The smile of autumn

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“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
William Cullen Bryant

(1794 –1878 American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post)

Late on an autumnal evening as the waters pass through the old bridge in Avonwick, South Devon. Seen here from the tree lined riverbank on the edge of the ancient ‘green lane’ known as ‘Avon Cobbly Walk’, looking northwest.

The River Avon, also known as the River Aune, rises in the southern half of Dartmoor National Park in an area of bog to the west of Ryder’s Hill. Close to where the river leaves Dartmoor a dam was built in 1957 to form the Avon reservoir.

After leaving the moor it passes through South Brent and then Avonwick towards Aveton Gifford and flows into the English Channel at Bigbury on Sea.

The name Avon comes from the Old Brythonic (proto-Celtic) term ‘abona’ which means river.

Technical info:

Pentax K-X
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens
Manfrotto 190XProB tripod
Manfrotto 498RC2 panoramic ball-head

Aperture = f/11
Exposure duration = 30 seconds
Focal length = 18mm
ISO = 200

(Aperture priority mode & Matrix metering pattern)

Pseudo-HDR from 3 split-RAW processed 16-bit TIFFs – using Photomatix Pro 3.27

Finished in Photoshop 6.0
26/10/2012 - 21:28morpheus71
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter SpeedN/A
Focal LengthN/A


Link Posted 26/10/2012 - 21:31
A magical image Phil, instantly recognisable as your work.


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Link Posted 26/10/2012 - 21:46
Thank you once more David for your very generous comments
It was a delightful restful end to a hectic week to spend time at one of my favorite places and breathe the atmosphere of the place in.

I felt at rest as I journeyed home and had a happy smile


Link Posted 26/10/2012 - 21:51
I do love reading the description of your photos. This one looks so peaceful wiwth beautiful colours and composition.


Link Posted 26/10/2012 - 21:58
Thank you very much for your generous comments Blaze They say "a picture says a thousand words", so by the time one has got to a thousand words it seems fine to add a few more, just so as to make sure people really get the gist of it!

A truly peaceful place always, strangely even when the moorland floodwaters race through here it is calming...


Link Posted 27/10/2012 - 09:02
Nice as we're used to look at your works!!!


Link Posted 27/10/2012 - 09:04
As always from you, poetically beautiful.
I'm intrigued at just how many rivers Avon there are in England, Scotland and Wales. As you say its an ancient word that means 'river' so to desrcibe a stream as 'the River Avon' is actually tortological.
The entire Cotswold range of hills is bounded in both the north and the south by rivers called Avon.

Last Edited by davidtrout on 27/10/2012 - 09:07


Link Posted 27/10/2012 - 10:09
So lovely, the peace of this place captured and the gentle movement of the water felt. I felt drawn into the scene.


Link Posted 27/10/2012 - 11:19
Aren't we lucky to have the word 'autumn' to describe scenes such as this! 'Fall' just doesn't cut it!

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)


Link Posted 27/10/2012 - 14:47
I greatly admire both your artistry and technique here.

Some of my vaguely better stuff


Link Posted 28/10/2012 - 00:06
This is a beautiful image Phil ... i only wish i could produce anything as magical a this!
Kind regards Maria


Link Posted 28/10/2012 - 08:20
Thank ever so much for the very generous comments from Giulio, David, June, Paul, Tim and Maria I have to agree with Paul that I much prefer the term autumn over 'fall'!
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