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Dartmoor

Somewhere between Okehampton and Tavistock I think. I have always found Dartmoor to be a bit bleak.

Dartmoor

Somewhere between Okehampton and Tavistock I think. I have always found Dartmoor to be a bit bleak.

comments (26)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Apr 2011, 02:01
She's given you a fine, solid-looking sky, Bill...I like it!
Bill Phillips: I liked the sky too Ray
It may seem bleak in your eyes Bill....but your lens likes it a lot....great sky to top it all off....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Dartmoor has never been one of my favourite places even though I was brought up in Devon
Let's hope it stays that way
Bill Phillips: Well you wouldn't want it littered with Starbucks and McDonalds. It is bad enough what they did to Jamaica Inn!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 27 Apr 2011, 07:00
That sounds like you don't enjoy bleak places Bill. It might feel bleak if one is cold alone and lost but with all the comforts of a car and maps I rather like it. Last year we stopped at the pub where they were snowed in for about a month in 1962. The Hound of the Baskervilles was written or based there.
Bill Phillips: Dartmoor has never really been somewhere I have liked. I prefer Exmoor.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Apr 2011, 07:08
Maybe bleak but you feel like you can see forever, Bill!
Bill Phillips: There are some fine views. If you like Gorse grin
Bleak but beautiful. Love the sky
Bill Phillips: I like the sky but Dartmoor really doesn't do it for me
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Apr 2011, 07:24
It is a bleak place but when twiddled to this magnitude small miracles can occur
Bill Phillips: It is only twiddled a little. It was rather a dull morning
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Apr 2011, 07:51
Oh, I love the Dartmoor (seen in 2009 and 2010), and I could feel its special, a bit mysterious, even in summer some rough atmosphere, an almost magic loneliness and wideness- did you twiddle your picture? - I remember to have seen yellow patches of broom, a lot of sheep, horses, and the rocky tors..., the prison town Princetown at the horizon....
Bill Phillips: Not my favourite I confess Philine. I prefer Exmoor. The picture is slightly twiddled to compensate for it being rather a dull morning. The yellow is Gorse (Ulex europeas I think.) Broom is a closely related species as is Laburnum
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Apr 2011, 08:17
It may be a bit bleak but that sky is glorious Bill
Bill Phillips: Thank you Scarlet
This is a wonderful photograph Bill, it reminds me of The Hound Of The Baskervilles. Could you do one of your wonderful black and white conversions of this please?
Bill Phillips: This was going to be a b&w Stanley but when I did it I didn't like it! I'll have another go!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Apr 2011, 08:27
Yes, gorse and heather and grass, and the droppings of the Dartmoor ponies!

Dartmoor! thou wert to me, in childhood's hour,
A wild and wondrous region. Day by day
Arose upon my youthful eye they belt
Of hills mysterious, shadowy, clasping all
The green and cheerful landscape sweetly spread
Around my home; and with a stern delight
I gazed upon thee. How often on the speech
Of the half-savage peasant have I hung,
To hear of rock-crowned heights on which the cloud
For ever rests; and wilds stupendous swept
By mightiest storms; of glen, and gorge, and cliff,
Terrific, beetling o'er the stone-strewed vale;
And giant masses, by the midnight flash
Struck from the mountain's hissing brow, and hurled
Into the foaming torrent; and of forms
That rose amid the desert, rudely shaped
By Superstition's hands when time was young;
...
I thought on thy wild world, - to me a world, -
Mysterious Dartmoor, dimly seen, and prized
For being distant and untrod... (N.T.Carrington)
Bill Phillips: a fine piece of verse. The ponies have great appeal...but not their droppings grin
What a wonderful feel to this shot. I would love to walk here.
Bill Phillips: Parts of Dartmoor can be very dangerous and the weather can change very suddenly
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Apr 2011, 10:03
So you processed this one in Tiff's shed?

I would just like to hike the 'moors with a strong wind blowing, etc.
Bill Phillips: He had a sell off of surplus skies so i bought a job lot. The moor can be dangerous, the weather can change quite quickly and there are some treacherous parts.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Apr 2011, 10:19
Like Chad - we had a wonderful lunch in a rustic, old- fashioned pub ( I can very recommend) next to the old Clapper Bridge/Postbridge: I ate Shepherd's pie and Bread Butter cake! Yes, Jamaica Inn is told to be too touristic, sadly!
Bill Phillips: I went there many years ago with my parents and it was like stepping into the pages of the book. Some years later I took Angela and the girls when they were children and could not believe what they had done to the place. There was a pay and display car park! They had ruined the place. I will never go again
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 27 Apr 2011, 10:41
I like the ckoud party a lot
Bill Phillips: I like the sky here
I don't know Dartmoor apart from one very short coach ride through part of it many years ago, but I do like your photo Bill, it gives a feeling of the bleakness it is famous for.
Bill Phillips: It does do bleak very well but, to be fair there are some very pretty parts too
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 27 Apr 2011, 12:04
Superb landscape her Bill. Open spaces to enjoy nature.
Bill Phillips: Thank you. It is a national park...one of the first in the UK I think and famous, of course for the hound of the Baskervilles!
wow, that's moody, well captured.
Bill Phillips: Cheers Rob.
Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles comes to mind, creepy lol smile Great sky smile
Bill Phillips: Indeed it does Linda.
I guess I've read too many Moor based novels, Bill, but this image makes me wonder how many poor souls have perished while roaming this desolate landscape.
Bill Phillips: Quite a few over the years Beverly and a number of youngsters have come to grief on the ten tors challenge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Tors
Bleak it may be, Bill, but still wild and thought-provoking...great sheep's eye view here!
Bill Phillips: It is wild and in its way very beautiful
That sky makes it almost claustrophobic, Bill, in spite of the space!
Bill Phillips: It can feel very threatening Tom. I would not wander around on Dartmoor unless I was properly kitted out and with somebody who knew what they were doing
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Apr 2011, 17:46
It's not somewhere I'm very familiar - far too many grockles head that way for my liking! In fine weatehr such as here I'm sure it can be appealing in some way. I do recall havinga rather pleasant cream tea in Widecombe-in-the-Moor in the 1960s.
Bill Phillips: In true Devonian fashion they don't like the grockles but are happy enough to take their money.
In my childhood we lived in a house on the Exeter by-pass in the days before the M5. It used to be nose to tail with stationary traffic in the summer.
You've managed to make it look very inviting here, Bill.
  • Arash
  • Dubai
  • 28 Apr 2011, 17:09
Love the horizon here, all those clouds reach the ground!
nice job Bill!
Not as bleak as Bodmin Moor in the mist, Bill. My one word for Dartmoor would be 'wild'. Lovely shot
Bill Phillips: Yes Bodmin can be pretty bleak. I confess to liking Exmoor far better

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