My favourite images from 2013

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07/01/2014 - 20:02



A look back at a handful of landscape photographs that I made in 2013 that really struck a chord whilst I was making them...




'The Aune Legacy'


Autumn leaves gild the moss festooned granite boulders and bedrock at the River Aune, in Dartmoor National Park. 









“We're each of us our own chiaroscuro,
our own bit of illusion
fighting to emerge into something solid,
something real."

(Libba Bray)

Chiaroscuro upon a small part of the rapids on the River Aune, between Shipley Bridge and Didsworthy Gorge – in Dartmoor National Park in Devon.









“Nature is man's teacher.
She unfolds her treasure to his search,
unseals his eye, illumes his mind,
and purifies his heart;
an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds
of her existence.”

(Alfred Billings Street)

Autumn leaves and ferns a beautiful but nameless brook in Dendles Wood, which runs down the steep slopes of Stalldown Barrow, finally joining the River Yealm gorge.








'The sweet restful silence of nature'



“Here and there a tawny brook prattled out from among the underwood and lost itself again in the ferns and brambles upon the further side. Save the dull piping of insects and the sough of the leaves, there was silence everywhere - the sweet restful silence of nature."
(from ‘The White Company’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Swift waters making their way through the fern festooned Upper Colly Brook, on an autumn afternoon.  It runs through a steep combe (hanging valley) on the western side of Dartmoor National Park below Smeardon Down. The brook eventually joins the River Tavy in the lower valley to the west.






'The Fleeting and the Infinite'


''For the perfect idler, for the passionate observer it becomes an immense source of enjoyment to establish his dwelling in the throng, in the ebb and flow, the bustle, the fleeting and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel at home anywhere; to see the world, to be at the very centre of the world, and yet to be unseen of the world, such are some of the minor pleasures of those independent, intense and impartial spirits, who do not lend themselves easily to linguistic definitions. The observer is a prince enjoying his incognito wherever he goes.''

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet


The vibrantly painted fishing boat ‘Dixie’, glowing in the soft & transient early morning light, upon the shingle beds of the ‘The Salty’ at Shaldon.

The Salty, with its plentiful collection of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis), lies very close to the rivermouth of the Teign.










"We lose a great deal when we lose the sense and feeling for the sun. When all has been said, the adventure of the sun is the great natural drama by which we live, and not to have joy in it and awe of it, not to share in it, is to close a dull door on nature's sustaining and poetic spirit."

(Henry Beston)


Golden hour transient light grazing the slopes below the summit of Sharpitor – side-lit by light grazing through an approaching storm front moving across the western edge of Dartmoor National Park.

Leather Tor lies immediately beyond to the left. Peek Hill is to the right

Burrator Reservoir is in the valley below, with Yellowmead Down, Sheeps Tor, Ringmore Down, Lynch Common, Wigford Down

The Jennycliff end of Plymouth Sound is visible beyond the reservoir in the far distance.








Thanks very much for taking the time to look at these photographs. Any comments or questions are most welcome :)





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