Paul - who brings friendly nonsense (blur_kiwi) wrote,
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Dartmoor has its moods.....and sheep


Last Friday morning, on my well-earned day off, I decided to head off to Dartmoor to try and catch the sunrise. The weather wasn't promising, in fact it was raining when I left home and I wondered whether I was wasting my time. I got to Hound Tor, one of my favourite places on Dartmoor at around eight o'clock, after a drive of about an hour and a quarter. The rain had cleared off but I could still see storms and showers massing on the skyline to the west. I walked up the hill towards the tor itself. Hound Tor, like all the other tors on Dartmoor, is an outcrop of granite poking up through the soil on a point of high ground. The rocks have eroded over millions of years and have been turned into magical and intriguing shapes.

Near Hound Tor, in the valley to the south, is an abandoned medieval village. There isn't much to see, just a few walls and trackways, but I had never been down to it before and I felt I ought to take a look. It had an eerie feeling at that time of the morning and it was very easy to imagine myself trying to eek out a living in this desolate and forbidding place.

From Hound Tor I drove round and took various photos of sheep on the hills and crags, dodging showers as I went.

I hope you like the photos I took. I'm sorry there are quite a lot of them but I think they illustrate my morning well.

Cloudy sunrise over Hound Tor
Cloudy sunrise over Hound Tor

 


 
Silhouette of Hound Tor rocks
Silhouette of Hound Tor rocks

 
I thought this looked like the face of an old man blowing out a stream of orange light
I thought this looked like the face of an old man blowing out a stream of orange light

 
Haytor in the distance
Haytor in the distance

 
More Hound Tor rocks
More Hound Tor rocks

 
Looking down at the abandoned medieval village in the valley below
Looking down at the abandoned medieval village in the valley below

 
This give a little of the scale of Dartmoor
This gives a little of the scale of Dartmoor

 
A storm brewing
A storm brewing

 
Haytor in the distance
Haytor in the distance

 
The medieval village
The medieval village

 


 


 
Mist rising in a distant valley
Mist rising in a distant valley

 


 
The shapes of the rocks fascinate me
The shapes of the rocks fascinate me

 
Across the valleys
Across the valleys

 
A Dartmoor pony
A Dartmoor pony

 
Lone sheep
Lone sheep

 
Trees on the skyline
Trees on the skyline

 


 
Haytor from the other side
Haytor from the other side

 
Sheep amongst the rocks
Sheep amongst the rocks

 


 


 
Tags: dartmoor, devon, sheep, uk pics
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