Today’s guest picture is the last in the series of my sister Mary’s London park shots. (I am now out of guest pictures and would welcome contributions from kind readers.)
It was another still and misty day when I got up but there was no chance of an early pedal as I had to take the pictures that had been brought in to our camera club meeting last night up to the Information Hub to add them to our exhibition.
I took a moment to nip round the garden in a bit of sunshine to make a note of some of the unusual amount of November colour…
…before taking the pictures up to the High Street.
There were quite a few to hang but luckily, Sandy popped in after an early walk and gave me a hand so the task was soon completed. The Hub is not a large room but it has been neatly painted and has good lights so it was ideal for our small display.
Sandy walked home with me with a view to having a cup of coffee and as we crossed the suspension bridge, the combination of sunshine and mist suggested that a photographic outing might be worthwhile.
Mrs Tootlepedal was up for an outing too so after coffee, we drove up to the White Yett and, leaving Mrs Tootlepedal to explore the lower slopes with her binoculars, Sandy and I walked up the track towards the monument with our cameras.
The layers of mist were rather erratic and there a question as to whether the walk would prove to be a good idea but we soon emerged out of the mist and into a glorious day.
When we started, we could see under and over the mist…
…but by the time that we got to the monument, the valley below had been filled to the brim.
And to the south, England was hidden under a white blanket.
We had a good look round and could see both the Tarras valley….
…and the Ewes valley full of mist.
The mist ebbed and flowed and sometimes trickled over the col between the two valleys.
…and we were pleased to put up a covey or two of grouse as we walked.
It was pleasantly warm on the summit of Whita, especially for a November day but we thought we better go back down to find Mrs Tootlepedal. As we went down the hill, the mist gathered…
…and by the time that we got near the road, it was all over us.
Mrs Tootlepedal had alerted us to the possibility of a ‘mist bow’ or ‘fog bow’ and we could see one faintly when the mist thinned as we got to the road.
They are colourless rainbows caused by the sun hitting the very fine droplets in the mist. I have seen one before but it was still a pleasure to see this one. They are rather unearthly.
Mrs Tootlepedal was in cheerful mood having had a mixture of mist and sunshine for her walks along the road. She had spotted a good collection of fungus along the roadside so we went to look.
With a final look at the McDiarmid Memorial in the gathering gloom….
…we set off back down the hill to the town. It seemed grey and dreary down there after the brilliance of the views from the hill.
In fact that was the last we saw of any sunshine for the rest of the day. Although I did get out for a short bike ride after lunch, I didn’t go far as Dropscone, who had been to Dumfries, had rung up to warn me of thick fog on Callister and even when I stuck close to home, it soon got too gloomy for safety.
It had even got too chilly and dark for Mrs Tootlepedal to continue gardening.
I didn’t go to Carlisle for recorder playing in the evening as Susan was away on holiday and one of our other members was absent too. This was not a bad thing, as I had far too many pictures to look through after such a good walk.
One of my favourites was this panorama from the top of Whita taken with my phone showing the mist in the two valleys.
In the midst of all the excitement, I managed to catch a goldfinch in flight.
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Excellent photos! Great views of the low mist! 🙂
It was a treat to be up on the hill.
Season of mists, yes, very very nice photos.
That Keats knew a thing or two.
Good to see the McDiarmid Memorial again, very different from July.
But nearly as warm. Very funny weather at the moment.
A mist bow, very fascinating!
The shots above the mist are very beautiful and make me want to go climb a hill. The one of England almost looks like you were in a plane and the fog bow is amazing.
I’ve enjoyed your sister’s London park photos, and the flower photos are always welcome.
Sandy said that he felt it might give some impression of what the ice age would have looked like!
The mist photos are magical!
I agree. It was lovely to be able to see such scenes.
Lovely mist, with a fascinating the panorama. Also educational as have never heard of a fogbow before. We gets lots of fog where I live so I must watch for that.
You need to be right on the edge of some mist.
Beautiful photos of the misty landscapes. The colourless rainbow looks very eerie. Gorgeous flowers cheer me up on the grey day here in London.
I saw a much more striking fogbow when out cycling a year or so ago but I didn’t have a camera on that occasion so I was pleased to get photographic evidence this time even if it wasn’t a great picture.
What wonderful views, and the mist added to the splendour.
Amazing photos! I had never heard of a fogbow before either. The Hub looks like the sort of place I’d enjoy popping into on a regular basis. I hope the exhibition goes well.
They are hoping to have regular exhibitions to help pay for the running costs.
Wonderful pictures in the mist, most atmospheric.
Love the mist; I don’t think I’ve ever seen above and below a mist at once before. I’m fond of your sheep as well. And what a lovely collection of garden colors!
It was odd to leave the town in sunshine, pass through the mist and emerge back into sunshine.
Beautiful photos of the mist in the hollows. Such fabulous walks, a super way to get your exercise, enjoy nature and snap gorgeous shots. Lucky you (and Mrs. T and Sandy)!
It is always a pleasure when you think you might get some rewarding shots by climbing up a hill and when you do climb it, the shots are actually there. This doesn’t always happen by any means.
Spectacular landscapes! I’m so glad that Sandy and yourself decided to take advantage of the mist and go for that walk, I loved every single photo. I’ve seen a fog bow once, and it is an eerie sight to see, you captured it well.
It was rather elusive so I was pleased to have got a picture at all.
I can remember the occasion when you saw the fog bow last year and you posted a link about it. I am glad you managed to get a photo this time. The misty/foggy pictures and the gorgeous sunny ones are fascinating.
You have a much better memory than me. I didn’t remember posting the link at all.
Oh dear! Perhaps I imagined it!
No, you are quite right. I remembered it when you reminded me.
Oh that’s alright then! (It wouldn’t have been the first time I’d imagined I’d seen something).
Wow, the misty views are beautiful! It’s not something I see here very often. I had never heard of or seen a mist-bow. You’ve put together a gorgeous collection of flowers as well, Tom, and even more fungi. Excellent photos!
We made the most of the rare patch of good weather in the morning.
What extraordinary pictures of above and below the mist and the mist bow is something I’ve never seen before. Right now all we’re having is rain. I wish there was a big hill I could climb to get above it.
Have you thought of trying hang gliding?