Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
The weather forecast is not favourable for a walk up Grasmoor as we’d planned, so we head back a little to the south of our walk from Elterwater on Monday to climb Holme Fell and visit the Hodge Close quarry. We found out in the evening that four people had been struck by lightning today, one on Grasmoor itself!
Soon after leaving the Tongue Intake Plantation where we’ve left the car, the view open up towards Pike o’Blisco where the weather looks just as forecast.
The weather changes so quickly in the mountains, a few moments later Pike o’Blisco looks like a smoking volcano.
Lingmoor looks like it’s on fire too.
A Herdwick sheep demonstrates why this breed is so well suited to the Lakes, she has climbed this rock to find the best new leaves on a Mountain Ash tree.
We reach the Hodge Close quarry, a haven for rock climbers, divers and cavers. A rather distressed sign warns us of the dangers.
After the rain the path down to the quarry is slippery and we decide to stay up high for the view down into the deep blue water.
The view across to Fairfield with its share of the cloud.
The Langdale Pikes under temporarily clearing skies.
Jon and Peter take a brief rest before we climb to the summit of Holme Fell.
From the summit, Coniston Water stretches out before us.
Pike o’Blisco through a gap in the lower fell tops.
The sun shines through the clouds to create a kaleidoscope of light and shade.
A wider view shows the dramatic sky over the higher fells.
Photographing the photographer – Jon capturing his own images of Coniston…
…which is currently getting very wet!
The distant Ill Bell ridge with its own pattern of light and shade.
The promised wet weather moves in towards us over the Langdales.
Spreading closer and closer, we’re in for a real soaking on our return to the car.
Wet through, we’re rewarded with a lovely rainbow as clearer skies allow the sun through once more.
The fields around us are bathed in sunshine while the higher fells hang onto that rain.
Wetherlam and the Coniston fells are also still in cloud.
When not getting rained on today, the light is a photographer’s paradise.
One last photo through the trees before we get back to the car – dry at last thanks to the intense sun.
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