Date & Time: Recent days in May 2007.
Places visited : From Keswick to Loweswater via Rannerdale
Walk (1) details : A meander down to Friar's Crag on Derwent Water
Walk (2) details : An short evening walk to see the Bluebells
Other Pictures : Taken locally over subsequent days.
Weather : Wonderful post Easter sunshine in the English Lakes.
Today I had arranged to meet Ann after work in order to visit the Rannerdale Bluebells, so I had the camera with me this morning.
Keswick was looking beautiful as I rushed across town for a nine o'clock start.
Tea break and chance of a quick look up in the top office at the location of the Fisher's webcam.
This weather is too good to miss - so I walked down to the lakeside during lunch.
This is Water's Edge Cottage with the distinctive outline of Causey Pike behind.
Anyone for a boat ride - if only my lunch break was two hours long !!
Hot weather had brought slightly hazy days, as I look over the boat landings to Catbells and Maiden Moor beyond.
The boat house on Derwent Isle, viewed from the path to Friar's Crag.
Clear reflections disturbed occasionally by two passing ducks.
A wide panorama from Friars Crag, taking in (right to left) Grisedale Pike, Causey, Catbells, Maiden Moor and up to the Jaws of Borrowdale.
Back now for an ice cream before the afternoon shift ! The boat landings again, and behind them is the summit of Barf.
It was then back through Hope Park, passing these two-coloured Bluebells on the way.
Would the Rannerdale flowers be as good as these this evening ?
Parking at Hawes Point, we walked the track up to Rannerdale Valley, towards that purple colouring on the hillside.
We had seen them the day before from the other side of the lake, today we could get up close and fully enjoy the spectacle.
The path through the blooms from the lakeside passes the large crab apple tree. It's flowers are not yet out.
The conical peak of Whiteless Pike towers over this part of the valley.
The bluebells carry their rich colours up the side of Rannerdale Knotts too.
Rannerdale Beck as it climbs up the valley is surrounded on both sides by flowers.
The flowers seem shorter than last year, probably due to the fine and dry weather,
but their colour is just as rich as ever.
An old Hawthorn, setting an impressive array of white flowers, contrasts beautifully with the bluebells.
Behind, Grasmoor's deep brown heathery fell side contrasts similarly with the deep blue sky.
We take the Cinderdale path across the other side of the beck and through the largest display of theses seasonal flowers.
A narrow gap in the bluebells allow us to drop down to the river.
There are no bluebells on this part for the same reason that our feet are getting rather wet - it turned out to be a moss covered stream bed !!
Safely back on dry land we regain the path back to the car.
The bluebells have been a popular delight again this year - so much so, it was hard work taking photos without people !
Late evening the same day - and white cloud banks build behind a sunny Great Gable.
A few days later, a change in the sky gives more contrasting light.
Haystacks, in front of a darker Great Gable, becomes beautifully illuminated.
( This one and all subsequent pictures taken by Ann )
Our mountain Ash is bursting with flowers and now the sun has caught Rannerdale Knotts behind.
The same day but a different view - this time of the front of Grasmoor, every detail being picked out in the sunshine.
Summer seems to have arrived, with rich blue skies and rich new green growth on the trees.
Grasmoor again from the garden.
The Puffins, after their seasonal migration (to the pressure washer), have returned bright and new again.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon G7 Digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . the contrasting light that is the Lake District.
Previous walk - 4th May 2007 Two Fells but Four Cairns in Wasdale
A previous time up here - 8th May 2006 Helmut's Windy Day on Windy Gap