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By jdenman  
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

Tags: Lake district Cumbria General Landscape and travel Martindale

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photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
15 Jan 2009 8:21AM
great image with a poet!

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15 Jan 2009 8:23AM
nice photo, little to dark (on my screen)
MandsH 11 England
15 Jan 2009 8:26AM
Beautiful image, I've never heard of this place, looks well worth a visit
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
15 Jan 2009 8:28AM
Very good landscape.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
15 Jan 2009 8:32AM
Good comp' here John.
Nice range of tones on the banks.
Good shot.
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 8:35AM
What a fantastic shot and poem.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
15 Jan 2009 8:46AM
Fine well composed landscape supplemented by an interesting write-up and a beautiful poem.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
15 Jan 2009 8:54AM
A beautifully composed landscape image, looks glorious. Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 9:00AM
Listen to the silence. There are still places, and days, like that in the Lake District.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
15 Jan 2009 9:10AM
Well captured

ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 9:32AM
Well Done John,
A very nice shot good tones and winter colours...
Very nice...

videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 9:37AM
Great scene John,, The poem is really nice--Love it
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
15 Jan 2009 9:45AM
Beautiful image John, lovely write up too Wink
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 10:19AM
Peace, tranquility and silence, a great picture
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 10:41AM
Another cracker as always
15 Jan 2009 11:10AM
another really good shot,
well taken.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
15 Jan 2009 11:31AM
Another great landscape
mark1309 11 13 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 11:43AM
Lovely shot, it really does look Baron there, but beautiful,
jonathanbp 9 99 Thailand
15 Jan 2009 11:44AM
superb composition - Jonathan
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
15 Jan 2009 11:53AM
Beautiful composition with a great sense of depth.
sitan1 Plus
9 1.2k United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 12:00PM
Great lead in line to the hills, very scenic picture.
15 Jan 2009 12:29PM
superb love the perspective of the shot
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 12:58PM
Beautiful poem and landscape
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
15 Jan 2009 1:08PM
Looks like an amazing place, certainly worth a visit. Beautifully captured John.

15 Jan 2009 1:17PM
Love the poem, the sky looks a bit threatening so it looks like you did well in getting this shot.
konu 9 31 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 1:18PM
great composition, nice hilly area.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
15 Jan 2009 1:29PM
Another great shot, good accompanying text too.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
15 Jan 2009 2:38PM
What a marvelous image and words John.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
15 Jan 2009 3:22PM
Beautifully soft and peaceful.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
15 Jan 2009 3:24PM
A good narrative John to go with a crackng pic.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 3:27PM
Excellent composition.
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 3:40PM
Cracking comp and mood. Great shot.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
15 Jan 2009 4:41PM
Depth and scale, mood supplied by weather John. Ron.
Ray42 10 3 England
15 Jan 2009 5:49PM
A good landscape.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
15 Jan 2009 6:01PM
Great capture, and write up

Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 6:26PM
Looks a lot brighter than on the thumb. Superbly composed image.
15 Jan 2009 7:07PM
nice shot like you use of the river as a lead
15 Jan 2009 8:04PM
Great to have a bit of history with the shot, well done. Tony
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 8:08PM
nicely composed image
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2009 8:26PM
Lovely colours and I really like where the little hut is placed.

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
15 Jan 2009 9:04PM
some nice colour in the FG.lesley
15 Jan 2009 9:32PM
Good composition.
STEVELIN 10 161 3 Ireland
15 Jan 2009 9:48PM
great composition.
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
16 Jan 2009 9:59AM
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.
17 Jan 2009 2:55PM
Great tones in this amazing landscape.
Hebe 10 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 5:29PM
You have captured such a vast and beautiful landscape with this shot.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2009 6:56PM
A truely beautiful place, I'd like to have a walk there!
Great poem, too.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
18 Jan 2009 6:24AM
she lived to a ripe old age too. It looks an interesting venue with plenty of opportunity, a good as it was photo.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2009 6:32PM
Great shot John; love the composition with stream and the tree, and a great misty realistic atmosphere
19 Jan 2009 9:12AM
I like this one good landscape

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