This is me – it’s the day before my 50th birthday (February 2015). We had just arrived for a weeks walking to celebrate this momentous time!
We are in The Lake District, on a fell (mountain) called Loughrigg which is near Ambleside. At only 1099 feet (335 meters) it’s about as central as you can be, is fairly easy to get to on foot, and, on a clear day, enjoys great views in every direction.
What I’m admiring is a temperature inversion – as well as the distant snow capped higher fells.
An atmospheric inversion, which is also called a thermal inversion, happens when temperature increases with altitude, instead of the normal decreasing temperature that occurs as altitude increases.
The result is that valleys appear to be covered in a dense cloud while higher areas are bathed in sunshine.
In all the years we’d been walking in the hills this was a first.