Tavistock in Spring yesterday

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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.

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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.

 

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Falcons owls, the Tamar Valley and eagle owls

I decided to take my camera along to my Falconry lesson on Wednesday, (http://www.westcountryfalconry.com/index.htm)

a good idea as it turned out as I managed to get some lovely shots of the birds and the landscape on the walk we took.

The falcons the handler had were two Harrier Hawks one youngster and one aged, 26!

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We set off walking and I go some quick shots of the lovely Tamar Valley on the way. It was a nice day so an ISO of 200 was used for the landscape shots, in the open. I increased the ISO to 400 for some of the woodland shots later in the walk.

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I was handed the gauntlet , as it were and the hawk flew down to get the piece of meat I held in my hand.

The bird seemed light and I enjoyed seeing such a lovely animal so close up.

 

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We walked through the new Tamar trails and came across some interesting mine working including this bridge. (Above)

I enjoyed photographing the birds in the trees, it was lovely to see them flying loose around and about.

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At the end of  the session  another of the group kindly took a shot of me with this European Eagle Owl much to my delight!

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Tors, trees, and windswept photographers.

I was determined to get out with my camera on the brief blustery sunny day here in Devon yesterday and decided to go for Pew Tor a great location with lots of windswept trees to capture.
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The light at this time of the year can be great and the turned bracken and mid distance made a wonderful combination.

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The colour shots of the trees also convert well into black and white and the moody subject matter works well.
I climbed to the top of the tor and got a couple of shots looking down and across to Cornwall.
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I also caught this pennywort growing on sheer rock, proving that even a tiny life form can survive out on the Moor.
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