This was a bitterly cold day even though as you can see from the shot the sun was shining. A thin layer of ice was still coating Buttermere when I arrived early one February morning.
There are a few trees around the northern end of Buttermere and this one was silhouetted perfectly against the clear blue sky. I wanted to still get more detail in the foreground of the image so I used a 0.6 ND grad to allow me to capture this detail. I like the composition of this photograph and the way there is some mystery around Fleetwith Pike in the distance.
The weather has now sadly damaged this famous tree and many of the branches have broken off but it still remains one of the most iconic places to photograph in the English Lake District.
Canon EOS 5D, canon L series 24–105mm lens, 1/100 sec @ f16, ISO200, 0.6 ND Grad