Vale of the Wisht-man

Vale of the Wisht-man

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“To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.”

Arnold Bennett (British novelist, playwright, critic, and essayist, 1867-1931)

Late evening transient light catches the clouds above the West Dart river.

The stunted and ancient high-moorland oaks, rowan, holly ,and willow trees that grow amongst the granite boulders of Wistman’s Wood are seen on the east side of the river.

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

Aperture = f/8

ISO = 200

HDR from 3 RAW files (at -1.5,0.5, + 2.5ev ) using Photomatix Pro 3.26. Finished in Adobe Photoshop 6.0
01/07/2012 - 22:06morpheus71
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter SpeedN/A
Focal Length18mm


Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 22:09
Phil, the information you provide with your images is a joy and is often as interesting as the images themselves. That's not intended to detract from the images as they are usually magnificent, as here. There's a slight amount of burn-out in the sky, but I don't think this is an issue with this image. I love the understated way you have processed this one and the result is brilliant.


Some cameras, some lenses, some bits 'n' bobs


Link Posted 01/07/2012 - 23:00
Very beautiful and soft landscape i like this a lot
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Link Posted 02/07/2012 - 00:11
Thanks very much to David and Puma for the encouraging and thoughtful comments


Link Posted 02/07/2012 - 11:06
puma wrote:
Very beautiful and soft landscape i like this a lot



Link Posted 02/07/2012 - 18:01
And for a perfect background soundtrack why not the howling of the Hounds of the Baskerville?




Link Posted 02/07/2012 - 20:26
Thanks for the encouraging comments from Giulio and David Definite realization of being alone out there on the bleak moors that night after spooking myself in the ancient gnarly woods!


Link Posted 17/07/2012 - 18:53
puma wrote:
Very beautiful and soft landscape i like this a lot

Me too.
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My PPG site
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