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Martindale is well worth a visit, it lies on the eastern shore of Ullswater and once there really does feel remote. Martindale is home to what is thought to be the last pure bred herds of Red Deer, they are mostly found at the Nab which stands at the head of the valley.
One person who lived and found inspiration there, was the poet Kathleen Raine (1908-2003).


The Wilderness


I came too late to the hills: they were swept bare.
Winters before I was born of song and story,
Of spell or speech with power of oracle or invocation,

The great ash long dead by a roofless house, its branches rotten,
The voice of the crows an inarticulate cry,
And from the wells and springs the holy water ebbed away.

A child I ran in the wind on a withered moor
Crying out after those great presences who were not there,
Long lost in the forgetfulness of the forgotten.

Only the archaic forms themselves could tell!
In sacred speech of hoodie on gray stone, or hawk in air,
Of Eden where the lonely rowan bends over the dark pool.

Yet I have glimpsed the bright mountain behind the mountain,
Knowledge under the leaves, tasted the bitter berries red,
Drunk water cold and clear from an inexhaustible hidden fountain.

Kathleen Raine

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Title:Martindale
Username:jdenman jdenman
Uploaded:15 Jan 2009 - 8:19 AM
Tags:Cumbria, General, Lake district, Landscape / travel, Martindale
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photophantom
15 Jan 2009 - 8:21 AM

great image with a poet!

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Roestvorming
15 Jan 2009 - 8:23 AM

nice photo, little to dark (on my screen)

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MandsH
MandsH  7 England
15 Jan 2009 - 8:26 AM

Beautiful image, I've never heard of this place, looks well worth a visit
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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 8:28 AM

Very good landscape.

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mikbee
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15 Jan 2009 - 8:32 AM

Good comp' here John.
Nice range of tones on the banks.
Good shot.
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BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 8:35 AM

What a fantastic shot and poem.
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fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 8:46 AM

Fine well composed landscape supplemented by an interesting write-up and a beautiful poem.

Albert

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CarolG
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15 Jan 2009 - 8:54 AM

A beautifully composed landscape image, looks glorious. Carol

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 9:00 AM

Listen to the silence. There are still places, and days, like that in the Lake District.
Moira

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15 Jan 2009 - 9:10 AM

Well captured

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15 Jan 2009 - 9:32 AM

Well Done John,
A very nice shot good tones and winter colours...
Very nice...

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videotec
videotec  5 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 9:37 AM

Great scene John,, The poem is really nice--Love it
Regards
Pete

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15 Jan 2009 - 9:45 AM

Beautiful image John, lovely write up too Wink
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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 10:19 AM

Peace, tranquility and silence, a great picture
Mavis

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barbarahirst
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15 Jan 2009 - 10:41 AM

Another cracker as always
Barbs

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 11:10 AM

another really good shot,
well taken.
peter

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lonely_oryx
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15 Jan 2009 - 11:31 AM

Another great landscape

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mark1309
mark1309  7 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 11:43 AM

Lovely shot, it really does look Baron there, but beautiful,
mark.

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15 Jan 2009 - 11:44 AM

superb composition - Jonathan

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Rende
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15 Jan 2009 - 11:53 AM

Beautiful composition with a great sense of depth.
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sitan1
sitan1  5454 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 12:00 PM

Great lead in line to the hills, very scenic picture.
Simon

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sparrowhawk
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15 Jan 2009 - 12:29 PM

superb love the perspective of the shot

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helenlinda
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15 Jan 2009 - 12:58 PM

Beautiful poem and landscape
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Ayelet_A
Ayelet_A  5 Israel3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 1:08 PM

Looks like an amazing place, certainly worth a visit. Beautifully captured John.

Ayelet

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Julesworks
15 Jan 2009 - 1:17 PM

Love the poem, the sky looks a bit threatening so it looks like you did well in getting this shot.
Jules

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konu
konu  631 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 - 1:18 PM

great composition, nice hilly area.

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 1:29 PM

Another great shot, good accompanying text too.
chris

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Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 2:38 PM

What a marvelous image and words John.
Bob

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15 Jan 2009 - 3:22 PM

Beautifully soft and peaceful.
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15 Jan 2009 - 3:24 PM

A good narrative John to go with a crackng pic.

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15 Jan 2009 - 3:27 PM

Excellent composition.
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15 Jan 2009 - 3:40 PM

Cracking comp and mood. Great shot.
Cheesey.

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15 Jan 2009 - 4:41 PM

Depth and scale, mood supplied by weather John. Ron.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 5:49 PM

A good landscape.

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15 Jan 2009 - 6:01 PM

Great capture, and write up

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15 Jan 2009 - 6:26 PM

Looks a lot brighter than on the thumb. Superbly composed image.

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peterhookwilde
15 Jan 2009 - 7:07 PM

nice shot like you use of the river as a lead

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bromley-smith
15 Jan 2009 - 8:04 PM

Great to have a bit of history with the shot, well done. Tony

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pluckyfilly
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15 Jan 2009 - 8:08 PM

nicely composed image

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15 Jan 2009 - 8:26 PM

Lovely colours and I really like where the little hut is placed.

David

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 9:04 PM

some nice colour in the FG.lesley

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dorset_mum
15 Jan 2009 - 9:32 PM

Good composition.

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STEVELIN
STEVELIN  6155 forum posts Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2009 - 9:48 PM

great composition.
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teocali
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16 Jan 2009 - 9:59 AM

Glorious capture and comp John - wonderful light and tones and I love the way the river leads the eye into the distance. The poem is superb and really conjures up images in the mind.
Sylvia

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Skye24Blue
17 Jan 2009 - 2:55 PM

Great tones in this amazing landscape.
Mac

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Hebe
Hebe  6 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 - 5:29 PM

You have captured such a vast and beautiful landscape with this shot.

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2009 - 6:56 PM

A truely beautiful place, I'd like to have a walk there!
Great poem, too.
Johanna

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kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2009 - 6:24 AM

she lived to a ripe old age too. It looks an interesting venue with plenty of opportunity, a good as it was photo.

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2009 - 6:32 PM

Great shot John; love the composition with stream and the tree, and a great misty realistic atmosphere
Tim

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19 Jan 2009 - 9:12 AM

I like this one good landscape

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