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phil hemsley

Totnes, United Kingdom

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“In that realm a man may, perhaps, count himself fortunate to have wandered, but its very richness and strangeness tie the tongue of a traveller who would report them…”

J. R. R. Tolkien

The evening winds flutter the epiphytic ferns, mosses and lichens that surround the stunted and ancient high-moorland oaks, rowan, holly ,and willow trees that grow amongst 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/13
Exposure duration = 8 seconds
Focal length = 47mm
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

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