Early Spring in Tavistock, Devon


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.



Blossom, ancient cloisters and slate angels in Tavistock Devon

I decided to walk out my forthcoming Tavistock Photography walk this morning in the cold temperatures. The light was challenging shall we say but I did manage to get a few shot of interest.

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I walked from the Weir to St Johns well, an ancient well tucked away in a corner of the meadows, the main park in Tavistock.

I also found the first Spring leaves, wild garlic and a Hawthorn coming into bud. So lovely to see the green again.

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I converted this image of St Johns well into black and white and it seemed to work. I walked over the bridge that crossed the Tavy and walked into the main bit of the park where I found a cherry tree flowering in the cold and ducks and pigeons vying for food!

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I decided to walk back up the Plymouth road towards St Eustatice church, the large C of E church in the centre of town, it has the remains of the 13th century abbey in its churchyard and some great, unusual headstones.

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Having taken the headstones I was ready for my lunch and surprisingly managed to get some decent shots !