By Mark McConville
THE STUNNING beauty of some of the UK’s most serene holiday destinations have been captured in a series of picture-perfect lake reflections.
Incredible images show the mirror-like images with the spectacular landscape of the mountains and forests reflected in the water of the lakes.
Other astonishing pictures show a woodhouse island in the middle of a body of water, the calm before a storm and stunning sunsets.
The striking photographs were taken in the Lake District and Glencoe by photographer Phil Buckle (60) from Penrith, UK.
“There’s something about the beauty of a reflection that seems hard to beat,” he said.
“I’ve always got an eye on the weather forecast looking for low wind speeds and the icing on the cake is when there is some mist or fog expected.
“I love the big landscape and I’m always looking to capture this to the best of my ability. Tranquility, mood and calm; this is how beautiful the countryside on your doorstep can be.
“In many ways I love the isolation of being alone in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK with only the elements and nature as company.
“Every now and then one of those mornings come along where all the elements coincide to show nature at its best, to be able to capture this beauty makes me feel alive.”
The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells), and its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets and also with Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin.
The National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 2,362 square kilometres. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.
Phil, who took the images with a Canon 6D, explained how he captured these magical moments and the problems he runs into.
“As a landscape photographer one of my best pieces of kit is a tripod, as a lot of the images are long exposures it wouldn’t be possible without this,” he said.
“Another is patience. Not only do you have to be in the right place at the right time, you have to decide quickly what you want from the image and wait for the right light to appear.
“In the winter months I always carry an umbrella with me, this enables you to capture images still in snow or rain. A lot of the images were captured during bitterly cold conditions so it’s important to have plenty of layers with you along with warm drinks. And of course listening to that early morning alarm.
“I think some of the best reactions are from people who can no longer manage to see the beauty for themselves and thank you for bringing back memories.