Grasmere View, Lake District, England

Embrace the weather

Having been born and raised in Greece, I am naturally used to clear blue skies during July, every July at any given year. Being a UK resident for the last 20 years, I miss those ‘blue sky’ days of the past. Still, I don’t complain, I accept what nature throws at me and do my best to take full advantage. The only thing that frustrates me though, is the thought of visiting a location (some of them require long drives) and not being able to take a single picture due to wet British weather.

Early July I was in the Lake District for a one-to-one photo workshop. The participant had been with me on my previous group workshop in the same area. This time she wanted to spend 3 days with me to learn as much as possible and advance her photographic skills. One location we visited was Buttermere. Back then it rained on us – this time it happened again, it felt like deja vu. We gave up 15 minutes later.

The following day the weather was gorgeous and allowed us to be outdoors all day; progress at last. At the end of the day we visited Grasmere (lake), the last location for the day. Even in the duration of a few hours the weather started turning, again. I was very suspicious that it will rain on us yet again when I saw those distant clouds. We were lucky, we only had a few drops of rain for a couple of minutes and then we managed to capture a picture of this location with the stunning views of Grasmere. At last, those distant clouds could be utilised to be part of the framing, offering their splendid mood to a picture that some could call a dull summer capture.

Embrace the weather, any kind of weather, as long as it doesn’t rain on you.

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    Great article. My last trip to the Lake District was very changeable but probably, my first visit back in 2009 not so. In fact it was the year that Cockermouth was severely damaged by floods.

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