Birches at Rydal

I have an ongoing fascination with the short section of the River Rothay near Rydal in the English Lake District, and spend quite a lot of time wandering through the surrounding trees and woodlands. These birches seem to step into the background during summer, when their weeping branches are an obscuring veil, but in winter their bright bark is set off against the russet leaves of beech saplings.

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Rydal Water at Sunrise

I've managed to drag myself out of bed at dawn quite a few times over the past few months--it's not so easy in the summer--and it nearly always feels like it was worth it. Rydal Water is one of the busiest out-of-town places in the Lake District on a sunny summer day, but at this time in the morning it is usually deserted. There are more Lake District images on my Lake District portfolio page.

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Rydal Water at sunrise on a late summer morning. Click the image for a better view.