Monday, 1 November 2010

Sun setting in the Lakes

This painting is taken from a photograph I took in the Lake District a couple of years ago. It was autumn and we'd been for a drive through the lanes and passes that weave around the hills and mountains. Towards the end of the afternoon, just as the light was beginning to fade, I rounded a corner to see the most spectacular of views. Most of the landscape was in near silhouette and the sun was hidden behind a cloud, but it had powerful beams of light shining down on Buttermere Lake creating a breathtaking vision. Luckily I saw somewhere to pull over and jumped from my car with camera in hand. The water was still, there was no breeze, there was no sound. I took my photo and within minutes the vision had gone.


  1. Very dramatic John, and almost abstract.

  2. Wow! What a dramatic sky and a beautiful result! At first glance I actually thought it was a photo!

  3. Thank you Frank and Sandra. I have to be honest and say I got into big trouble with this one as I just couldn't get the effect I was trying to achieve. I got there in the end, almost, but I'm far from sure that it works as I can't see it through fresh eyes. I'm very encouraged by your comments - thank you.

  4. Beautyful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    These moments pass so quickly. I´m happy you got there in time to take such a photo. WOW!

    1. Thank you very much Catharina, I was certainly very lucky to see this. ;-)