As mentioned in previous photos I have just returned from a two week holiday in Faliraki. Quite crazy.
When I got back I really did need the long weekend to recover, I didn't know if I was coming or going and have to admit my mind wasn't all there.
Quite something then I decided to go out with the camera.
With all the above in mind I wanted somewhere to go that didn't involve a huge trek to get a photo. I decided on Blake Mere then, a place you really can just get out the car and shoot from, not my usual style of location.
However, despite how easy it is to get to you really can't argue with the views your afforded. You can't get better anywhere else in the Peaks from the car. There's clear views to the Roaches, Ramshaw Rocks, Shutlingsloe, Flash, the Cheshire Plain all the way over to the Wreckin and even the Berwyns, not to mention half the White Peak behind you. Not only this, you rarely find any meres/tarns in the Peak District.
It is therefore rather surprising it's a place seldom visited. I have been before and on my first visit the whole cheshire plain was under fog and have visited since twice in the last couple of months. Due to its location it sort of acts as a wind tunnel and on the last two tries it was incredibly windy, so much so you could lean down the hill and not fall over.
This time though I had a little more luck, with mirror like reflections on the mere. The light was sublime and the sunset that followed was fantastic. Unfortunately I couldn't make a shot of the sunset itself because the composition just wouldn't work as much as I tried. Its a tough location and I would usually include so much grassy foreground but in the end I decided this composition worked best out of all I tried from up here down to the mere.
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