Lingmoor Fell is a hymn to heather as the name tells: heather, ling, calluna vulgaris. A hot and hazy day in mid-August brings out its sweet fragrance and palette of colours. The disposition of heather; that's my focus today. The different ericas are alive with pollinating insects, with dragonflies beside Lingmoor Tarn and where sun glistens water trickling off the fell. Approaching the high point of Lingmoor Fell, a serpentine wall runs like a fair-ground ride over the ridge and Brown How appears, its eastern flank resplendent with heather.
Brown How 469 metres. With the Langdale Pikes in the distance. This wall made of quarry stone marks a striking disposition of heather: grasses and sedges to the west, heather and scree east of the wall. Is grazing by sheep the reason?
Brown How and the wall over Lingmoor Fell, Lingmoor Tarn with bogbean and views of the Langdales Pikes in the haze
Crossing Blea Moss. Looking west toward Wrynose Fell, then a sequence of three images looking north toward the Langdale Pikes. A frog that sat on a rock and posed for photographs. And a pale flower of bog pimpernel, rather late in its season.
I came home with a haul of images, so there will be more of this lovely day on Lingmoor.
Jan Wiltshire is a writer and naturalist living in Cumbria. She take photographs.