Mists are my Holy Grail so of course I was out early on Thursday morning rubbing my hands in anticipation.
There was frost on the car windscreen, and a few wisps of mist driving along the Military Road, but as I climbed up to Hotbank Crag and the vista opened out below me I realised that mist wasn't going to be a feature of this particular morning.
Obviously, the delivery of mist to Hadrian's Wall, had gone astray.
Lots of colour in the early sky, I'd had a very early start, I'd dropped TT off at work for 4.30 so I had plenty of time to stop and stare on my way uphill, and to get my breath back it was one of those mornings when I puffed and panted every step of the way.
And it was perishing cold up on the Hadrian's Wall Path, a reminder that Autumn has started and I was glad to have my hat and gloves, also glad no-one was around the see me in my hat!
So here are the photographs.
Waiting for the sun to rise on the Hadrian's Wall Path at Hotbank Crag
Follow the line of Hadrian's Wall as it heads down Hotbank Crag, passes Housesteads Crag and swings left to climb Sewingshields Crag
Early morning light turns the water of Broomlee Lough into liquid gold
Just minutes later and the colours have changed as more light fills the sky, how quickly things change.
The sun breaks through the low cloud and just catches the stones of Hadrian's Wall
On the way down and one last glance back across Rapishaw Gap to Housesteads Crag
in the early morning light.
This morning the grey clouds are back, I was hoping for better from September, still it's early days and no matter what the weather there's always something to see on the Hadrian's Wall Path. Yesterday morning I was entertained by flocks of Pippits dancing along the Wall stones.
As I passed Cawfields Quarry I saw the missing mist delivery but hadn't time to go and check it out.
Have a good weekend.
as always the photographs are copyright of Joan Thirlaway and can't be used without written permission