Well that time of year again and time for me to release preorders for my 2022 Calendar. This has been the forth year I have made a calendar and I'm hoping to continue on last years success. The calendar was a huge success last year and my best year to date. Purchasing a calendar is a great way to support my business and help me to grow and keep doing what I love doing. You can pre order your copy here. Last year I ran out of stock by December and sadly had to turn some people away, so to avoid disappointment please get your order in nice and early. Anyway, enough of the sales pitch......let's see which images have made the cut this year and a little explanation why I chose the images. It certainly has been a tough year, but all images were taken in between various lockdowns and I'm really pleased with the images I've produced over this most difficult of times. I hope you like my choices.
January: The Coniston Fells - Winter Wonderland
We were blessed with a decent amount of snow this year, which was lovely, however it was also a little bitter sweet as I wasn't able to get out into the lakes to take advantage as the country was in full lockdown. Instead I stood on my local hill and looked longingly towards Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag looking beautiful with their winter coats on. It was the first time I had used my camera in weeks and it felt great. For a few hours I wandered on the hill just snapping away.......it felt like old times and gave me a timely boost and something to really look forward to, once lockdown was over. So this image had to go in the calendar, it was a shining light in a very dark January.
February: Boon Wood - Ethereal Dawn
In late February, when restrictions were due to be lifted, I made my first visit into the Lakes. It was only a 15 minute drive from home and was all low level and risk free. I decided to stop at Boon Wood, Coniston. It was a lovely frosty and misty winters morning and it felt wonderful to be out. I love this little scene I found with the trees still looking barren in there winter slumber but with the gorgeous ethereal light breaking through the trees and giving it a wonderfully warm tone. It really struck a bit of a cord with me and I think it represented the light at the end of the tunnel both in the seasons and the pandemic......well it certainly felt that way to me. I also enjoy woodland photography and it also helps to add variety to the calendar.
March: Great Gable Summit View – Haystacks and the Western Fells
Once restrictions had been lifted, I was really keen to get back into the fells and get to some new and exciting locations. First on the list was a hike up Great Gable for sunset. I’ve climbed Gable a few times and also attempted a sunset shoot before but never made it to the summit, so I was determined this time. When I got to the summit I was blown away by the view out west towards Buttermere and Crummock Water, it was absolutely gorgeous. So much so, I shelved my original planned shot in favour of this view. It was a great afternoon/evening and its one of my favourite mountain images I’ve taken, so it was a dead cert for March.
April: River Brathay – Spring Mists
Well it wouldn’t be a Tim Dove Photography calendar without the River Brathay featuring. I think it has appeared in all of my calendars so far, but for a very good reason...I love it. It is an absolutely amazing locations and you can’t help but get great images all year round, for me it never fails to deliver. This was taken on a misty and frosty Spring morning, the light was just starting to light the trees and it had a wonderful dual tone look, with the warmth of sun lighting the trees to the cooler tones of the frost, mist and River. It's a real transitional image and I think it represents spring really nicely. Definitely a place I love to visit for photography, a really happy place…….a worthy April for me.
May: Harter Fell – Upper Eskdale Sunset
Another mountain image for May and one that is from my favourite Fell in the Lake District – Harter Fell (Eskdale). It’s a fell I usually try and visit at least once a year, however I hadn’t been for a few years for various reasons. It’s funny really, as I’ve been numerous times but never got a good image. Well luckily on this occasion the weather played ball and I had wonderful conditions and finally came away with my shot. This really is one of my favourite views in the Lakes, looking towards Upper Eskdale and the Scafell Massif.....absolutely stunning. It was great to be up there and all topped off with beautifully gorgeous light and a sky to die for……cant ask for much more. Ive really enjoyed my mountain photography this year and is certainly something I will look to do more in the future and why it features heavily in my recent works.
June: Glenconye Bay Ullswater – Summer Reflections
This month proved a little tricky, as I produced a lot of decent images in June, however they were all predominately mountain based and I wanted to mix it up a little and not have a calendar full of purely mountain images. So in the end I borrowed an image from June 2020 and a lovely serene morning at Glencoyne Bay Ullswater. I spent a good few weeks exploring the shoreline around Ullswater once lockdown restrictions had eased and found this wonder view looking back to Glenridding. It was a beautifully quiet and still morning, the haze and light mist combined with the pastel colours in the sky helped to create a wonderfully soft delicate look. A perfect tranquil summer lakeside image for me and typified last summer in the lakes. I’ve also chosen this image as my front cover, as I feel its simplicity and serene feel works really well.
July: Loughrigg Tarn – Smoke on the Water
I had a couple of choices for July, but in the end I opted for this image of Loughrigg Tarn and the Langdale Pikes. It wasn’t the easiest month for photography as the country was gripped with a heatwave and we were presented with great conditions for BBQ’s but not so much for Landscape photography. Luckily I had a good morning at Loughrigg Tarn, with some lovely mist rising from the tarn like smoke, beautiful light on the Langdales and the odd bit cloud (seldom seen in July) catching a bit of colour from the morning sun. Another typical summer image with the lush greens often found at this time of year. A perfect summery image in the Lakes for me.
August: The Old Mill – Borrowdale
I didn’t really have any major contenders for August from last year, so I decided to borrow an image from a little earlier this year. It was taken at the Old Mill in Borrowdale. It’s a wonderful location and one that I had never visited before. It’s also something a little different from the rest of the images in the calendar and I think it’s good to have a variety of different images as well. It still has the lush green foliage on the trees that we expect in August, so for me it fit really well and glad I could include it in the calendar.
September: Rydal Boathouse – Autumnal Mists
Probably one of my favourite images I took last year. It was the start of Autumn and the colours were just starting to turn. I hadn’t originally planned to go to Rydal water but in the end with a lot more mist around I decided to make a last minute dash over. I’ve wanted this image with the light hitting the trees and a misty back drop for sometime, I had to wait for the light to come but I wasn’t disappointed when it did….it was exactly what I was after. This one has always been pencilled in for the calendar since the moment I took it. Its exactly the type of image we get in the Lakes this time of the year, gorgeous colours and plenty of misty mornings.
October: Castle Crag – Autumn Gold
I spent three consecutive weeks in the woodlands around Borrowdale during Autumn as it is widely regarded as one of the best places in the lakes. I picked up quite a number of images but for me, this scene just stood out. The colours were absolutely gorgeous from the orangey brown of the bracken to the golden yellow of the trees and woodland all set off by the late afternoon sunshine. The back drop of Cummacatta woods and Castle Crags isn’t too bad either and hard to beat at this time of year. A beautiful Autumn scene in one of my favourite locations.
November: High Arnside Farm – Winter Light
This is actually an image which was taken on the 1st January 2021 on a family walk on New Years day. It was when restrictions were starting to tighten again and our last journey into the lakes until late February. I originally had this pencilled in for January, however I opted for another image and thought this might work as November as it’s a beautiful winter scene and one of my favourite images I’ve taken, in fact, this is printed and on my wall at home. The view from Black Crag over High Arnside Farm (now a holiday let), Little Langdale and towards the fells at the head of Great Langdale. The light was sublime, the sky was moody, the fells were snow-capped and it’s a sensational view…..its one of those image when everything just falls into place. I had to squeeze it in the calendar somewhere.
Coniston Old Man – Winter Moonrise
The last image I took in 2020 and what a way to end the year. It seems only right that this is the last image in the calendar. I had been on Dow Crag taking images and after the sun dipped behind the clouds I decided to make the trip back to the car. As I was descending I turned to take one more look before I headed off down and I noticed the moon rising above Coniston Old Man. It looked unbelievable, so I had to unpack the camera and get a shot. The sky was a beautiful pinky blue colour and there was some fantastic anti crepuscular rays. It was so cold but wonderfully quiet. It was an amazing sight to witness and the perfect conclusion to my photography in 2020.
I hope you enjoy my choices for 2022. I've tried to pick a good variety of images that represent the seasons and colours of the Lake District. Despite the covid pandemic, I believe this is my strongest calendar to date and I'm really hoping for a successful year. Once again buying my calendar is a really great way to support me and nothing gives me great satisfaction that this calendar is handing on peoples walls. Thank you all for your continued support.