Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place


Location:-  Brathay Bridge over the River Brathay near Ambleside, Cumbria

9th May

(C) David Oakes 2018


Moody Monday….A Tough Life Being a Roman Soldier


Hardknott Roman Fort, Cumbria

The top of Hardknott Pass in Cumbria is both a remote and for much of the year a very bleak place. So I guess not much fun for those Roman Soldiers billeted to outpost to maintain the Roman Empires hold over the Brits….. and very different from the Mediterranean climate they were so far from.

Remote as it was the Fort was large by Roman standards, so must have had seriously important security  issues for the Regiment to enforce. The Fort stands at some 280feet above sea level  and on a mountainous West to East Roman Road.

Monday or not…I guess there were a more than a few moody soldiers around.

9th April

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Winters Scene…..or two


I guess this could be a typical country scene across many parts of the UK today and over the coming week. This image is on one of the Victorian Greetings Cards in my collection.

In a recent (long put-off) sort out of files and the image archives, I also came across the image below….also a February shot.  Taken about 28 years ago on 35mm Fujichrome which I digitally scanned a few years later when we switched from film to digital imaging.  If I can dig out the traini I will try another scan on todays scanners which I am sure will produce better results….but meantime here we are

Skiddaw & Derwentwater, Cumbria

Skiddaw and Derwent Water, Cumbria 

27th February

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cees Which Way Photo Challenge

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Boardwalk to the Head of the Valley

A well placed boardwalk over the marsh lands that lead you to Borrowdale, Cumbria

Just another idea for Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

You can see what others have suggested on this link:-


Which Way

24th February

(C) David Oakes 2018

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Patterns

Shop Wall, Chapel Stile, Great Langdale, CumbriaPatterns in the Wall

Slate was used in the Cumbrian Lake District as the building material of choice.  Every wall is different…. each a uniquely different Pattern

My suggestion for this weeks Black& White Photo Challenge.

You can see what others have suggested on this link:-


9th February

(C) David Oakes 2018