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Arctic conditions in the Lake District

In early February we experienced a run of Northerly winds for about a week, and these brought snow and keen frosts to Northern Britain.

I had waited for true winter conditions to hit the Lake District for a couple of years so I hit the road early for the lonely drive over the Pennines..... I'll open with my favourite image from the two day trip ~ a distant view of Blencathra from a very cold and blustery Great Gable.....

Blencathra from Great Gable 317 web

On the previous day, I had walked the round of Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Crag Hill and Sail, also known as the Coledale Horseshoe. Crag Hill particularly offers great views of all the Lake District mountains as it is reasonably high and occupies a fairly central position. I was also using this trip as a reconaissance for a future landscape photography workshop.

Alpine climbing in the Massif du Mont Blanc

In September 2014, I was lucky enough to enjoy two weeks of fabulous weather and the company of some great friends as we made a return to alpine climbing in the Massif du Mont Blanc. In recent years, I have been going to the Alps more in the winter for ski mountaineering and some easier summits, so going back to what we know best, summer alpinism, was a real treat.

The weather through June, July and August in the Alps had been very poor, so I was a little uncertain about the conditions we would encounter. As it turned out, things were great, the weather fairly stable, and most of the crowds of August having long since departed.

From our base in Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley, we essentially made three climbs (nearly...) ~ the beautiful, snowy Aiguille d'Argentiere by the Fleche Rousse, the Rochefort Arete (not quite the full traverse), and the traverse of Les Courtes......

 

The Aiguille d'Argentiere via the Fleche Rousse (the Red Arrow)

Aiguille d'Argentiere, Massif du Mont BlancEvening light over the beautiful Aiguille d'Argentiere

January snowfall

The snow that fell over the last couple of days has just frozen harder and and harder, and the temperature today hasn't risen above zero. The wind has dropped and this evening, over Danby Dale, a fabulous sky presented itself....January sunset, Danby

 

After a very cold night with a keen frost, the next morning was beautiful, with mist and then light drifting over from the southern Dales...

January mist over Danby, North York Moors

 

Quite often in winter, if we have wind from the south or south west, we get cloud spilling over from the southern Dales into Danby Dale or the Fryupdales. I still seem to miss it, usually by being in the wrong place, though I managed this recent image from the Oakley Walls more by luck than judgement.....

cloud spills into Little Fryupdale, North York Moors

 

31st January ~ we are still held in winter's grip with more snow and gales from the North. The silver birch woodland known as Danby Park is always a reliable location especially in the snow, and on the 28th January I made this image....

silver birch, Danby Park, North York Moors

 

Late September 2014 ~ we were trying to make the best of the gorgeous autumn sunshine at Sandsend on the Yorkshire Coast. Sometimes things work against you, and on this day, the tide was high, it was very bright and full of contrast with the sun still nearly overhead. I decided to look for the intimate details, although on a sandy beach they aren't always obvious. I try to be conscious of my visual awareness, always trying to improve it, and encouraging this in my workshop clients, and I guess the next two images demonsrate this point....

shoreline details, Sandsend, Yorkshire Coast

 

shoreline details # II, Sandsend, Yorkshire Coast

Back in August, although the weather was unseasonably cool during that month after the warm and dry summer prior, we had a fabulous display of heather up here on the Moors. As usual, it was patchy, and we had to be patient, but when we found a combination of perfect heather and great light, it was truly worth the wait. As usual, the wilds of Westerdale, right by the source of the River Esk, gave up their riches.....

Westerdale heather, North Yorks Moors, Peter Leeming Photography

 

Westerdale heather, North Yorks Moors

 

Deep Grove Wyke ~ a rich and little known location...

August 2014: After quite a gap between visits, we made another trip to this secret spot... OK... I gave you the name... the rest is up to you!

And what a place for photography! A day catching the warm sun, and concentrating on the intimate details in the rocks....

Deep Grove Wyke, Yorkshire Coast photography

 

Deep Grove Wyke, Yorkshire Coast photographysandstone textures, Deep Grove Wyke, Yorkshire Coast photography

In August 2014, I joined up with friends for some rock climbing and photography in Snowdonia. Our first day was a cold, blustery, grey but dry day climbing on Craig Cwm Silyn, and our second day, a cool but brighter day climbing on Tryfan.

Not the best weather for photography but here is a image made during the climb on the East Face of Tryfan, looking East over Y Braich...

landscape photography Snowdonia

Landscape photography workshops on the Yorkshire Coast

In the summer of 2014 I delivered a number of landscape photography workshops on the Yorkshire Coast. Saltwick Bay near Whitby, and the more remote Boulby Cliffs, have again proved to be ideal locations for teaching, and for giving us the opportunity to create some fabulous images. I thought I would share some of those experiences and some of those images here....

 

Saltwick Bay

image from my landscape photography workshops on the Yorkshire Coast

 image from Yorkshire Coast photography workshop, Saltwick Bay

 Boulby Cliffs

Boulby never ceases to amaze me, and never ceases to provide powerful images. Reputedly the burial place of Beowolf, Boulby has the most incredible sandstone architecture on its Upper Tier, and below, a very rich source of colours and textures in its alum shales....

 

Boulby Cliffs, alum shales, image from landscape photography workshop, Yorkshire Coast

 

 Late June, 9.00pm, sun setting on another successful workshop...

 

Boulby Cliffs / image from Yorkshire Coast landscape photography workshop

 

 Honing in on the fine details, the rich textures and colours.....

Boulby Cliffs, image from Yorkshire Coast landscape photography workshopBoulby Cliffs, image from Yorkshire Coast landscape photography workshopBoulby Cliffs, Yorkshire Coast landscape photography workshop

 

 

Tour de France - Le Grand Depart, Yorkshire

Last weekend I was lucky enough to join up with friends to watch the first two stages of the Tour de France ~ an amazing and unforgettable experience!

The last weekend in June saw us busy with landscape photography workshops on the Yorkshire Coast ~ spring tides, sunshine and high summer were the ingredients for two very successful and enjoyable workshops. Thank you to my four charming clients on the 28th and my two wonderful clients on the 30th for their good company and good humour ~ it was a real pleasure to introduce you to the secrets of this amazing coast.

Here are a few images I made in quiet moments on the workshops at Saltwick Bay and at Boulby.

Boulby