Thursday, October 12, 2006

Derwent Water

5 comments:

H.O said...
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H.O said...

Hi ckl
Really nice landscape image.

Recentry I couldn't leave a comment but I always check your photograph. :-)

CKL said...

Thanks H.O. your visits here are always appreciated.

Peggi Meyer Graminski said...

Hi Keith! I love this image - there is something quite mysterious about it. A beautiful shot...hope you are doing well =)

CKL said...

Hi Peggi! Nice to hear from you. I'm doing well, hope the same goes for you.
The English Lake District. This area of England has provided inspiration to generations of artists. The poet William Wordsworth, who was born and lived in the area described the Lake District as "the lovliest spot that man hath ever found". Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter also lived in the area. The Lake District also provided inspiration for Turner, Gainsborough and Constable, while Sir Walter Scott, Charlotte Bronte and John Keats all included the area in their travels.
Wordworths dream was to preserve the wild natural beauty of the area and the Lake District is today one of Englands Largest National Parks. The varied scenery, includes soft well wooded landscapes of Windermere and Coniston in the south, a more rugged central area which includes the fells of Borrowdale, Langdale, Helvellyn and Wasdale and to the north the smoother yet steep fells of Blencathra, Skiddaw and Grisedale Pike. The park covers almost 900 square miles and has 1800 miles of footpaths.
This photograph was taken at Derwent Water, described by John Keats as being "shut in by rich-toned mountains". The fell on the right of the photograph is Cat Bells and in the distance are the faint shapes of the Borrowdale Fells. The small island in the center of the photograph is St. Herberts Isle where pilgrims and monks once gathered to honour the saint. Wordsworth wrote a poem about the hermitage.

"...then wilt though reverence
This quiet spot, and, Stranger! not unmoved
Wilt thou behold this shapeless heap of stones,
The desolate ruins of St. Herberts cell..."

I'm glad you like this photo and I'll post some more as soon as I'm able to.