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“An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love, and union with the world around us….”

Thomas Moore
(English Humanist, Statesman and Chancellor of England, 1477-1535)

The evening winds flutter the epiphytic ferns, mosses and lichens that surround the stunted and ancient high-moorland oaks, rowan, holly ,and willow trees.& the granite boulders of Wistman’s Wood on Dartmoor.

It lies at an altitude of between 380–420 metres in the valley of the West Dart River near Two Bridges, at grid reference SX613770.

The wood been a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1964, and is an Nature Conservation Review site.

It is quite probable that the name derives from Wisht-man’s wood, the vernacular word wisht meaning eerie or haunted.

In Devon, the Wild Hunt is said to be that of hellhounds chasing sinners, the unbaptized or those lost on the moors after dark. The dogs in the Devonshire dialect are known as Wisht Hounds.

This legendary hunt is particularly associated with Wistman’s Wood and tales speak of the end of the hunt being at the Dewerstone where they unfortunate souls are driven off the top of the rock into the raging waters of the River Plym below. The Dewer is the Devonshire name for the Devil himself.

Pentax K-x
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens
Hoya circular polarizer
Bilora Stabillo tripod

Aperture = f/6.7
Exposure duration = 0.5seconds
Focal length = 40mm
ISO = 200

Pseudo-HDR from 3 split-RAW processed 16-bit TIFF files (at -2, 0, +2ev equivalents) using Photomatix Pro 3.26. Finished in Adobe Photoshop 6.0

An emerging landscape photographer based in Totnes, South Devon, UK – Phil Hemsley (a.k.a. ‘Morpheus71’ – from his graffiti days) is incredibly lucky to live between stunning beaches and fantastic moorland – he loves walking in the moors, climbing the cliffs and catching waves.

He is passionate about using visual imagery to capture the emotions, atmosphere and action of his subjects. His highly detailed work reflects his passion for rich light, colour and contrasting textures.

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  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 2 years ago

    so verdantly green and love your writing about this special area

    lovely work

  • Thanks very much for the encouraging comments Maggie :)

    – phil hemsley

  • thatche2
    thatche2over 2 years ago

    Beautiful image! Love all the green colors!

  • Thanks very much for the encouraging comment thatche2 :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellover 2 years ago

    Please consider adding this wonderful image to All Glorious Gardens

  • Thanks very much for the encouraging comments Marilyn :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    July 1st, 2012
    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
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  • Thanks very much for the feature Mary :)

    – phil hemsley

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 07/03/2012

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  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 2 years ago

    Wow! What a gorgeous place, Morpheus . . . a great capture. I love reading about the moors, but have never had the opportunity to visit.

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 1 year ago

    Such marvelous greens and a great design in nature!

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