Hawthorns of Dartmoor Devon UK


Dartmoor – the many aspects

In in this collection, clockwise, river Plym at Shaugh prior Postbridge clapper bridge, Wistmans wood , Sheepstor village.image

Spring waterfalls, woodlands and rain…..Devon in May.

Spring has come late to Devon it seems, the bluebells have yet to spread the woods with their blue carpets, although yesterday I saw some unfurl in the woodlands near Meavy.

Last week in a rare moment of warm weather I made the hike up the hill from the village of Peter Tavy to Peter Tavy Coombe, a wooded area of hazels and blackthorns which is home to a fabulous waterfall and stream.

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I was suprised how many of the thorn bushes are actually blackthorns (above) I presumed they were hawthorns. The hawthorns are in leaf here but not in flower yet. The path to the Coombe (above again), looked lovely with it’s unfurling undergrowth and scents of Spring.

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I walked up to the waterfall which looked lovely in the sun and set up the tripod to get some slower shutter speeds. I love this place, it reminds me somehow of the western woodlands of Ireland, it has that feel of wildness to it. I got a few nice shots that day …..

Last weekend my colleague and I ran a group workshop http://www.devonphotographyworkshops.co.uk/Devon_Photography_Workshops/Welcome.html

at Burator reservoir, despite the rain we donned our waterproofs and explored the misty Dartmoor woodlands.

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The rain ceased and left a mist that made for some nice shots of the Spring foliage (see above).

This piece of woodland was carpeted with bluebell leaves so I plan to go back in a few days and capture them.

Finally I paid a quick visit to a lovely spot near Meavy, where the Meavy Brook has stepping stones over it in a pretty clearing. I managed to capture the lovely green of the beech leaves as they unfurled in a nearby woodland.

I love this time of year.


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Sunsets, woods and a cool Spring.

I am combining several blogs in one here as I have not written one for a while.

Last week  I went up to Cox Tor on the western edge of Dartmoor to capture the sunset, it was freezing and I admit I got these shots from the car !

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Luckily, it was worth it as I watched the sun go down over the distant Bodmin Moor.

I was up at Cox Tor this Monday for  another freezing shoot, a lesson this time me and my student climbed the summit of Cox Tor in the biting wind. The light was overcast and not promising, but we managed to get some passable shot of interesting hawthorn trees.


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The best find for me was this wonderful moorland oak unusual to find one out on the open moor like this.




The third and final shoot for this blog was this morning’s teaching session at Grenofen woods, always a favourite spot for me and full of interesting material for photography.

My student and I found a wonderful natural cave and which may well have been part of the mine workings.



Another good find was a log covered in moss and lichen, sometimes the simplest things make good subject matter.


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