Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake – Cumbria

An early start for this one at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake. There was a heavy mist when I first arrived which slowly lifted. This is twenty minutes from my home so I’m often at the lake’s shores with my camera. Very peaceful on this particular morning; did not see a soul.

A heron regularly passes by in the morning, its wing tips almost touching the surface of the water. Will be spending some time with a long lens at this location in an attempt to get a shot of this heron and its reflection in the lake. Ospreys nest here and can be seen from the public viewing area in Dodd Wood on the left. There is also a video link to the nest at nearby Whinlatter Centre. The Ospreys return in April after wintering in Africa.

At the far end of the lake is the town of Keswick; a great place to spend the day. There are numerous art galleries in Keswick and throughout the Lake District which exhibit local artists’ work. Beyond the town is the fell Helvellyn which at 3000+ feet is one of only four fells above 3000 feet in England. The other three are Skiddaw, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

© Simon Howlett 2012. All rights reserved

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