Langdale Pikes

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I had prospected Blea Tan at dawn under grey skies on New Year's Day. The potential was obvious so I returned two weeks later, when snow was covering the Lake District. The roads were icy so I drove through Little Langdale in first gear and hiked up the steep road to Blea Tarn at first light. I chose my location with a foreground of snow-topped boulders forming leading lines into the image. Langdale Pikes were neatly reflected in still water between nearby ice and the far edge of the tarn. The rising sun caught the Pikes perfectly, giving about ten minutes of great light before it disappeared into cloud. By early afternoon it was snowing again.