• Pond on the Moor

Between Bearah and Kilmar Tors there is a watering hole that never dries up.  Here it is a few days before Christmas, looking north-west.

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• Admiral Carving Beech

What a glorious day.  A hike up to Sharp Tor, where a Red Admiral was basking.  Then the sun was at a good angle to catch the letters and numbers of boundary rock ’12’, ‘RIL’, ‘1846’ (see post from 27 April 2013).  And the leaves of the beech trees lower down glowed golden.

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• Kayak, St Ives

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• Apple-juicing, Upton Cross

Here’s how you juice apples, with a modern equivalent of the ‘cheesewring’ that gives its name to the rock formations up on the moor.  Photos taken at the Apple Day at Upton Cross village hall.

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• Midsummer Dawn & Dusk

Up very early to observe the summer solstice dawn over distant Dartmoor and then up onto Sharp Tor that same evening for dusk.  The first two photos were taken at around 05.00 from Rillaton Barrow near Minions.  A hearty breakfast was then had at the nearby pub.  The third photo caught a very stubborn sheep about to be released from its self-imposed ensnarement.  The remaining photos were taking from Sharp Tor, looking over to Kilmar, with one glance down into the valley towards Devon.

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• Up Frenchman’s Creek

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• Bluebells

Here are a few shots of bluebells taken over the past week in and around the house and wood, with additional glimpses of deer in the early-morning haze, pink celandines, last year’s bracken stalks and this year’s fragrant hawthorn blossom.  It is the most blissful time of year in nature’s calendar.

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• Life in the Slow Lane

At hardly 1 mph, this steam engine trundled past me today on its way up into North Hill.  Interesting that it wasn’t driven by aged enthusiasts but two young lads.  I’ve no idea where they were going, but I’d seen them earlier in the day on the B3254, travelling north.

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• The big rains (Bearah Valley)

In two days’ time I leave for a 16-week perambulation up, down and across France.  I shall save my photographs from this trip until a future time.  But the signs of a dry start to my expedition are not auspicious.  Today – the first of 2014 – I went up towards Bearah Tor to see the state of the early stretches of Shales Brook.  The water was streaming through boulders and across the grass in furious torrents.  Rather impressive!

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• Russet dawn on Sharp Tor

Sharp Tor often shimmers in pink at dawn, but today it glowed in russet.

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