Ask most photographers what their favourite season is and they will probably say Autumn and/or Winter. These are wonderful times of the year for landscape photography and there is know questioning this. However one of my personal favourites is Spring, I think this season has a lot going for it. Not only for the vibrancy of the landscape but also the longer day light hours. Spring is a very accessible for me as I'm able to get out after work and enjoy the conditions and not just confined to the weekends. I love shooting silver birch trees and spring is a fantastic time to catch these beautiful trees with their new vibrant lime green leaves. The landscape has a freshness and rich colour palette after the bleakness that Winter brings. Sadly we only have a small window of opportunity before the deep greens of summer set in and I head back to the higher, rocky summits of Lakeland. Spring is perfect for those low level meanderings, taking solice amongst the trees and woodlands. I've had a relatively successful spring so far and in this blog I'm going to share some of my favourite images and locations I've visited.
Tom Heights - Spring Greens
Tom Heights - With a Twist of Lime
One of my favourite places to visit over the years has been the area just North of Coniston. There are a series of fells sandwiched in between Tarn Hows and Little Langdale and are perfect for indulging my love of silver birch trees. Holme Fell, Oxen Fell and Tom Heights are beautiful fells with an abundance of lone and groups of trees. Ideal locations for Spring and Autumn when the colours on the trees are at their optimum and the bracken hasn't reached chest height. I'm lucky really as this is an area which is quite close to me and one I've been able to enjoy over the years with relative ease. Spring is beautiful on these fells with the vibrancy of the spring greens, the deep burnt orange of the bracken and the fells still clinging onto their winter colours. The orientation of the sun is also great for those longer evenings, the combination of all these elements have made it a firm favourite with me. I ventured up a few weeks ago and I wasn't disappointed, the colours beautiful and the early evening light perfectly highlighted the birches, while leaving the fells behind in shadow, helping to really make those gorgeous trees pop. Probably one of my favourite images I've taken from this location.
Wise Een Tarn - Spring Moods
Wise Een Tarn - Spring Moods 2
I'm always trying to visit new locations and one I'd been meaning to visit for a good 5 years is a little place called Wise Een Tarn. Sitting above the Village of Near Sawrey in the Southern Lake District, this little tarn offers breathtaking views over towards Langdale and with a splattering of trees lining the tarn, I thought it would be a perfect spring location. So off I headed on a rather moody evening last week. Again I wasn't disappointed as I was blessed with glorious light and the location was beyond stunning. There wasn't an abundance of foreground and the majority of the interest is beyond the tarn and back drop. So it was a perfect place to get the long lens on and get close up to the trees and the fells beyond. The evening light beautifully washed across the trees and landscape illuminating them against the moody clouds. An image I've had in mind for a while and I'm very fortunate to bag this on my first ever trip to this corker of a place. It definitely won't be the last time either and I'm already thinking about what it will be like in other seasons.
Kings How - Mackerel Spring
Kings How - Mackerel Sunset Skies
Another location I've frequented over the years is Kings How which sits in the Borrowdale Valley, Northern Lake District. It has two excellent views looking North over Derwentwater, Keswick and Skiddaw and South over Borrowdale towards Great Gable, Glaramara and Great End. In terms of topology it's very similar to Holme Fell with it being populated by lone birch trees. I can't tell you how many times I've visited but I'm yet to get the exact shot I'm after, but its a great excuse to keep going back. The weather was looking pretty promising as I made the drive north and the walk through woods that line the bottom of the fell. I arrived on top of Kings How only to find the cloud to be thickening and the sun struggling to break through. It looked like there would be minimal chance of the sun fully breaking, however I got set up and luckily not long after that the sun made a, very brief, appearance. It beautifully lit the trees and my foreground before the cloud swallowed it up and that was that. I had a good scout about for different compositions for the future before heading home. In the end it turned out to be quite a pleasing image, definitely worth the effort. Always a pleasure to spend time in this lovely location.