Berries, fruits and heather – peace amongst the crowds of late summer

I haven’t written a blog for ages (again!) but I thought I would combine three or four recent shoots in this blog.

This time of year I am always relieved when September arrives and the traffic clears from the winding West Country lanes.

A couple of weeks ago I went up to the Moor above Horrabridge amidst showers and photographed rowan berries against the patchwork of fields and moor that makes that particular landscape.

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The rowan berries seem to signify a turn in the season away from summer and the slow descent into Autumn.


I walked to the old railway viaduct in Tavistock last week, on bank holiday and photographed the hazel nuts and berries in the sticky heat.

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This old railway path also leads to other urban in the small town. These lanes seem to crossover from urban to rural, often harbouring a wealth of animal and plant life.

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Yesterday I set my tent up near Pew Tor and walked around the area, I found a tiny bit of heather growing by the Grimstone and Sortridge Leat and some more rowan berries. Soon, the cooler evenings will take over, the trees will turn and the descent into the dark half of the year will begin.

I am not sure I am ready, but look forward to quieter times.




Leaves, berries, river, roots and photographing the start of the Autumn.

I realise it has been a while since I last wrote a blog and I have been out and about taking what the season has to offer in and around Dartmoor.

I visited Bere Ferres last week and got some nice shots of the hawthorn berries by the estuary:

I love time of year when the light shifts and so many plants are backlit and are turning wonderful colours 🙂
I wandered across to the field near to my flat on Sunday to take soem of the newly turning leaves in the Devon hedgerow.

I also captured a couple of small snails curled up on a bramble leaf :

On Sunday I also went to Magpie Bridge, near Horrabridge where the Walkham river runs through this lovely valley.
It was a dark cloudy day so I thought I would capture some moving water with the help of my tripod under the canopy of trees.

The chestnut leaves turning above caught my eye and I stopped quickly to take them.
I found a nice viewpoint by the Walkham river by an old beech that had a lovely root system. I kept the tripod at ground level and moved around the scene a bit before I framed a nice shot at f11 with an exposure time of four seconds.

I will also include the colour version of this shot below, although I think the texture in the subject matter lends itself to a black and white conversion.