Saturday, 6 June 2015

View from Hound Tor, Faux Ruined Abbey and White Heat

View from Hound Tor :- Majestic isn't it. This is a view looking North east (ish) from Hound Tor on Dartmoor in Devon, England. The Tor (along with many others on Dartmoor) is a large heavily weathered granite outcrop. This particular Tor (only a small past of it is seen in this image) is said to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write "The Hound of the Baskervilles". To the East of the Tor at the bottom of the hill there are the remains of a medieval village called "Hundatora" (a single coin from the time of Henry III was found in this area) and to the North west of the Tor you'll discover some Bronze age hut circles. Dartmoor is a bleak and wild place at the best of times but it's one of Britains most spectacualr landscapes and well worth a visit if you ever get the chance (but take a GPS system, some walking boots and wet weather gear with you).

Faux Ruined Abbey :- During the 17 and 1800's in Britain there was an odd fascination and love affair with ruins. There appeared to be a thread of romanticism and fantasy running through architecture and artwork at every corner. This ruined Abbey isn't an Abbey at all and for what it's worth it's not a ruin was built to look like this. This is the Ruined Abbey in Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey. The 18th Century landscaped garden was the mastermind of Charles Hamilton, son of the 6th Earl of Abercorn. The park was created between 1738 and 1773 and features many follies including the "Ruined Abbey". Most photographers shoot it from the other side by the lake but I liked the rawness of it and loved the shadows it was throwing on this side.

White Heat :- A Brighton beach sunset. Sometimes the images with the least in them have the most to say. Warmth on the skin, gentle breeze backed by the lapping of the water and the gentle crunch of pebbles under the feet. No traffic noise or offensive sounds to jar your and bombard your senses. Just peace and quiet. What more could you wish for?

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