There are a few weeks of the year, in the early stages of autumn, when the combination of soft light, pale sun and changing foliage creates quite magical landscapes here in South Lakeland.
This is particularly true of the small, quiet lanes on the southern outskirts of Kendal, home to the celebrated ‘basket of eggs’ landscape that marks the final stages of the glacial flows which carved out the Lake District.
The hedgerows are freshly cut; ‘topped’ as the farmers say in these parts. This provides a stark, raised surface for photography which – like the ancient stone walls – is perfect to lead the eye into the distance.
Colour is the key…or rather the muting of it…
The exuberance of summer has gone. The few remaining patches of it no longer form part of a coherent whole. But the ‘pale fade’ that it leaves behind is lovely, in itself, and with the correct camera placing, can be revealed in its own beauty.
©Stephen Tanham 2022
Stephen Tanham is a Director of the Silent Eye, a journey through the forest of personality to the dawn of Being.