Late Summer on a Fell who’ s name originated from the Old Norse for Heather. Surely my desire to shoot a carpet of pinks and purples will come to fruition. I had looked forward to this all year. The weather was good, the light was in my favour. I visualised what I wanted as I climbed Lingmoor Fell in the Central Fells of The Lake District.
It didn’t take me long to climb to this relatively small fell. At under 500 metres and no technical scrambles I managed to bag the cairn in well under an hour from setting off. This included me vlogging of course, filming a message of hope and intending to excite the viewer into sharing what I had visualised. It didn’t take me long to discover I had been too late.
The UK had seen an unusually long hot summer. I am no horticulture expert but the Heather had blossomed early due to the amount of sunshine we had this year. Albeit for the occasional patch of purple blossom, it was now clothed in a dry brown dead looking hue. I was disappointed but as a landscape photographer who doesn’t give in, I continued my journey into finding something that was to heal my wounds.
Lingmoor Tarn was pulling me in and I captured a decent shot with the Langdale Pikes as a backdrop. The light was good with splashing contrasting patches on the Fells.
I was fairly pleased with the composition but not fully content. I wanted more and wasn’t prepared to leave without further adding to my session. As I wandered around the Tarn, I was interested in the Lilly Pads displaying their glorious paddle like leaves on the surface of the water. The Langdale Pikes we’re in view but the angle was wrong for a shot of the Lilly Pads as foreground interest, the Pikes as a backdrop. It was time to get intimate. There it was. An isolated patch of wonderfully organised Lilly Pads with its leaves pointing in different angles and its stems bent in such a pleasing way that I was gripped. Out came the telephoto lens, on went the Circular Polarizer filter to take away the reflections of the clouds that interfered with the composition. I waited for the light and it didn’t disappoint me. Heather eluded me, Lilly invited me.