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Flare is usually looked on as a fault with a lens or poor photographic skills, I believe it makes this image, as can be imagined on a day with exellent light I shot a number of photo's most without flare, this is my favourite.

The day was much brighter than the photo suggests, just the intensity of light above a sea of cloud affected the image, we continued by next ascendeding Scafell via the west wall traverse, later with the sun behind us it remains the only occasion to date that I have seen Brocken Specters,

There was no local evidence to remind me, but almost to the hour and exactly 200 years after Nelsons victory and death, a fact I was unaware of when I took the photo, Trafalgar lies just a few miles to the south but the historical maps suggest this is about as near on land as one can get.

Anybody visiting these tarns should circumnavigate this one on its northern shore, and the great tarn via the eastern shore, you'll still find it a boggy exercise

Dead Eye on September 15, 2014

I would love to have been given the chance to take one of these out into the loch, I have however sailed my Albacore "Persephone" to Bute and Arran from here,

A grey day in the valley's, this was the best place to be in bright sunlight, the plume to the rear end of Ingleborough was continually flowing, the time was 1.12pm, anyone venturing up here should note that there are no obvious or marked footpaths, I followed a wall which provided stunning panorama views to the south and crossed it where a large snowdrift provided a way, my return route was across the peat bogs to the north east which is not too bad when frozen, an excellent short winter walk from the Cam Houses junction.

Returning to the car, peat bogs and snow filled sink holes lie ahead, there is no obvious route, frozen conditions kept our boots reasonably dry.

I have not produced many stitched photo's but neither of the two I took worked on their own, the hill centre right is Ingleborough and those to the far left are the mountains of the lake district, the stitching program removed camera info, 125th,F6.3,400asa,white balance set to shade,only shadows lifted slightly post edit no further adjustment.

Usually I'm out there taking part, but being OD(referee) and little wind meant I got to take photo's for once, and a great sunset to boot, sailing in these conditions is not much fun I have had a frog swim past me before now.

Every once in a while you take a photo that works and you don't really know why, perhaps it's just that moment in time.

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