Grange CragsThe third of my #2016top3 favourite images, a birch and bracken on Grange Crags, has in fact already been on the blof. It was from mid January and I like it so much because I remember how the scene was quite different when I first noticed it, but then developed exactly as I’d hoped.

I was actually on Grange Crags planning to take a wide angle view looking in exactly the opposite direction, across Derwentwater to Skiddaw. But while I was waiting I noticed a line of birches in the sun that contrasted against the trees in the shadow of Grange Fell. There was one birch that I could isolate – I like compositions involving negative space – but I just didn’t like how the entire foreground was in sunlight. Things only came together when the sun began to set and I noticed a shadow moving up the bracken. From then on it was a matter of waiting and hoping the shadow would continue in that direction, almost exactly parallel to the slope.

I liked the photo so much that I posted about it earlier in the year, but I never got round to posting the photograph I had actually intended to take that afternoon. So here it is, taken almost an hour after the picture of the birch.

Grange Crags

Sunset over Skiddaw and Derwentwater from Grange Crags