The morning was sunny and bright, with pockets of frost in shadow. Should have been a good day for photography but it was challenging. On a winter's day it's no use hoping for images looking north along Scout Scar escarpment much before mid-day because the sun is too low and cliff and wood are deep in shadow, as they were when I arrived bright and early. A clear blue sky but the fells seemed hazy. Gradually, cloud bubbled up and the sky became more interesting. But gathering cloud threw blocks of shadow over the fells. Sometimes, cloud defines a fell and that's dramatic. But with vistas there's a lot of ground to be besmirched with cloud.
Clarity to the west. Not much snow on the fells but sunlight and shadow defined their architecture, and from Scout Scar I could track routes I've walked. How solid and precise they look! Nothing like the mirage mountains of my snowscapes last Saturday.