There is a fair bit of irony in this photograph.
With all of the money I have spent on fancy cameras and lenses, this was shot on an old Olympus point-and-shoot back before I ever took photography seriously. This photograph is actually seven shots merged together. I took the photograph without any knowledge of how to stitch the photos together, and I only rediscovered them about a year ago when I was going through my photographs of England in 2007.
There are very few photographs that I can point to in my collection that shaped me as a photographer. One is The Man at Rocky Point, and the other is this one. This one triggered my utter fascination with landscape photography. How could it not?
This is a sweeping view of the Lake District in England, more specifically around Lake Ullswater. The bracken ferns, which look like small hedges, were taller than I was, and the sheep roamed freely under their canopy.
I long to go back, this time with proper gear, and capture all that the Lake District has to offer. Until then, I will always have this photograph and the memories it brings back. That is a large part of what photography is for me—a prompt for memories—and, what good memories this brings back!