That awkward time between the excitement of winter with it's photogenic snow, ice & dramatic sky and spring's colour & vibrancy is perhaps not at the top of many photographer's shoot list but the drab, grey clouds & muted landscapes have a unique charm.
After heavy snow the week before it looked like Cumbria was climbing out of winter in search of the warmer days of spring, via persistent rain & drizzle. Piles of dirty grey snow still lying by the roadsides and the remnants of icy drifts sheltering in the shadow of hedgerows and crags in the hills
An early evening stroll along Derwent Water at Keswick gave a tantalising glimpse of spring but only served to lull us into a false sense of optimism.
A scrambled descent across the scree of Warnscale & stroll back to the lake provided an opportunity to explore the detail in the valley from a different angle.
The next day saw a return to persistent rain and a trip (by car) to Ullswater, picking out remote details and views of the misty peaks beyond.
A return to Derwent Water and Keswick, still in the rain, only served to reinforce the fact that spring was stubbornly holding out for a little longer and the glimpse of colour earlier in the week was just a preview of things to come.