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" A Loweswater Sunset "

Date & start time: Wednesday 29th July 2015, 8.50 pm.

Location of Start : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : The garden, the hall and Foulsyke.

Walk details :   Local . . . then in and out of the car on a one mile round trip.

Highest point : Foulsyke overlooking the valley.

Walked with : Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan (in the garden).

Weather : Evening sun.

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It is the evening after a poor weather day . . . not exactly wet . . . but grey with disappointing low cloud most of the day.

Suddenly you look out of the window and the surrounding hills are a whole different colour.

The Ayres Rock effect reaches as far as Cumbria as the late evening sun lights up the end of the day.

Low evening sun penetrated the gap between the land and the clouds

and shines as a narrow band across the flanks of Grasmoor opposite.

It gradually grows in width and intensity and starts to lighten up the fells.

Out of our side gate, Mellbreak catches the full beauty of this very yellow sunset.

Every crag on the side of the fell is picked out in detail.

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Life is not without its photographic problems however . . .

Expose for the foreground . . . too bright in the distant fellside.
Expose for the fells . . . too dark in the foreground !
Add some fill-in flash . . . but the trees are too bright.
Somewhere there's a happy medium.

Up at the Village Hall one can get a wider view, looking up the Buttermere Valley at . . .

Grasmoor, Whiteless, Robinson, Rannerdale, Haystacks (Gable still in cloud) High Stile and finally Mellbreak.

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Looking up to see how the western sky was looking


I notice that the top of the old pine by the hall


was glowing in the sunshine too.


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Just time to drive round to Foulsyke House as the setting sun adds an edge of red to the clouds.

The yellow colour across the valley has mellowed somewhat.

The setting sunset means the base of the fells have lost their direct sunlight.

A passing cloud above Rannerdale Knotts becomes brighter from the sunshine that is ever-so-briefly colouring the scenery.

Five minutes later the effect passes and I'm home clearing the table after supper.

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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.

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