One evening the darkening clouds parted to reveal the sunlight filtering through, edging everything with brilliant golden light. This gap lasted for quite a while until the grey clouds blotted it out again.
(By the way, I don’t use filters, Photoshop or any computer wizardry to alter my pictures.)
This was taken on a gloriously sunny day in Cumbria (the Lake District) as we hiked up alongside Shoulthwaite Gill. At this point we were close to Iron Crag and looking back down the valley towards Skiddaw and Blencathra. From here the walk became more rugged and the path disappeared entirely, but despite the uneven – and sometimes precarious – state of the ground, we had a thoroughly satisfying day on the hills without encountering another soul.
This bracken/fern was growing beside a stream in a conifer forest, just trying to catch the sun as it attempted to edge through the misty clouds and rain.
This photo is looking through the long grass over Brothers Water towards Dove Crag, in Cumbria (The Lake District) taken late afternoon on a glorious sunny day after a long hike in the area.
These stunning black and yellow dragonflies were constant companions on one of our walks in Cumbria, and this one landed close to the path and stayed still long enough to be photographed. It seems to be studying me just as intently as I was focusing on it!
This vivid little caterpillar was climbing on the old walls of Carlisle Castle. It’s bright orange and black stripes make it look like some want-to-be tiger but it is, in fact, the caterpillar of the Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae), a red and black day flying insect which thrives on the otherwise poisonous ragwort plant.
These toadstools were growing out of a living tree trunk. The tree itself appeared to be quite healthy and robust, and no other trees in the vicinity seemed to be affected.