Recently, as I’ve been walking around the Lake District taking wintry photographs (even though theoretically it’s been Spring!) I’ve been reading more about the geology with a view to getting a better understanding not only of the character of the mountains but also of the ways in which in the centuries before tourism our ancestors extracted a living from this often unforgiving landscape.
Here then are three books on this theme, two of which are specific to the Lake District and the first about British mountains more generally.
I suppose those first three were not truly a miscellany as they all focused on a single theme, and here now are three more that could be thought of as related by the word, ‘portrait’. The first is a portrait of a mountain, Blencathra, or as it has long been popularly known, Saddleback. Next is a portrait of a person, the late great Alfred Wainwright and his mountain walking, whilst the third is a portrait of a region, the Lake District as a whole but with a particular twist, the Lake District in Winter.
And now my final three for today are a genuine miscellany. I’ll let the titles speak for themselves.
I hope you enjoy this selection, or at least some of them, and while I’m thinking of it you might also be interested in a little site I put together rather quickly last week showing some of the pictures I took of wintry Ullswater.