I made the effort to get up and out early on January 2nd. The forecast promised clear skies and little wind which suggested a few sunrise shots over water could be productive. The nearest accessible stretch of water for me was Lake Windermere. Unless you are on the western shores of the lake, sunrise doesnt offer any immediately obvious spectacular vistas, (the mountains are mainly to the north). I gave it a try anyway and was rewarded with some beautiful colours in the sky in the pre-dawn glow.
I tried to catch a few more shots of the Fairfield group of fells above the lone barn at Galava Fort with mixed results.
Not willing to give up on the day just yet, I drove on to a favourite haunt on the banks of the River Brathay as it meanders towards Skelwith Bridge from Elterwater. With a memory card bulging with shots from the lake, and a ton more from Bratahay I ended the morning with only two images I think worth publishing, but good enough to have justified the early start in themselves!
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