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" Autumn Colours in Loweswater "

Date & start time: Sunday / Monday, 1st / 2nd November 2015.

Location of Start : The Mosser Road end, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 128 218 )

Places visited : Lower slopes of Darling Fell, twice, plus a few extra photos.

Walk details :   1.75 mls,  feet of ascent, 1 hour 15 mins.

Highest point : High above Crabtreebeck

Walked with : Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : Beautiful autumnal colours and a sunset.

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The colours are turning beautifully to match the time of year,

I hope they last and mature further but that's dependant on the approaching storms. 

Ann and I take a local walk on the Sunday and she repeats it again the following day

in order to get the best out of the season.

After a reasonably warm and dry Autumn the colours are starting to turn on the trees.

After the first of several breezy nights our garden is starting to have a covering of leaves.

However, those that remain are changing colour beautifully.

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Ann and I venture out on a favourite local walk that may show those colours to advantage.

We park at Mosser Road end . . . the road is now as dilapidated as the signpost.

. . . we leave the lakeside tarmac road in favour of the rising woodland track.

A tall stand of larch trees reach up to touch the sky.

Two Holly bushes up on the open fell.

We gathered some lovely holly from one like this last Christmas, but the berries failed to germinate in our garden when planted out later.

The strong afternoon sunshine sparkles through the trees.

The bracken has turned to match the colour of the autumnal trees.

This must be the only time of year that the bracken looks attractive.

Up to 'Jon's Seat' and there's a fine view down to Loweswater . . . so a good place for a memorial seat !

It is next to a large ash sapling . . .
. . . the leaves of which hang ready to fall.

Through the gate and up to the old quarry . . .

then continuing on the path that climbs across the lower slopes of Darling Fell.

As we round the fellside the view really opens out

to give us a panorama of Loweswater from Grasmoor to Carling Knott . . . with Mellbreak and Hen Comb in the middle.

The dogs stop to enjoy the three dimensional view.

Hold your cursor over the picture to see the same . . . at least as well as I can represent it.

The trees below shroud the Crabtree Beck which flows down the fellside between Darling and Low Fell.

The view is clear all the way up to the Buttermere fells.

[ Fleetwith Pike, Brandreth, Green Gable and Haystacks with Rannerdale Knotts by the lakeside.]

A passing kestrel challenges me to quickly change the lens, but I failed
. . . and it crosses in front of Hudson Place as just a speck of colour.

We ambled around on the more level ground, then head back down . . . leaving the view behind.

To the west there's a sea fret,

a bank of cloud moving up the valley from the coastal region of the Solway.

Back at the gate and to 'Jon's Seat'.

The fog adds atmosphere as it passes through our part of the valley.

All the distant views to the head of the lake have gone.

. . . and rays of strong sunlight illuminate the moisture in the air over the Watergate end of the lake.

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The following morning I had to travel over to Keswick to earn my living . . .

The unusual view from the Knoble Knott viewpoint as I descended Whinlatter Pass.

There was a beautiful morning inversion over Keswick

as the moist air met the cold air of the valley and turned to thick, low cloud . . . it lasted about an hour or so.

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That afternoon Ann took another, slightly shorter stroll to walk the dogs and enjoy the late afternoon sunshine.

The Mosser Road again . . .

but this time she walked past the seat up to the more level ground . . . and to the 'Beatrix Potter' field (where the movie shot was filmed).

Looking down on Miresyke as the sun begins to set.

Without flash the colours appear deeper.

That cloud inversion had apparently covered the coastal region all day

and given them horrid, cold, damp weather whereas Ann enjoyed a day of sunshine.

The cloud banked up behind the lower slopes of Burnbank Fell.

On her way back that colour was even more pronounced . . . a glorious end to the afternoon.

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May we add a few other photos from the last few days . . .

Dylan with Harry's toy 'Ellie'.
Despite all efforts it remains intact after nearly 12 years.

We had a lovely visit from Margaret and Richard Ainley who stayed for a chat.

We were able to offer a cup of tea in appreciation of her collecting two of our 2016 Calendars !!!!!

We also called over to see Dee and John who were at their home in Keswick.

Their dog Amber, half sister to Harry, reached the wonderful age of sixteen last week . . . a great achievement all round.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Canon 1100D Digital SLR.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . another week or so of fine, dry weather to improve the colours even further.

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