Posts Tagged 'the lake district'

Pipe Dream #69: To Capture Sweeping Grandeur

I was really looking forward to visiting the Lake District this fall. It’s one of those places that you read about in Jane Austen novels and imagine to be beautifully lush and idyllic. And as with most things I’ve found here in England, it is.

It is always frustrating to try and capture the sweeping grandeur of a beautiful landscape. I used my widest lens, and still, I can’t seem to encapsulate how BIG a moment feels, and how clear and real everything looks. Looking at landscapes like this in real life makes me feel small and very alive.

Pictures that can’t capture how a moment feels to me are just rubbish. By the way, ‘rubbish’ is a terribly English word.

Even though these pictures only capture an inkling of the true Lake District experience, it is enough for now to remind me of what reality feels like and leave me craving a brighter one.

Psalm  8:3-4,


Favorite Shots: The Lake District

“But I don’t even know the way back to my own country,” pleaded Edmund.

“That’s easy,” answered the Queen. “Do you see that lamp?” She pointed with her wand and Edmund turned and saw the same lamp-post under which Lucy had met the Faun. “Straight on, beyond that, is the way to the World of Men. And now look the other way”- here she pointed in the opposite direction – “and tell me if you can see two little hills rising above the trees.”

“I think I can,” said Edmund.

“Well, my house is between those two hills. So next time you come you have only to find the lamp-post and look for those two hills and walk through the wood till you reach my house. But remember – you must bring the others with you. I might have to be very angry with you if you came alone.”

“I’ll do my best,” said Edmund.

-The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

I’m not promoting dragging people down with you into sin or listening to the directions of dubious characters, but this picture did remind me of the White Witch. I went to the Lake District. Somehow, reading C.S. Lewis books here is just that much more appropriate.


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