Stars over the Space themed lantern procession

Photographing the stars

Ulverston Lantern Festival 2017

 

I didn’t get time to see the procession in town as I was finishing off some studio photos but I had the bag ready to run up Hoad to be ready for the fireworks. It seemed like lots of other people had the same idea as that’s the most people I’ve ever seen up Hoad whilst photographing stars.

I managed to get the camera set up and a few minutes later the fireworks started. You could see over Ulverston town with the fireworks going over head with the sky full of stars. Maybe next year I’ll make it into town for the procession

 

A space themed lantern procession ending with a star-filled sky

Ulverston Lantern Procession

 

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Photos of Ulverston

Autumn On Belmont. Ulverston

I’ve wanted this photograph for a few years but this is the first time everything has lined up for me. The autumn colours were in full bloom, there were no cars parked in front of the sign and the sun was beaming through the leaves, creating patterns on the ground.

Under the trees, you can see Hoad monument standing proud on the hill as the sun fills the surrounding fields

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Walking The Dog In The Snow Covered Lanes. Hoad. Ulverston

The beast from the East brought some snow to Ulverston so I headed up to Birkrigg to get a view of Ulverston and Hoad and maybe across to the Lake District.

Once I got up there I had my eye on this path which I had scouted out a few months back, I knew it ended at the farm and was generally used by dog walkers so it was just a bit of a waiting game until one arrived. Fortunately, it didn’t take too long and a walker came just as the sun lit up the front of the hill

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It’s Windy At The Top. Sledging On Hoad, Ulverston

Looking over Ulverston Town from Birkrigg common at a snow-covered Hoad Hill. Scattered around the hill you could see groups of people sledging making the most of the fresh snow. A gust of wind picked up as I was taking the photos sending the snow everywhere at the top next to the monument.

You could faintly see the Lake District in the background when the clouds cleared in the background. In the foreground, you could see the path leading up to the right with the stone wall circling around on the left

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Sheep Making There Way Up To Hoad Monument. Ulverston Greeting Card

The fields around Ulverston were covered in snow after the beast from the East hit. I headed up to Hoad to get higher up to get more views. On the way down I looked back at the monument and noticed a group of sheep making there way over the fields to join the other sheep and shelter by the wall. I liked how the paths between the fields snaked there way down through the fields drawing your eye up to the top.

You can see a few people at the top near the monument making the most of the snow, taking in the views and posing for photographs. Hoad is the place to go when we have snow in Ulverston

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Shadows In The Surf

Watching the waves crash over the rocks on Aldingham beach I noticed these sticks from the old Groyne which remained on the beach. These posts were in the worst shaped but they stood out the most compared to all of the others.

 

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Patches Of Light Around Ulverston Town

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Sunset On Ulverston Canal Gates

Watching the sunset over Ulverston canal gates. The sunset colours added a bright layer of colour under the dark sky and coloured the reflections in the water.

 

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Birkrigg Stone Circle Before The Storm

Looking out over Birkrigg stone circle onto Bardsea and Morecambe bay before the rain storm rolled through

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Sheep Making There Way Up To Hoad Monument. Ulverston

The fields around Ulverston were covered in snow after the beast from the East hit. I headed up to Hoad to get higher up to get more views. On the way down I looked back at the monument and noticed a group of sheep making there way over the fields to join the other sheep and shelter by the wall. I liked how the paths between the fields snaked there way down through the fields drawing your eye up to the top.

You can see a few people at the top near the monument making the most of the snow, taking in the views and posing for photographs. Hoad is the place to go when we have snow in Ulverston

 

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It’s Windy At The Top. Sledging On Hoad, Ulverston

Looking over Ulverston Town from Birkrigg common at a snow-covered Hoad Hill. Scattered around the hill you could see groups of people sledging making the most of the fresh snow. A gust of wind picked up as I was taking the photos sending the snow everywhere at the top next to the monument.

You could faintly see the Lake District in the background when the clouds cleared in the background. In the foreground, you could see the path leading up to the right with the stone wall circling around on the left

 

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Walking The Dog In The Snow Covered Lanes. Hoad. Ulverston

The beast from the East brought some snow to Ulverston so I headed up to Birkrigg to get a view of Ulverston and Hoad and maybe across to the Lake District.

Once I got up there I had my eye on this path which I had scouted out a few months back, I knew it ended at the farm and was generally used by dog walkers so it was just a bit of a waiting game until one arrived. Fortunately, it didn’t take too long and a walker came just as the sun lit up the front of the hill

 

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Stand Out From The Crowd. Sheep, Ulverston

I turned around after photographing the trees near Hoad monument in Ulverston, she was stood up close staring at me. Figuring out what I was up to. It made me smile, I liked her attitude and how bold she was. They say not to be a sheep but she had the right attitude and didn’t blend in with the crowd.

After this they headed over to where the farmer was putting down all the feed so they disappeared off into the distance, I didn’t see them again until all of the clouds cleared

 

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Snow Covered Trees On Hoad Hill. Ulverston

These are on the walk up to Hoad Monument in Ulverston. I liked how they creating a triangle shape pointing down into the clouds above Ulverston. You can see the areas underneath the trees where the snow wasn’t able to reach creating a nice contrast with the bright snow.

We don’t often get good snow in Ulverston so this was more of an opportunist trip than a planned one. Fortunately, the low visibility due to the clouds helped make the photo as once it cleared the image didn’t work as well

 

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Shelter From The Snow Storm. Ulverston

The larch trees on the walk up to Hoad monument creating shelter from the storm. I liked how the dark tree stumps and shadows stood out against the bright snow. The farmer had just arrived with food for the sheep, you can see them all making there way over for there dinner.

The low visibility helped to make this photo more interesting as usually the view behind the trees leads up to the hills behind. The clouds made the photo a lot simpler and the addition of the sheep helped add some details to the minimalist background

 

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A Winter Walk Up To Hoad Monument. Ulverston

The path leading up through the snow-covered fields passed the trees which had already thawed out and then up to Hoad monument. A couple of hours before this you couldn’t even see Hoad due to the snowfall and low clouds.

Once the clouds had cleared you got this clear view up to Hoad with the larch trees leaning over on the left-hand side of the frame. This was the photo I had in mind when going up Hoad to see the snow, it didn’t work out on the way up but the view was there on the way down.

 

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Sledging Is A Spectator Sport. Hoad, Ulverston

I climbed up onto one of the hills close to the Hoad monument to try and get a view of both the monument and the town. Fortunately, the low cloud and snow had stopped and the view opened up. There was a lot of people out making the most of the snow sledging down the hills.

As I got to the top of this hill I noticed a lad walking over to avoid the rocks and for some fresh snow. He was going up an down this section of the field. A sheep walked up below where I was stood and started watching too

 

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Ulverston Canal At Sunset

Stood at the canal gates at in Ulverston, Cumbria. Watching the sun go down over the water. The gates were reflecting in the water creating a mirror image and there was an orange glow in the sky behind ofHoad monument.

At the end, you can just about the start of Ulverston town. The canal has been sealed so it is no longer in use but there is a lot of history associated with it. It is described as the straightest in the UK. About halfway down is a sliding bridge from when the water was in use, with the adjoining buildings that used to house all of the gears. Although they now mainly house graffiti, you can get an idea of how different it must have been a few years ago

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Miniature Snow Hoad In Ulverston

Miniature Snow Hoad In Ulverston – Ulverston Greeting Card

I was making my way down Hoad after photographing the snow falling when I spotted a couple of people sculpting away making a miniature version at the bottom of the hill. Saving the good people of Ulverston the walk up to the top

Not all heroes wear capes

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Hoad Monument At Night As The Snow Falls, Ulverston

This is a photograph I’ve wanted for a long time and eventually everything lined up with there being enough snow on the ground whilst the snow is still falling. Plus it all happened before midnight meaning that the lights were still turned on, on the side of Hoad.

I’m glad this all lined up at the time as they have since changed/made the lights worse at the top so this isn’t possible anymore. The backlighting of the old spotlights helped to backlight the snow as it fell adding some texture to the light spots as the snow fell whilst the light inside the top shone out into the night sky

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Autumn at Conishead priory, Ulverston Print

An Autumn day down at Conishead priory near Ulverston. I walked down to this old bridge as this is my favourite spot down there. I like how the stone wall opens up at the end drawing you into the narrower corridor in the middle.

All of the Autumn colours were out and the trees were full of leaves which filled the sky, some of the leaves had fallen adding some colour and texture onto the track. If you follow the track it will lead you to even more Autumn colours and eventually up to the Priory

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Early Morning Mist Over Ulverston

Watching the mist rise over Ulverston town from Birkrigg common. I was hoping for a few more clouds in the sky but on the morning it was just perfect blue. I decided to climb higher up onto Birkrigg so that I could then get a better view into town and to also get a better view of the Lake District which you can see behind Hoad Monument

It didn’t stay around for long as once the sun came up it soon got to warm and it disappeared

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The Sun Breaking Through Between The Rain – Ulverston Print

This is one of my favourite angles to see Ulverston from as you get views over the town, Hoad and out over the Bay. Making it different to almost anywhere else in town (except maybe the Flan)

It was a rainy and windy day when I was up there so I wasn’t expecting there to be much of a view but fortunately, the sun came out for a little bit lighting up the fields closest to me adding a little bit of colour. Ulverston was still in the dark as the clouds had surrounded it but you could still pick out the main parts such as Hoad as the white stood out

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Tracks And Stone Walls On Hoad Hill – Ulverston Print

I went up to Birkrigg common to try out my “wildlife photography” setup on some landscape photography. I decided to try it out on Hoad as it would get both the monument plus the Lake District fells in the background. It worked really well and it brought out an angle that I’ve not managed to get before.

You can see more details such as the stone wall circled around on the left-hand side with the tracks leading up on the right-hand side. It was quite a cloudy day but the sun was trying to make an appearance and it lit up small areas on the ground and it gave a bit of a glow to the monument

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The Climb. Hoad – Ulverston Print

A man making his way up to the top Hoad hill in Ulverston as the sun sets. I met him at the bottom of the hill and he said he was trying to beat his previous time, he was going pretty quickly so I bet he made it. He definitely beat me to the top at least anyway.

The sun was starting to set at the time so there was a bit of a glow in the sky, for some reason I turned back to see the view and noticed he was about to go past the tree so I grabbed my camera out and waited to get a silhouette photo of him against the skyline with the branches of the tree reaching into the sky

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Sledging On Hoad – Ulverston Print

We don’t get much snow in Ulverston so when we do get it, everyone makes the most of it. Hoad hill is the obvious choice of places to go in Ulverston as it’s one of the biggest hills we have. The morning after the snow arrived I went up Hoad, sledge in hand and joined in with the fun

On the way back down after I looked back up at the hill. The sheep were dotted around in the lower fields and the top was covered in the people sledging. The trees still had a light covering of snow too as it hadn’t warmed up too much yet

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Outnumbered On Hoad – Ulverston Print

I was making my way up Hoad hill towards the monument when I stopped to photograph the trees on the side of the track. I had everything set up and then these sheep walked into the frame, I chased them off twice and then they would just walk straight back into the frame so I changed plans and decided to include them in the photo instead

The sheep stood there staring at me whilst I took the photo. In the background, you can see the larch trees and the track leading up to the top of the hill

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Looking Down Over Ulverston Town From The Flan – Ulverston Print

The sun was out so I decided to climb up the Flan which is a small hill on the edge of Ulverston

The sun was lighting up the fields surrounding the hill where there are groups of windblown trees leaning in the direction of the wind. From the top, I had views into Ulverston with views over the town, Hoad and across to the bay.  There was a mixture of blue sky and large clouds. Casting shadows onto some areas of town adding a bit more texture to the foreground

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Hoad Monument At Night As The Snow Falls – Ulverston Print

This is a photograph I’ve wanted for a long time and eventually everything lined up with there being enough snow on the ground whilst the snow is still falling. Plus it all happened before midnight meaning that the lights were still turned on, on the side of Hoad monument.

I’m glad this all lined up at the time as they have since changed/made the lights worse at the top so this isn’t possible anymore. The backlighting of the old spotlights helped to backlight the snow as it fell adding some texture to the light spots as the snow fell whilst the light inside the top shone out into the night sky

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Hoad Monument From Birkrigg – Ulverston Print

I thought I’d photographed Hoad from every angle over the years until I found this spot. I had my camera set up for wildlife photography and had a big lens on to get closer. It helped to bring the trees closer to the monument. The sun was just starting to set which gave a nice glow to the sky behind the monument

Because the sun was setting the Lake District fells were turned to silhouettes. Behind the trees, you can see the stone wall circling its way up the hill leading towards a group of sheep on the side of the hill

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Bluebells In Sea Wood. Ulverston – Lake District Print

A track through the Bluebells in Sea Wood leading up to an old tree filling the sky with leaves. This is one of my 2 favourites places in sea wood. There’s something about the tracks that I like. They give a nice leading line drawing you through the photo taking you on a little walk with them.

The flowers here make a blanket of blue on the floor of the woods which contrast nicely with the green leaves that fill the sky

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