Lake District, Winter 2017/2018

The 2017/2018 winter season in the Lake District has definitely been something of a mixed bag.

December saw the occasional snow flurry with sinking temperatures, along with some strong winds and overcast light. January was mild and drizzly, before temperatures started to plunge in February with the arrival of the Beast From The East fighting against Storm Emma, bringing heavy snow, sub-zero temperatures, and all-round chaos.

There are some things that stay consistent in a Lake District winter, though. For me, reds and oranges become predominant colours in the landscape as the ferns that cover the fells (mountains) turn a deep, rusty umber. You also can’t escape the deep cool blues of a Lake District winter, especially on a clear day.

The combination of these two dominating colours makes for a pleasing palette. Combine this with low angles of light and less foot traffic, and you’ve got a recipe for Landscape Heaven.

Perhaps one day I’ll acquire the necessary equipment and skills to be able to hike around the Lake District during the middle of winter. I’d love to get some “proper” winter scenes in my portfolio.