Sandscale Haws, Summer 2017

The Lake District dominates a vast chunk of the English county of Cumbria, so you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Lake District is Cumbria. Thankfully, there's more to Cumbria than its fells and dales. 

Cumbria is also home to some delightful stretches of coast. Not exactly on a par with what you'll find in Northumberland, North Yorkshire, or Cornwall, for example, but certainly beautiful in its own right. Sandscale Haws is a Nature Reserve owned by the National Trust, located on the Furness Peninsula of South Cumbria, poking out into the Duddon Estuary. 

This is a place of white beaches, multicoloured pebbles, sand dunes, precious wild flowers, and rare fauna (including the nationally rare natterjack toad). You're also treated to incredible views across the Duddon Estuary's quicksand of the Lake District Fells, especially the Scafell range. 

I have a tendency to seek, shoot, and edit photos in the darker tonal range but here on the white sandy beaches on a bright summer's day, dark tones aren't an option. This was an exercise in accepting the brighter tones of midsummer light and sandy seascapes, and in editing I deliberately overexposed images to replicate the sense of sheer brilliance that Sandscale Haws showed.