It's unpredictable, some places it's impenetrable and everything can change in seconds.
I started out at Steel Rigg, I had some friends coming to spend the day with us so I couldn't go too far, I'm lucky that I can get up at 3.30am and be home again by 6am.
I was helped by the fact that there was no cloud so I knew it would quickly become too bright for my lens.
I was using the Nikon D7000 and I'm starting to really like this camera, it has it's quirks but it also has some really useful features.
Not much blurb just a set of photographs, in the order they were taken, starting at Steel Rigg with a quick stop at Cawfields Quarry on my way home.
Three lambs and the view south over Bardon Mill
For a change the sheep stayed within camera range. Some dawn colour in the sky.
Mists rising from Crag Lough and the marshy land below the crags
Sun rising over Hound Hill to the north of Hadrian's Wall, the cows started bellowing to great the day.
You can see how far over the sun rises at this time of the year
Sun's up and it's time for breakfast
Let there be light
This is what they mean when they talk about 'The Golden Hour' that lovely warm light you get within an hour of sunrise. Light catching the Hadrian's Wall Path as it crosses Steel Rigg.
Cawfields Quarry, taken as I headed home.
As always the photographs are copyright of Joan Thirlaway and cannot be used without written permission.