Award winning Astro/landscape photography based in Cockermouth Cumbria.

Orion, Fleetwith Pike & that Tree


Beautiful Buttermere and that famous little tree late one winters night under a sky full of stars.

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Located in the North Western Lake District, Buttermere lies at the base of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks.  Down at the western end of the lake lies this famous little tree. Possibly the most photographed tree in the Lake District it’s a lovely place to spend some time especially on a cold winter’s night.  Here you can see the constellation of Orion, The Hunter, high above the Honister Valley and to the left of the Buttermere tree.  The mountains in the background are the stunning Fleetwith Pike, home to the Honister Valley and the last working slate mine in the country.  To the right of this lies Haystacks.  Haystacks was Alfred Wainwrights’ favourite hill and though its just short of being a mountain it’s a beautiful walk with stunning views all around.  Near the summit lies Innominate Tarn where Wainwrights ashes lie.  To the right of the shot you can also see High Stile which leads onto Red Pike and beyond.  A place that draws me back time and time again, I find it one of the most peaceful and calming places I’ve ever visited.  A must visit place if you’re in the Lake District.


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