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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday was the first time in a long while that I have managed to do a shoot involving more than one location, the winter sunshine tempted me out with my camera bag and tripod. It was very windy but I was weighed down by my photographic equipment. I drove to the village of Sheepstor on the south west slopes of Dartmoor I had originally planned just to explore the church more and the holy well but there was no parking in the village so I drove up to the massive tor itself and decided to walk up to it and get some images.
The huge tor shielded me from the excesses of the wind, as I headed back to the car. I managed to park at the side of the narrow lane and jumped out to photograph the beautiful well and church in the village.
I then drove back past where I knew there was a lovely waterfall that the river Meavy makes when it tumbles down a steep slope in the Burrator reservoir woods. So I headed into the woods with my tripod and back pack.
This waterfall is always difficult to capture but I scrambled over the mossy rocks dutifully. As always the best shots were the unexpected ones I captured of the tors or rocks in the woods on the way back.
When I got home and looked at the images I was pleased to see that I has indeed got a few that were usable !
This blog installment is to share the images I have taken over the weekend… On Saturday dodging the showers, I walked across to my local haven, a field, five minutes walk away from my flat. En route I saw a marvellous rainbow and managed to capture it… I walked to the field and the hedge was being lit up by the Autumn sun and I caught some close up shots of leaves, including oak and bramble.
On Saturday me and my partner went up to the edge of Dartmoor to Pork Hill car park to take advantage of the amazing skies yesterday
Today I went to Shaugh Prior (in the rain) and took some pictures of the river Plym and also a self portrait:)
I managed to get a few nice shots of the river at an angle with the roots of a beech in the foreground and a view out to the River Walkham. In terms of techinical data, I used 100-200 ISO and a smallish aperture (f22).
I also wrote a quick poem to go with images:
I love the quiet whispering of trees
And the winding of rivers
When you feel sorrow
Breathe a breath with the trees
And exhale with the rivers
And feel the peace they can bring
There is compassion in their branches
And quiet laughter in their leaves
It’s nice to be inspired by wonderfully wild places such as these:)