It’s a simple request of a sat nav (aka GPS), please direct us from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time. Under normal conditions, this should not present a problem, but while in the Lake District in Cumbria, England, the “fastest” route was often charted along one-lane tracks (that’s a single lane shared by vehicles traveling in either direction) bordered on both sides by high hedges. Stuck behind slow-moving cars or struggling to pass oncoming traffic, these roads were often not nearly the fastest route.
So, should we have been surprised when Abby, our sat nav, sent us on a journey through the mountains instead of along flatter lands via a main road when we asked her to get us from Ravenglass, on England’s West Coast, to Coniston Water, a lake on the way to our home base of Lake Windermere? Pshaw! But perhaps Abby knows that, although we may whinge about the longer driving time, we really do prefer a more scenic route. And scenic we got. Austhwaite Brow (the name of the road) allowed us to see some truly beautiful land and sky that we otherwise would have missed.
Along one section of Austhwaite Brow, I noticed the craziest clouds. The formations didn’t resemble anything I’d seen before, spanning the sky in long, stacked, tube-shaped forms seemingly emanating from glowing wave forms and mist arising from behind a distant hill.
The above panorama shows the full sky (click on the image for a larger view). The other photos in this post show various sky sections along points of travel.