A week in The Lake District, Cumbria was just the thing to recharge our batteries at the end of February. We enjoyed all the comforts of home, self catering in a cottage near Ambleside. This location is nicely in the middle of the National Park and means we can get to lots of our favourite walks.
At this time of the year there’s every chance of snow on the fells.
Over the years, since Tim and I have been walking in this beautiful area, it is a place that has become an important part of our lives. It has lifted us, challenged us and shared a whole lot of weather with us! We have learnt to read maps, how to scramble, identify changes in the weather, pick the best picnic spots and even do a spot of shepherding.
To capture the moment(s) we take photos…lots and lots of photos and over the 20 odd years that we’ve been walking in the hills (or elsewhere) we’ve always carried a camera (or two) of some kind. Trying to get good quality shots whenever we can – in the early days it really was more about the photography than the walking. Can you imagine how heavy a medium format and old fashioned tripod was to carry into the hills? Believe me, it was heavy.
This is me pretending to know what I’m doing out on location back in 1996. We were young and foolish….
Film cameras have been replaced by new technology and we can’t get enough of it. Here’s our latest addition. As you can see it has a retro silver/brown leather 1950s look – is small and perfectly formed.
So, having this camera really lightens our load – and leaves plenty of space for other photographic toys which we haven’t been able to resist buying.
This in turn makes for some difficult decisions when packing a backpack. Take :-
1. this new camera
2. GoPro (action/wide screen) camera
3. Canon Camcorder
4. Tims Nikon SLR
5. All of the above ! ….just in case