The season of Mists...

This Autumn has been fantastic and we have been able to get out and about and really make the most of the glorious colours. My wife and I started off with a weekend in the Lake District, staying close to Rydal Water. I always set off with an idea of what images I would like to shoot and this trip was no different. I was hoping to catch the Autumn colours framing Stock Ghyll Force near Ambleside and early morning mist over Rydal Water - I managed both. Our first stop was Ambleside and Stock Ghyll Force shortly after we arrived Friday lunchtime and it didn't disappoint. The colours were fantastic and framed the falls perfectly with glorious Autumn sun shining through the trees.
The next morning I set off out early, before breakfast, hoping to catch a bit of mist over Rydal Water. Conditions were perfect, a mild, still night created a fantastic mist that was hanging over the water and surrounding fells - Superb. The mist lingered for most of the day but added to the atmosphere as we walked along Loughrigg Terrace and around Grasmere before heading up to Rydal caves - an 11 mile walk around stunning countryside. Visit my Lake District page to see some of the images.

So to late Autumn / early Winter and the end of November and we head out to Castleton late Saturday afternoon. The visit was twofold, a late afternoon walk to the summit of Mam Tor for, hopefully, a nice sunset followed by a walk through Castleton enjoying the Christmas lights. Driving through Hathersage and Castleton the mist was a full on pea soup!!! However, climbing Winnats Pass took us into clear blue skies and beautiful sunshine, a look in the rear view mirror revealed the most stunning cloud inversion I have ever seen. After parking up and walking to the summit of Mam Tor the view was stunning, gorgeous sunshine lighting the Great Ridge towards Hollins cross with Stanage Edge in the distance. Down below Castleton was enveloped in cotton wool!! The cloud inversion looked like a blanket had been thrown over the valley below - what a sight!! Looking back towards Bradwell and across Bradwell Moor, the mist filled the valleys with the late sun casting a beautiful glow - another superb photo opportunity and not one I was going to miss.

Another great Autumn afternoon out and another set of images to my ever growing collection - see more on my Peak District page.