Sarah’s Photography

Sarah requested a camera for her recent, fifth birthday. We thought she’d move on to some other ‘toy’ but the camera was the number one choice for several months. We were just about to embark on our European adventure so we thought it a good present. She was very happy with the Nikon Coolpix L23 which allows anyone starting out in photography to point and push.

We notice that her framing is getting better and much more time is taken to compose each shot. I feel quite chuffed with her portrait of me, at Dove Cottage, earlier this week.

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Sarah Rose 2006 

Sarah knows about flickr and wanted to ‘put her photos’ on the internet. I cannot see a reason to prevent her from doing this so we just set up an account. Here’s an interesting perspective of Dove cottage:


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Sarah Rose 2006 

This is one of her first pics – the London Eye.


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Sarah Rose 2006

I remember my parents having a box brownie and some other camera that I played with at Sarah’s age. I did not own a camera at all until recent years. I wonder what early exposure (pun intended) will do for Sarah’s creative juices?

Wordsworth

Wandering around Grasmere gave me the pleasure countless lovers of poetry, literature, walkers and nature-lovers must have felt over many years. It is very easy to relate to William Wordsworth‘s first flush of enthusiasm for this ‘paradise’ the poet Thomas Gray had described in his journal in 1769.

It is still possible to escape the tourist hoards and wander quietly. We enjoyed our stroll along the river. I did note that the view from Dove Cottage, that Wordsworth enjoyed while he wrote his most famous poetry, is now one of quaint houses rather than landscape. I must admit, in the same way Lucy enjoyed fondling a 2000 year old bronze good luck statue at the British Museum, I really wanted to lay on William’s couch and look out his window. I restrained myself to a furtive photo instead.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas de Quincey are dwarfed, in the tourist brochures, by Wordsworth. However, at the Wordsworth Museum and in the guided tour of the cottage, their presence is recorded and I learnt some more about this important period in the development of Romantic poetry. Interestingly enough, I asked several guides if they had read, one of my favourite biographies, AS Byatt’s, Unruly Times or her Man Booker Prize winning novel, Possession. No luck.

The kids weren’t too certain about the ‘famous local gingerbread’ but tried it nevertheless. I was also unconvinced but have developed a taste for the Kendal Mintcake – made famous by Edmund Hilary  and am sure that I’d have more than my current one filling if a resident of the area.


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore

Have you memories of Grasmere or the Lake District to share?

Rambling around Windermere

The Lake District is a special place and our 5 night visit only makes me want to return, as soon as possible, to do some serious rambling and ‘fell bagging‘.

Windermere‘ is the lake and the town. You do not, apparently, have to say ‘Windermere Lake’ unless differentiating, say to meet someone, from ‘Windermere’. It is the largest of all the lakes. We stayed in Bowness, at Windermere, in a gorgeous little B&B with generous hosts and great breakfasts. It was easy to stroll along trails around the village, through woods, farmland and sleepy cottages. There were superb swans on the lake. I did these lovely walks.

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore

Mountain Goat are the most excellent tour guides in The Lake District and their Ten Lakes Spectacular was a useful introduction to the area. It was a sunny day and the shot below, sums up my mood and the weather.


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore

Lucy and Sarah both enjoyed the experience of these lakes and one suspects Kate enjoyed not walking so far. We all liked stopping in ancent Keswick for lunch. Peter, the guide, was affable and knowledgeable with the gift of storytelling in his repertoire. The lakes are truly spectacular and I particularly like this HDR shot of the girls and I up high.

Walking is a steady, natural metre of mind and one of my favourite pursuits. I could have spent a month exploring these oft-walked paths with my camera and the evenings with a book about the history, ecology and geography of the region. The time to wait patiently, camera mounted on tripod, overlooking the landscape, is what I mostly want to do. I did take a few photos but time alone is needed for epic shots. Here’s my Lake District set on flickr.  

I will write more about walking, Wordsworth’s vision for his life and the companionship he shared with Coleridge shortly.