August 16th 2012 saw Amanda, Tara and I at Ullswater in the Lake District. We visited Pooley Bridge and Martindale Common from where I took some images of Ullswater. The drive up to the common was interesting as we chose a day that clashed with the local farmers moving their Herdwick sheep from one very steep area of pasture to another.
There were about half a dozen farmers, at least 20 dogs of differing breeds and sizes and the favoured method of communication appeared to be by yelling at each other. At one point one, elderly, worker who was high on a hillside was shouting to "Chris" who was on the other side of the valley about 1/2 a mile away. Chris had evidently missed a few sheep, much to the old mans consternation. He yelled "Chris, behind you Chris" a few times before shouting, at the top of his voice, "OI CHRIS, YOU WANKER"!, whilst shaking his walking stick in the direction of poor "Chris".
The weather, as is the norm for the Lakes, was mixed with some very squally showers soaking us followed by warm sunshine to dry us all off, I'm surprised we didn't shrink!! In fact having been soaked a number of times whilst up at the common, when we went into Pooley Bridge for some lunch we found out that there had been no rain at all!
The images were taken using my Canon EOS 60D, the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 lens and, as the light was difficult, I used a 2 stop ND grad filter to try and balance the very bright sky.
For those of you yet to visit Ullswater all I can say is, "what are you waiting for?"
Until next time, take care and stay safe.