Preparing for Autumn in Borrowdale

If the weather had been kinder a couple of days ago, there would be at least one early autumn image on this page taken from Castle Crag in the Lake District: changeable weather and light playing across Derwentwater, bouncing between the bracken colour banks of Walla Crag and Catbells, perhaps.

Using a laminated cutout viewfinder—even more recommended when it’s chucking it down—I did find a mini-mountaintop composition that I was happy with. Soggily, I sat for the best part of an hour next to expectant tripod. But camera lens and grad filter would have been wetter and steamier than even my secret wet weather weapon—Halfords jumbo-sized micro fibre cloth—could deal with. Borrowdale was doing its best to live up to pluvial billing as the rainiest place in England.

It’s a good thing that landscape photography is about more than just big vistas and panoramas. Below are a couple of the other important parts of the Borrowdale story that, assuming you can keep the rain off the lens for long enough, look better in the wet.

Imagine how good it’ll all look in a month’s time when autumn is really doing its colourful thing.

Toadstools on a tree stump in Borrowdale below Castle Crag in the Lake District
New for old
An abandoned quarry in Borrowdale below Castle Crag
All that glitters

4 thoughts on “Preparing for Autumn in Borrowdale”

  1. It’s certainly starting to turn a bit – as you say, a month, maybe just a couple of weeks, and everything is going to start being a lot more interesting! I like the mushrooms on the tree shot very much.


    1. Thanks Mike

      Yes, a couple of sharp frosts and not too much wind would do the trick.

      I like the fungus photo, too. One of those you see on the way to shoot something else that often isn’t as good as the unplanned find. I would have gotton out the macro lens and done an even more “inner” landscape shot if I’d have had a support team to hold up a tarp as the heavens opened again. Would have like to have tried the 24 mm PC lens that you have—that I’ve been trying to get for a sensible price off ebay for months (I’d sell the 14-24 to finance it, but the latter pays its way photographing hotel rooms commercially). If we ever do that photo walk together, perhaps we can swap lenses for an hour or two 🙂


  2. See that you’ve resorted to the ‘inner landscape’ David, it’s been a very wet few weeks just lately.
    Very good image of the fungi, there’s plenty of rotting wood in Borrowdale.
    I was up there in the Summer during good fell walking weather, very sumnny & very green, like you I am looking forward to those colourful frosty mornings & hope to be back in Borrowdale late October.

    1. Inner, outer all fair inspirational game, I reckon, Dave. And inner is a good port in a rain storm. A wet few weeks? My wife (Australian) is not far off (to use her vernacular) spitting the dummy over the lack of summer for the past couple of years. And no amount of “It keeps it green an beautiful” washes anymore.

      Yes Borrowdale is a treasure house of decomposition and renewal. Twenty meters off any path is a wonderland of photography raw material just waiting to be simplified and organised obsessive image hunters.

      I might see you in the woods in late October. I am leading a workshop out of Glaramara then and plan to spend time hugging those very trees.

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