England under a cloud

Queen Mary's garden, Regent's Park

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.)

Queen Mary's garden, Regent's ParkIt 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…

garden flowers in November…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.

Camera club exhibition
Some of the exhibition with Lorraine, today’s curator, centre stage.

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.

Langholm Bridge in mistMrs 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.

Whita mist
Mrs Tootlepedal was down there somewhere

When we started, we could see under and over the mist…

Mist in Ewes valley…but by the time that we got to the monument, the valley below had been filled to the brim.

Esk Valley in mistAnd to the south, England was hidden under a white blanket.

Cloud from WhitaWe had a good look round and could see both the Tarras valley….

Tarras valley in mist…and the Ewes valley full of mist.

ewes valley in mistThe mist ebbed and flowed and sometimes trickled over the col between the two valleys.

Whita mistWe weren’t alone on the hill…

sheep…and we were pleased to put up a covey or two of grouse as we walked.

grouseIt 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…

mist on Whita…and by the time that we got near the road, it was all over us.

Mist on whitaMrs 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.

fog bow on whitaThey 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.

whita fungusWith a final look at the McDiarmid Memorial in the gathering gloom….

McDiarmid Memorial in mist…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.

Click on the picture for an enlarged view

In the midst of all the excitement, I managed to catch a goldfinch in flight.

flying goldfinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

36 thoughts on “England under a cloud

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Beautiful photos of the misty landscapes. The colourless rainbow looks very eerie. Gorgeous flowers cheer me up on the grey day here in London.

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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)!

    1. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

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