Tuesday, 06 January 2004
Pix Of The Day: Most Viewed Picture Of Two Years
CREDIT: © Andy Bannister/LakeDistrictDesktops.com
WHERE: Howtown, English Lake District. WHAT: aerial view of Ullswater and Hallin Fell.
MAP: Howtown, Cumbria, English Lake District. Thumbnail click pops-up larger image.
Ian Scott-Parker writes: I have to confess that the headline, while of itself accurate, is probably misleading. The picture is of Howtown, and Hallin Fell, on the eastern shore of Ullswater lake in the English Lake District. The image only appeared on Andy Bannister's LakeDistrictDesktops.com web site on 28th December 2003, but already it has become my own most frequently viewed picture of 2003-2004. That statistic may of course change over the next 359 days.
About fifteen years ago, I worked in the outdoor center at Howtown, seen as a cluster of buildings in the bottom left hand corner of the picture, one of the periods of upheaval in my life. In the afternoons or evenings, I would often walk from the center down to the lake steamer pier, then along the lake shore round the back of Hallin Fell. If time permitted or inclination motivated me, I would ascend the fell from the steeper far side, which is a little used route. The descent and return to base was down the easy grassy slopes to Martindale Church, which sits on the hause at the top of those wiggly road hairpins that can just be seen on the far left of the picture.
If you are possessed of a studio size monitor the picture is available at 1000x750 pixels. You may also like to view previously featured pictures of the area by Tony Sainsbury, and Andrew Leaney. Tony's picture shows the view across the lake from Hallin Fell; and Andrew's picture shows Hallin Fell on the left, with the viewpoint for today's feature picture on the left. Download your own free 1280x960 pixels copy of Andy's picture from his web site, suitable for use as desktop wallpaper.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)