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It’s not often that I get the opportunity to spend 1:1 time with my eldest Son, James. Having two small children requires equal attention to both, as well as a fair amount of patience.

James is now old enough to accompany me on Camping adventures so I leapt at the chance to join members of a charity I support L-CAT on their annual group trip to the Lake District.

We stayed at the fantastic Dalebottom Farm from which there are fantastic views of the fells around St Johns in the Vale. The site is also a great base for photography, being a few short miles from Keswick to the North and also beautifully placed along the main road to Ambleside.

I only stayed a couple of nights so chanced my arm and set out to capture Castlerigg Stone Circle by sunset.

I was surprised by how busy the ancient site was even towards 9pm. I chose to do some relatively long exposures of around 30 seconds to capture the hustle, bustle and movement around the site before using my long monopod for a unique perspective I am getting rather well practiced at.

As the sun set the light changed colour until the circle was put into shadow by Latrigg in the North West. Luckily for me this presented other opportunities by facing into the sunset and catching a sun-star behind Latrigg.

On our final morning, I visited the beautiful tarn at Watendlath. No anglers but plenty of fish rising and a flat calm perfect for reflecting the beauty of the site.

I’m back in the Lake District in December in a completely new area for me – Eskdale. I’m looking forward to my next visit already.

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