaware of the caves until this visit. Approaching from White Moss meant it was an easy climb to the largest of the caves. Fish swim in the dark depths here too.

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As the light began to fade I continued working. The shutter speeds began to fall from several seconds to minutes even though I was using quite high iso settings. A Kata rain cape kept everything reasonably dry too.

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5 thoughts on “Rydal and Grasmere in the rain”

  1. Absolutely stunning. I close my eyes, take a few breathes, and just let my mind wander so I feel like I am there.

  2. Jason, these are absolutely stunning, just beautiful. I so long to visit this part of the world.I just love how you have used water so fully,as in the branches close-up. Delightful. *sigh*

  3. brenda whiteman

    These are beautiful shots, I particularly like the woodlands at White Moss and the caves- you have captured nature in it’s most magical, and the rain was meant to be there. I hope you didn’t get too wet, but if you did it was certainly worth it!

  4. Thank you for your kind comments. Yes the rain certainly helped me on this day. It helped me to get under the skin of the place. I’m there again tomorrow and hoping for similar ‘connecting’ weather. Knowing the Lakes I won’t be disappointed.

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