where it all began

this shot is looking down wasdale with yewbarrow and great gable standing their ground at the far end. as a valley it seems to have a thing about size;  wast water is the deepest lake in england at some 258 feet, just out of shot is scafell pike which is england’s highest mountain at 3,209 feet and in the small community of wasdale head lies st olaf’s church which is the smallest church in england. the beams of st olafs are said to have come from a viking longship and at the head of the valley there are a number of ancient viking burial cairns which give an indication of just how long this valley has been settled for. more recent settlers to the valley came in the form of climbers as wasdale is seen as the home of british rock climbing with classic routes in abundance, such as those on napes needle and sphinx rock. the name itself – wasdale, like many other cumbrian names comes from the old norse, in this case vatnsdair meaning valley of the water.


About ptrivers

I'm Patrick here are some of my pictures. I love taking pictures of things, mainly of things rather than people, i think this is because i hate having my picture taken and don't want to put other people in the same position. Also i hate asking folk to pose for shots i think it can really play up to peoples vanity. Still thats not to say that i wont someday take pictures of people, i just don't fancy it right now. I lived in London for about six years, there's just so much happening at a really hectic pace, almost out of control, teetering on the edge of chaos and oblivion, i miss it everyday the people and the places. I now live in the lake district which is impossibly beautiful and an incredibly inspiring place to be. The pace of life is still and sleepy a far reach from my previous life, but interjected with moments of exhilaration and adrenaline, its an interesting combination. If you like my photos or want to ask me any questions or perhaps would even like to buy some prints then please get in contact.
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4 Responses to where it all began

  1. I was here back in January, absolutely beautiful, and so, so peaceful. Hope you are well. Helen

  2. lyn mcgivern says:

    I like this “image in context” approach – weaving together ancient and modern place and connection. Just enough information to whet the appetite. Keep them coming.

  3. jim says:

    Very impressed with both picture and commentary. Jim

  4. calmyourbeans says:

    Reblogged this on calmyourbeans.

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