I had waited for this day for months, the sense of anticipation over the last couple of weeks had been a fantastic buildup, but I dreaded the dawn and a sense of anticlimax due to the poor weather. Having driven from London yesterday, through 6 hours of rain, I woke to find the weather forecast was holding true – it was grey and overcast in Kirkby Stephen, just as the forecasters had predicted.
Thankfully by the time I had been driven to St Bees there was not a cloud in the sky overhead, my spirits soared. The Isle of Man was visible on the horizon, across the Irish Sea, as I carefully dipped my toe in the water and selected the stone that was going to accompany me to Robin Hood’s Bay.
Somewhere on the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk…
Packing for the Coast to Coast walk.
Took a break from painting the flat and spent the bank holiday at home (my parents). It gave me a chance to play with my cameras, and to perfect normal panoramas (see below for a picture of the garden) and fisheye images.
Unfortunately the fisheye images have so far come to nothing – not only does it seem devilishly tricky to get the images lined up (even with a rotator) it takes even more effort to stitch them together. No luck again this time. I will give them one last go from the top of a fell in a couple of weeks time and see if they can be perfected with the wide open spaces of Cumbria and the North York Moors.
One of my favourite areas of RHS Garden Wisley was the Pinetum. I took this panorama one lunchtime during my last weeks I was working for the RHS.
Just before I left the RHS I had one last weekend duty… Sure I could have timed it better, but then I would not have had the opportunity of honing my panorama skills with this image of the inside of the new glasshouse.