The Quiet Earth

phil hemsley

Totnes, United Kingdom

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“If we lose wilderness, we lose forever the knowledge of what the world was and what it might, with understanding and loving husbandry, yet become.”

Harvey Broome 1902 -1968 (American lawyer, writer and conservationist)

Golden hour transient light bathing the Cornwood Maiden megaliths on the slopes of Stalldon Barrow Hill and bestowing puddles of light on some of the valleys below.

The waters of Plymouth Sound can be seen in the distance.

The Cornwood Maidens are a magnificent stone row of Neolithic megaliths that stretches for over 500 metres in a north to south direction, mostly up the southern slopes of Stalldon Barrow hill on the edge of Dartmoor.

It consists of over 80 stones, 62 of which are still standing, 17 of them are fallen, with the remainder presumed missing or buried in the peaty soils.

The tallest of the stones are at the northerly end and reach as high as 2.6 metres.

The stone row was subject to restoration work in the late 19th Century, so it’s debatable how much of the alignment is in its original position. This is particularly subject to speculation, since the alignment in its present form doesn’t follow a straight route.

As well as the circular cairn beside the row near the top of the hill, there are several other cairns around and about on the hill here, one or two of which can still be seen to have their central cists in place.

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

Aperture value = f/9.5
Exposure duration = 1/30 second
Focal length = 24mm
Altitude = 390m

Pseudo-HDR photo from 3 split-RAW processed TIFFs (-2, 0, +2ev equivalents) using Photomatix Pro 3.26.

Finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop 6.0

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