Thursday, 16 May 2013

Loughrigg Fell Cave

Feeling somewhat frustrated this week. I've been excitedly waiting for the delayed start of spring with a list of locations to photograph. Finally it has arrived but to my dismay I have managed to catch a cold. Just a cold I hear you say. What a wimp! Well yes I would agree but this one seems to have affected my balance and I'm simply in no position to get behind the wheel of a car at the moment.

Loughrigg Fell Cave: Cumbria
Loughrigg Fell Cave: Cumbria

Never mind, I'm sure I'll be back on my feet next week and it's not as if I have a shortage of images to prepare back at base which leads me onto the subject of my post.

This was from a couple of years ago while visiting the English Lake District during the summer. This was a wet and overcast day on Loughrigg Fell near Rydal. In other words a typical summers day at the lakes! Big vista image opportunities were going to be limited in supply so I chose to explore the fell and in particular the area marked as 'Caves' on my OS Map.

I found two caves easily accessible from the footpath, and this is the larger of the two. Later research revealed these caves to be the result of slate quarrying that ceased in the early 20th Century.

This cave contains a large pool of water at it's entrance and I was immediately drawn to the colour and shapes on the cave wall and it's reflection in the water. Surprisingly the pool contains many ornamental goldfish. I can only assume that at some point someone released some goldfish into the pool and over the years these have successfully bred. Judging by the number of fish I could see they are obviously thriving in this environment.

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