Four seasons in one day

by Helen Hooker November. 21, 2016 2510 views

As I drove to Cumbria yesterday, through banks of heavy rain, I asked myself what possessed me to accept a gig in late November - surely June would have been a better bet!  However, having driven almost three hundred miles I wasn't going to let a bit of weather get in the way of my photography.   It was snowing as I ate my breakfast and the forecast for the rest of the day was for heavy showers so I togged up in thermals and waterproofs and set off to find some waterfalls.  At least the rain could only help make them more dramatic!  My first port of call was Skelwith Force, near Ambleside.  

I walked from the car park, photographing the beautiful landscape en-route, and the roar of the river made it quite evident when I was getting close.  There was a handy flight of steps and metal walkway down to the top of the waterfall, which gave me a close up view of the sheer force of nature at work.  

I'd been planning to convert at least some of my long exposure images to monochrome but the rich autumnal colours were too good to remove!

It's easy to forget how powerful water can be but I was under no illusions that, should I fall in, I'd be swept away in an instant.  Fortunately, I had a large, flattish area of rock to work from and I kept well away from the edge.  I used a six stop neutral density filter to blur the water passing around the me and I rather like the contrast of textures this creates.

I couldn't get a clear view of Skellwith Force from below, but this picture gives you an idea of the power of the water falling over the edge.

My next stop was Colwith Force, another waterfall upstream from Skelwith, and I decided to walk there as there wasn't a suitable spot to park my car.  By this stage the weather was no longer feeling quite so benign, and I walked through rain, sleet, hailstones and even saw the occasional glimpse of the sun - truly four seasons in one day!  My route took me through some fairly dense woodland and involved a degree of scrambling over rocks too.  It was worth the effort though when I reached the waterfall.  It was altogether bigger than Skelwith Force and the small building at its base just emphasised its drama. 

I wonder what the building at the base of Colwith Force is for? It certainly doesn't enjoy easy access for whoever owns it!

As I walked back through the woods (finding a slightly less arduous path this time) I took some more photos of the trees which were, remarkably, still clad in much of their autumnal colour.  

I was struck by the richness of the greens I saw too - the moist atmosphere in this area encourages the growth of moss.  The combination of vivid greens and rich russets was irresistible.

A traditional dry stone wall, coated in a thick layer of moss


I finally made it back to Skelwith Bridge in time for a late lunch at the cafe by the river before walking back to my car.  I was weary from six miles of hiking but content that I'd made the most of the photographic opportunities the weather had offered me.

18 November 2016



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Timothy Bullock 3 years, 10 months ago

Words can't describe how beautiful these pictures are!!

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Becky Brannon 3 years, 11 months ago

Love the dreamy moving water! The snow adds such wonderful contrast to the still green grass!

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Holly Crocker 4 years ago

Breathtaking! I especially like the movement of the water. Wonderful job!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Holly Crocker 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you so much Holly!

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Stefan Robert 4 years ago

I love that waterfalls! Keep up the good work!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Stefan Robert 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you Stefan. We don't have anything this dramatic near my home so I was determined to make the most of my visit!

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Azharul Shah 4 years ago

very much beautiful of all your photos

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Helen Hooker Replied to Azharul Shah 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you so much Azharul!

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Azharul Shah Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 11 months ago

you're welcome :)

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Arun Tp 4 years ago

beautiful and well expressed blog

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Helen Hooker Replied to Arun Tp 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you Arun! I enjoy working on the words as well as the pictures :-)

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Adrianshot 4 years ago

This is heaven on earth, so beautiful!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Adrianshot 3 years, 11 months ago

You're so right - it is a heavenly place. Thank you for your lovely comment :-)

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Amy Daniels 4 years ago

All breathtakingly beautiful

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Helen Hooker Replied to Amy Daniels 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you so much Amy!

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Jay Keywood 4 years ago

These are beautiful!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Keywood 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you Jay!

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Charlotte Daly 4 years ago

Pictures like this are inspirational! Can't wait to share mine on my blog!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Charlotte Daly 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you Charlotte - I'm so pleased you like them! I will pop by and take a look at your blog :-)

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Giancarlo Fosci 4 years ago

What a wonderful set, a little paradise!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Giancarlo Fosci 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you Giancarlo!

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Teresita 4 years ago

Guys! I just started out my blog, Can you check it out please?

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Helen Hooker Replied to Teresita 3 years, 11 months ago

I certainly will! :-)

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Andrzej Pieniążek 4 years ago

Amazing photos . 3 and 12 great .

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Fotomario 4 years ago

Me gusta la viveza que das a tus imagenes , con esa luz tan gris

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Helen Hooker Replied to Fotomario 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you very much! :-)

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Aniket Pant 4 years ago

Lovely! I particularly liked the lone tree with the storm clouds in the background

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Helen Hooker Replied to Aniket Pant 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you very much!

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Daris Pro 4 years ago

Beautiful photos!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Daris Pro 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you Dario!

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Arleta 4 years ago

Simply great, astonishing serie. I admire ;)

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Helen Hooker Replied to Arleta 3 years, 11 months ago

What a lovely comment - thank you!

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Nagm 4 years ago

It`s amazing shots . Great photographer.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Nagm 3 years, 11 months ago

You're very kind - thank you!

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Ben Mckechnie 4 years ago

Phenomenal work!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Ben Mckechnie 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Ben!

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Antonio Gil 4 years ago

Absolutely stunning. #4 to my favs.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks again!

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Gillian Parsons 4 years ago

Best series I have seen on here in many a year brilliant work and yes so brave to do this in November.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Gillian Parsons 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Jill! It did seem rather crazy to go in November but it was worth it!

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Jay Boggess 4 years ago

Fabulous series, Helen! Well worth braving the elements! Thanks for sharing these w/us!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 11 months ago

My pleasure - thank you Jay!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 11 months ago

:=D

Cheers!

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