In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Treat.”
Joy and I (mostly me) have a lazy streak (OK, just me). A big treat that’s a major part of a day walking for me is coffee and cake. Two places that are BIG on this treat are the alps, with the wonderful selection of mountain huts, alms houses, and hill-top cafes, and the south-west way along the Somerset, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset coast. These have some of the best cafes in the country, rightly famous for their clotted cream teas. I usually can’t resist taking a picture of the refreshments, often in progress or fully demolished. A great cup of coffee, a delicious cake, wonderful surroundings, and a good book. Heaven.
The day before my previous post I stationed myself at Little Langdale for the sunset. And a very nice sunset it was too. I used both the Olympus and the Pentax for these – I can fit a graduated neutral density filter on the front of the Pentax, which I can’t on the Olympus.
I worked hard for these shots, starting with the alarm going off at 4am so I could be in Langdale by six, in place for the sunrise. I was rewarded with a wonderful dawn and the light changing from blue to pink to orange to yellow over the course of about ninety minutes.
I used the Olympus OMD-EM10 for all these shots. It seems to have replaced my Pentax K20D as my “serious” camera. I love using the EVF for live histogram and focus peaking. It’s lighter so I think the tripod keeps it steadier. It’s got a slightly smaller sensor so gets slightly better depth of field. All in all, I’m getting better shots with it. Also, the Pentax is starting to misbehave with age.
It’s getting near to the peak of autumn colour now. The lake district is wonderful at this time and between Grasmere, Ambleside and Langdale is particularly good. The light wasn’t at its best but it wasn’t too bad, a soft overcast with occasional brightness. At least there wasn’t any wind, so most of my pictures ended up nice and sharp.
I took both my Olympus OMD-EM10 and Pentax K20D. Stupidly, I’d forgotten the memory card for the Pentax. I was shooting mostly with the Olympus but I got the Pentax out to use the long lens I have for it. I had the bright idea I could take the SD card out of the Olympus and put it in the Pentax and this worked fine. Then I put it back in the Olympus – uh-oh! I turned it on and saw “Card Error” written in red on the display. Scary. To cut a long story short, I put it back in the Pentax and deleted the picture I’d taken with it, then back in the Olympus and it worked again.
Moral of the story – don’t share cards between cameras without trying it out first. Second moral – don’t forget your memory card in the first place! I remember once going out to take photos and remembering everything – filters, tripod, remote release – but forgetting the camera.
Our indian summer keeps on giving. We had a lovely afternoon climbing at Woodhouse Scar with the CMC – Simon, Michael and myself.
Simon and I started with Curving Crack. I’d laid hands on the starting move for this last week and couldn’t figure out how to get off the ground but Simon led and showed me the way. It was possible but very strenuous. A good route.
You don’t get much more ordinary than painted lines on the road. They have strong colours, strong lines and interesting textures. All things that make for, hopefully, good photographs. You’ll have to be the judge of that.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”
The theme for the this week’s Daily Posts’s challenge “Happy Place” is easy for me. Wherever I go in the mountains to photograph is a happy place. Joy calls my trips to the hills “recharging my sanity batteries”.
On monday I went to Thirlmere in the Lake District. This is a relatively new place for me and it was very beautiful.
It was the CMC’s Yorkshire club meet yesterday and the venue was Rylstone. Joy and I have often climbed there but not for quite a few years. I remember it fondly for the tremendous views and beautiful scenery on a warm sunny day, though also for the cold and winds on less than kindly days.
Unusually the crag was quite crowded and naturally most people were climbing the popular three star classics. This left us with the very unpopular no-star well named route Sandy Buttress. The book suggests doing it in two pitches but really it’s a single pitch route that’s broken in the middle by a big grassy area. Very delicate, especially in it’s fairly lichenous state, and not a lot of gear. Getting down from the top is “interesting”.
We managed a better route next, Forgotten. Only Diff, but a nice line, nice moves and nice rock.
Finally, the crag was quieter and it was our turn on the classic easy route of the area, President’s Slab. We’ve done this several times before, though as I said not for some years. It well deserves its three stars with a great line, increasingly exposed as you slant up and right, with perfect rock and great gear to reassure you all the way.