A 4 frame (vertical) HDR panorama taken just about an hour after Anna’s shot which showed the wonderful mist which was prevalent when we arrived early morning. I show Anna’s shot below for a perspective of that special morning. I waited for the mist to lift for this shot but it was still lingering enough to partially obscure the Langdales in the distance.


Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM Lens @ 24mm. ISO 100, f22, EV’s at -2, 0, +2
Tripod and Nodal Ninja NN3 MK II Panoramic VR Tripod Head Kit

Tonemapped in Photomatix 4.01, stitched in Autopano Pro and finished in CS4

Image size: 25ins x 8ins (Originally a 94MB TIFF file)

137 views and 8 favourites at 29th November 2010

The Tarn Hows area originally contained three much smaller tarns, Low Tarn, Middle Tarn and High Tarn. Wordsworth’s Guide Through the District of the Lakes (1835 edition) recommends walkers to come this way but passes the tarns without mention.
Until 1862 much of the Tarn Hows area was part of the open common grazing of Hawkshead parish. The remaining enclosed land and many of the local farms and quarries were owned by the Marshall family of Monk Coniston Hall (known as Waterhead House at the time). James Garth Marshall (1802–1873) who was the Member of Parliament for Leeds (1847–1852) and third son of the industrialist John Marshall, gained full possession of all of the land after an Enclosure Act of 1862 and embarked on a series of landscape improvements in the area including expanding the spruce, larch and pine plantations around the tarns; demolition of the Water Head Inn at Coniston; and the construction of a dam at Low Tarn that created the larger tarn that is there today.
By 1899 Tarn Hows was already an important beauty spot. H.S. Cowper mentions “Tarn Hows, beloved by skaters in winter and picnic parties in summer. Here comes every day at least one charabanc load of sightseers from Ambleside or Windermere”. A wooden boat house that was still standing in the 1950s at the south east corner of the tarn probably dated from this period. In 1913 G.D. Abraham said “Tarn Hows is set wildly among larches and heather slopes, more like a highland lake than the other waters in Lakeland… more suitable for pedestrians than motorists”.
In 1930 the Marshall family sold 4000 acres (16 km²) of their land to Beatrix Heelis of Sawrey (better known as Beatrix Potter) for £15000. She then sold the half of this land containing the tarn to the National Trust and bequeathed the other half to them in her will.
Tarn Hows was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1965.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Featured in the ‘Beautiful North of England’ Group 24th November 2010

Featured in the ‘Lakes and Inland Waterways’ Group 26th November 2010

Featured in ‘Art by Red Bubble Hosts’ Group 28th November 2010


Anna’s image is below:-

Morning Mist – Tarn Hows
by Anna Shaw



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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 3 years ago

    A beautiful capture dear Bob.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine – hope that you are feeling MUCH better now! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 3 years ago
    Just a wonderful peaceful scene Bob a brilliant capture
  • Thank you so much Malcolm – hope that you are well!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Geoff Carpenter
    Geoff Carpenterover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Bob!!!Love the crisp reflections :-)

  • Thank Geoff – it is a great location!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful, calm scene, Bob! Wonderful!

  • Thank you so much Pat, I appreciate your lovely comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 3 years ago

    Superb capture of Tarn Hows Bob

  • Thank you David, I always appreciate your welcome comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyover 3 years ago

    beautiful Bob.

  • Thank you so much Trevor.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    The famous Tarn Hows! Beautiful picture, Bob!

  • Thank you so much David, I appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • moodywalia
    moodywaliaover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Moody.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Bob

  • Thank you so much Paul, I appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

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