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Bassenthwaite Lake 1973

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In the summer of 1973, Rudolf Staveness and I went on a roundtrip of Scotland, Wales and England in my 1954 MG TF. We were studying English at the University of Bergen in 1973/4.

Resting near Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District I saw something that made me both excited and intrigued at the same time. Something was swimming out on the lake. It ducked underneath the surface and reappeared some distance away. What astonished me at the time was the speed of that animal under water.

I have never been able to find out what it was and have been met with some ridicule, suggesting that I must be referring to the Loch Ness Monster, only a few hours away.

The camera used was my Yashica Electro X and 135 mm lens. The film was Ilford's FP4, 125 ASA.

I have not touched up the copies in any way so there is both dust and other marks, but the animal itself has not been affected by these common blemishes of amateur photograhpy.

The pictures were taken near the north end of the lake, where the road comes in from the coast. We were heading for Wordsworth's cottage in Grasmere.