Moon above Great Gable
Great Gable is possibly the most distinct peak in the Lake District and a favourite of hill walkers. Its profile, like an upturned bucket, is prominent from all directions. It is well named, sturdy and well structured; its falls of scree, treacherous to climb do evoke the flying buttress of some great cathedral. Its formidable lower slopes and position at the valley head make it the guardian of Wasdale, challenging the resolve of all who are determined to climb it. The grey screes glow red in the final burst of sunlight as the valley, already plunged into the dusk, lowers into a cold, blue shadow. The mountain now straddles both day and night. The lit summit is incongruously crowned by a fine gibbous moon.