“He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough.”

Ray Bradbury

Looking from Yartor Down, towards the slopes of Down Ridge and Holne Moor in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, UK. Within the immediate valleys is the confluence of the East Dart River and West Dart River to form the River Dart at the tiny settlement of Dartmeet. Evanescent crepuscular light bathes the hill at Huccaby and reaches behind the Snider Park Plantation.

Pentax K-x
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens (at 18mm)
Bilora Stabillo tripod

Cromatek circular polarizer
Cromatek G219 (3 stop) Neutral Density Graduated Filter

Aperture = f/8
Exposure duration = 1/20 second


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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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  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyalmost 2 years ago

    Best viewed large – thanks for looking :)

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsalmost 2 years ago

    Awesome landscape work as usual Phil.

  • Thanks ever so much for your munificent comments Richard!

    I had a hunch that it would be worth the journey in this active weather to this spot, a quiet sense of hope and expectation and what I saw took my breath away. A visceral moment that I felt so lucky to witness.

    Such is the charm of Dartmoor, that despite its continuing beauty in all weathers, that there are the rare occasions when it is transcended by fleeting light into something so magical one cannot begin to find words to describe its ambience faithfully – that is maybe why it is best recorded in photography or paint.

    Have a good weekend – some great opportunities for landscape photos I reckon in this moody mix of sunshine and showers :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago

    Outstanding beauty.

  • Thanks very much Julie – I am so glad I listened to the voice that told me to go home from work via the moors, It was lovely to witness such light and atmosphere :)

    – phil hemsley

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 2 years ago

    Really beautiful Phil, a stunning scene well captured x big fav!

  • Thanks ever so much for your generous comments Pauline :) It took my breath away indeed seeing that light :)

    – phil hemsley

  • walela
    walelaalmost 2 years ago


  • Thanks ever so much Walela :)

    – phil hemsley

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithalmost 2 years ago

    What a breathtakingly beautiful landscape.

  • Thanks so much for your encouraging comments Christine :) Dartmoor is a wonderful place to gaze upon in all its moods.

    – phil hemsley

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 2 years ago

    A rain-nurtured landscape! Very alive.

  • Thanks ever so much Bette – it certainly has its fair share of rain up there!

    – phil hemsley

  • Jen Davies
    Jen Daviesalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations! This image is featured in Kingdom United!! :)

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 2 years ago

    beautiful capture!

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Poplealmost 2 years ago

    So beautiful and atmospheric . . .lovely work . . x

  • Thanks very much Teresa :)

    – phil hemsley

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