Christmas Morning at Ambleside on the bank of Lake Windermere

25 December 2012

Christmas Day!  I woke up early to shoot some early morning photos of Lake Windermere. A fine mist hangs over the calm lake and there was slight drizzle. I figured it is best to just shoot from the window instead of going out into the rain with my gear.

Waterhead Hotel at Ambleside, Lake District
Lake Windermere in the morning mist
Waterhead Hotel at Ambleside, Lake District
Ambleside Pier viewed from the bedroom at Waterhead Hotel

 

When we went down for breakfast, we were greeted by Santa offering us a a glass of Buck Fizz and Christmas gifts.

Waterhead Hotel at Ambleside, Lake District Waterhead Hotel at Ambleside, Lake District
Christmas stocking with our Christmas gifts from the hotel. One for each person. Going down the stairs to the breakfast area

 

Waterhead Hotel at Ambleside, Lake District
Jolly Santa welcoming us at the breakfast
 
Waterhead Hotel at Ambleside, Lake District
View of the lake while we had our breakfast. Still drizzling and we are supposed to go for a morning walk after breakfast!
 
Waterhead Hotel at Ambleside, Lake DistrictWaterhead Hotel at Ambleside, Lake District
Breakfast on Christmas morning at Waterhead Hotel

  

We have been blessed. The drizzle stopped after our breakfast. The hotel has organised a traditional Christmas morning walk for the guests to enjoy the stimulating and invigorating Lakeland air.  We somehow got the timing slightly wrong and hence missed the hotel-organised morning walk around Ambleside. They left without us. It turns out to be blessing in disguise as it leaves us with the opportunity to go for a walk on our own. We went to the nearby Borrans Park and that is where I can take my time to shoot some fantastic photographs of Lake Windermere.  Something that I would not be able to do if I am with the party from the hotel. The lighting conditions in the morning after the drizzle was perfect. Perfectly calm waters and misty lake.

Here are of the photos we shot.

Boats at Lake Windermere
Panorama of the boats on Lake Windermere on Christmas morning
 
View of Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, Ambleside, Lake District
Close-up of the boats
View of Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, Ambleside, Lake District
I just love the pictures of the boats on the still water. Especially this one with a dash of red in the hull to provide the accent
View of Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, Ambleside, Lake District
Still and calm condition to provide a mirror lake
 
View of Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, Ambleside, Lake District
 
View of mountains from Borrans Park, Ambleside, Lake District
View of mountains from Borrans Park, Ambleside, Lake District
View of Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, Ambleside, Lake District
Ducks in formation on serene Lake Windermere
View of Waterhead Hotel from Borrans Park, Ambleside, Lake District
View of Waterhead Hotel and the Ambleside pier
 
Borrans Park, Ambleside, Lake District
Father and son team on slippery lakeside rocks
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