Fred waits patiently……
Eddie showed me his favourite locations in The Lake district, such as Rydalwater (above and below). Ice on the water around the lake edge show that its pretty cold, despite the lovely sunshine. This was the perfect location to try out my new 8mm fisheye………verdict ; cheap, cheerful, but effective. Just like me !
Then we moved on to a cave just up the hill, and to Derwentwater.
We went for an afternoon to Malham, and took pictures at Gordale Scar.
You can see much, many more pictures at Eddie’s own website; www.eddiemuscroft.co.uk
Eventually heading to a site at North Berwick on the Firth of Forth, we stopped off at Tantalon Castle, a fabulous ruin perched on a cliff top overlooking the Firth and the Bass Rock, with its lighthouse and covered in sea birds.
Fidra Island just a few hundred yards off the beach, and its lighthouse.
On the beach at North Berwick. The Caravan Club site was such a welcome touch of ‘luxury’ after the very disappointing facilities we’d endured at Bamburgh. We’ll definitely be going back there.
We were heading towards Scotland for the very first time, but stopped off to visit a site just below Bamburgh Castle……. which displayed its different moods over two days.
And, of course, more running around on the beach !
We could also see the Farne Islands from the beach………. but neither of us fancied the rather choppy waters to go for a visit.
Our daily saunter down to the falls was spiced up with the arrival of the Bernese Ramblers Club…….. all meeting in the car park near the falls. A dozen Bernese and a couple of other giant breeds, plus the biggest St.Bernard we’d ever seen, Hudson, weighing 14 stones…… and what a boisterous handful he was ! Though not so much that he didn’t want his belly rubbing. We also met a lady who runs a Bernese ‘home from home’…….. a really upmarket kennels for if we want to go away without Fred.
Fred remained aloof to everything, as usual…………
Every August Bank holiday Monday we have the Aysgarth Village Fete. And for our very first time on the big day we had absolutely perfect weather ! This following on from the very mixed conditions we had seen in previous months.
The Hawes Silver Band played outside the Institute (the fete was to raise money for its continuing upkeep) as volunteers served cream teas inside.
We also manned various stalls including cakes and books, as well as outdoor games, and a bouncy castle for the kids, all arranged on the village green.
The crowd have pre-outing drinks in the Fox and Hounds, procede via the main street to the Wensleydale Heifer, and then stop again with Bartle.
The ancient ritual of Burning Bartle just down the road in West Witton was an obvious place to be on a Saturday evening.
This annual event celebrates an ancient tradition. It starts at the western end of the village, and local people parade a dummy replicating this ancient figure down the main street, stopping at frequent intervals to chant an ancient doggerel and partake of a swift drink outside pre-arranged houses including the Wensleydale Heifer and theFox and Hounds.
When Bartle reaches ‘his end’ in Grassgill at the eastern outskirts of the village, he is set alight, accompanied by songs and cheers from the crowd of followers.
Heavy and consistent rain heading towards Bank Holiday Monday (of course) has produced a swollen River Ure and the Falls can be heard half a mile away from our house.
The same rain has created some marvellous photo opportunities around our numerous waterfalls.
Torrential water flows compared to my first shoots have combined with familiarity in working with this kind of subject to produce some very pleasing results. My first example (above) is at West Burton, with Cauldron Falls living up to their name with a deafening power of water we have never seen there in all the years we have visited this lovely place.
Being just half a mile away, Aysgarth Falls are an almost daily Freddie walk from our house. But this view of the Lower Falls almost covering its usually accessible rocky edges is especially rewarding.
Normally the best view of The Falls is upstream, facing the oncoming flow, but a glance downstream reveals this dramatic alternative view of crashing water.
The Upper Falls also provide a great spectacle.
This is how Eddie shoots his landscapes. With a tripod, a neutral density filter, a long exposure and a great eye for light and water.
To share his vision of the landscape I’ve had to take up his disciplines and patience, and also get my feet wet ! This shot is mine, but I wouldn’t have been there without him showing me the way, in the first place with his gorgeous mountain landscapes on Instagram (shot with his iphone), and then with his first serious camera and featuring his well trodden routes in The Lake District around Ambleside.
I borrow his tripod having sold my last, hardly used one, some months ago !
Lindsey and Fred photographed by Eddie……. using my Olympus for the first time ! Ed has been doing some marvellous landscapes recently with a canon compact, though only with a middle range zoom. Now he can see things with a different perspective using a telephoto lens on the Olympus.
More great landscapes to follow…….
This is the view across Wensleydale from our garden, which is totally enclosed so that Freddie can lie on the lawn just as long as he likes . Sometimes during this hot weather we have to drag him in late at night so that we can lock up and go to bed !
The house has four bedrooms (though one is still being refurbished by Bernard our super-helpful landlord).
We can walk for a mere 15 minutes to get to spectacular Aysgarth Falls, and the welcoming George & Dragon is only 100yards away……..its gonna be really hard living here !
Leyburn is 20 minutes one direction, and Hawes 15 minutes the other, with the rest of the Dales spread all around us.
Yours truly has experienced a revival, nay an epiphany, of my interest in landscape photography. Though with views like these outside our garden its hardly hard work !
When Eddie gets here he can show me how to do it his way since he’s had much more recent experience than me in capturing atmosphere in landscapes.
We had Hook House Farm campsite, on the outskirts of Robin Hoods Bay recommended to us. It overlooks the bay, and when the sea fret dispersed it was absolutely fabulous !
The camp site was visible from down on the beach and the arrow points at where we were. The only challenge was hauling ourselves back up to the town, then up another hill to the campsite a couple of times a day ……. especially on a hot one !
We found fossils on the beach, including this one which looks like a grasshopper, then met a crowd of Danish fossil-hunters who were there for the week.
Fred chomped his way through piles of seaweed as usual. We met a guy from Lumsdale and a couple from Chesterfield at our site, and an old friend from Tansley on the beach near Whitby.
The fields were full of lambs, and some odd ‘character’ sheep.
York Rowntree caravan site is in the city centre, a short walk along the river to all of the tourist sites, including our main reason for going to York, to see The Flying Scotsman in The National Railway Museum.
We quickly decided we’d had enough of the big city, and as luck would have it there was one pitch available at a site overlooking the beach at Sandsend.
we dove over the moors in superb sunshine, had lunch at the site then quickly hit the beach. Linds and fred had a good old play, posed by the beach huts, then we got into town via the harbour and caught up with the Goths (see next post !).
Hawes looks to be our favourite destination so far ……….
We were treated to sun, rain, hail, sleet and cold…….. sometimes all in the same day ! A passing Tucano seemed to be taking a look at us !
We revisited an old haunt at Malham and walked to Gordale Scar, again in some rain, before a good lunch in the Lister Arms where Freddie had his picture taken for their Facebook page !
At the weekend we drove to see Eddie in Ambleside, this time in superb sunshine all the way there and back……..
And played mini golf as snow lay on the mountain tops from the night before.
House hunting yet again, but this time playing a wild card and looking at what seems to be a lovely house in a really nice village in Lincolnshire, well East of Newark and most of the way to Skegness !
We’ve offered for it, and its been accepted, but its early days yet.
Greetham Retreat campsite was really good, and well placed for local towns of Horncastle and Woodhall Spa…….. really nice places to wander round. We’re already getting to know the area.