Walking The Ridgeway

Walking The Ridgeway National Trail in South West England in May/June this year, I had expected to have plenty of opportunities for some photography. The walking route from Wiltshire through Oxfordshire to Buckinghamshire is quoted as being Britain’s oldest road. It winds across some of England’s most picturesque countryside taking in the Chiltern hills and the chalk ridge of the Berskhire Downs.

Unfortunately, Spring was not kind and most of the walk was spend huddled under hoods trying to escape the driving rain (and on one occasion, hailstones). Not ideal for photography. However, on the odd occasion when the weather settled and the sun appeared, there was a lovely soft light which was great for capturing some black and white landscapes.

Crater Lake

USA2014_J039150503This was one of the great surprises for me from my 2014 road trip along the USA West Coast. I hadn’t heard of Crater Lake National Park until I began planning my trip and was looking for somewhere to head after visiting Portland; however, on reading about this perfectly blue, perfectly still lake nestled in the caldera of a volcano, it sounded well worth a visit, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

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The national park itself was a wonderful escape, staying in a cabin in the heart of the park, surrounded by wild deer and pine forest. The hike up to the lake was through some beautiful scenery, looking out across Klamath County and the Oregon countryside.

As Crater Lake is revealed at the end of the climb, the view is truly breathtaking as you first take in the scale of the lake, the intense colours in the water, and the perfect mirror reflection.

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For a photographer, the landscape was a dream, but trying to capture the deep colours and the scale of the scene was a real challenge, particularly with my modest kit. I spent several hours around the lake swapping wide-angle lens to catch the panorama of the lake with my telephoto to zoom in on Wizard Island and the Phantom Ship island, floating out in the lake. I certainly learned a lot about framing shots and colour that day. A beautiful part of the USA West Coast, and an ideal spot for any photographer. You can see my photographs in the Crater Lake Photo Gallery.