Winter, White Moss

After heavy overnight snow clearing skies and a temperature inversion had left opalescent layers of mists in the Rydal and Grasmere valley. From the top of White Moss the sun, even early in the morning, had an alpine intensity to it.

Winter snows in the Lake District often have a transcient nature and are pristine only briefly as weather patterns shift and temperatures fluctuate. Shortly after this photograph was made the morning sunshine had melted the snow filigree and the trees were dark branches once more against the shadowed slopes of Loughrigg.

Location and conditions

White Moss, Grasmere

early morning, clearing mists, snow

Technical notes

camera: Toyo 10×8 field camera

lens: 800mm Nikkor lens

exposure: 1/2sec. f45

film: Fuji Provia RDP 10×8