The forecast the next day was for mist – pretty much all over the country. We hoped for a cloud inversion so set the alarm for 5, as we intended to climb Cat Bells, to look out over Derwentwater. However, when we arrived at the lake, the mist wasn’t over it. We had to decide whether to stay, and see what happened, or go somewhere else. As we had got up so early, we had time to drive over to Buttermere, where at least I knew of a nice composition I had shot over the Christmas holidays. As we arrived near the village, we were greeted by a cloud inversion that was quickly lifting. We arrived at the lonely tree, to find it starkly standing in front of thick mist. After a while, we could make out the silhouettes of the mountains that tower over the lake, and then the fierce sun started to show through the mist. It truly was lovely – perfect conditions, and we had a wonderful time taking in all the gorgeous scenery and enjoying the fresh promise of the day to come.