Photos: The River Brathay and Elterwater

I took a trip to Elterwater to film a video telling the story of how I got into photography and ended up living in the Lake District. I wasn’t happy with the video but I did end up with a few nice photos.

I took a trip to Elterwater to photograph those famous trees on the River Brathay and to film a video telling the story of how I got into photography and ended up living in the Lake District. I wasn’t happy with the video but I did end up with a few nice photos.

The path alongside the River Brathay

When I arrived there was a thick layer of mist on the river and surrounding area. With visibility at times down to just a few meters I wasn’t even able to see across to the other side of the river.

The view across the River Brathay towards Birkrigg Park

As I waited for the mist to clear I was occasionally treated to glimpses of Birkrigg Park on the other side of the river. The Herdwick sheep were quietly enjoying their breakfast until someone in the distance let off a shotgun sending them scurrying for cover.

Mist shrouds the trees on the River Brathay

The trees that I intended photograph are very well known, unmistakable even when shrouded in mist. I would have liked the them to have been slowly revealed as the mist lifted but the area surrounding them was the last to disappear.

Clear blue skies over the River Brathay

When the mist eventually lifted I was treated to clear blue skies – good for the soul if not good for photography. It was so calm that the surface of the river was like a mirror reflecting the trees beautifully.

The view of the Langdale Pikes from across Elterwater

As the sun rose in the sky I moved on to photograph the view across Elterwater towards the Langdale Pikes. Whenever I visit the River Brathay I find it impossible to resist stopping and grabbing a few shots of this scene.

Reflections of the Langdale Pikes on Elterwater

One final shot before I left, this time a wider shot to include much more of Elterwater itself. I need to do some research to figure out when the sun will be in the best position to photography this view.

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