Combestone Tor must have the 'privilege' of being the most accessible tor on Dartmoor, it is literally about 70 metres from a car park. It does also command some superb views of the Dart Valley which drops down 130 odd metres to the river below. Visit on a windy day and you will hear the famous 'cry of the dart' as the waters crash through the rocky defile. But the tor does have a few more attributes for the moor inquisitive. Firstly, for the geologically minded the tor displays the effects of jointing and the effects of erosion which are all part of the tor formation on Dartmoor. The actual summit of the main outcrop is studded with forming, formed and unforming rock basins which were the one-time Druidical ceremonial basins. Not only were the sacred 'basins' for Druidical purposes but they may serve as a washing place for the piskies who are said to live in a small combe on the side of the tor. It is said that on still nights you can hear the music from their revels wafting up the slopes to the tor. At one time this tor would have been in an remote area between Holne and Hexworthy but the road soon changed that.
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Mesut09 (378) 2014-07-29 0:38
Hello my friend.. the woman has a real freedom..:) i would like to have her situation:) i would like to get far away from people for a while..:) thanks for the photo of freedom:)
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-29 1:03
a tree of life composition this. I love the way the tree takes centre stage and looks like it is protecting the human element, which also adds depth and scale to this creative and beautiful study. Wonderful!
arnie (1803) 2014-07-29 2:41
A cracking capture, love the weather beaten knotted and gnarled tree taking centre stage with the girl giving depth. Great detail in the Tor with the moors in the distance.
dkmurphys (50414) 2014-07-29 2:49
Lovely dynamic scene. The tree and the sky are drawing the wind direction. Lovely composition.
asajernigan (21366) 2014-07-29 3:00
This is a great shot of this weathered tree and stones. The woman provides a nice focal point as well as adding scale for the shot. The tree occupies a good central spot in the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-29 3:50
A great composition with or without the person included. I love the twisted tree in the foreground backed by the sky and tor in nice light. I am glad that I included Dartmoor in my travels last year. For me your photos fill in a lot of what I had missed.
jhm (141297) 2014-07-29 5:06
You must not far walk for these wonderful place.
I like the green tree in foreground care for extra green colour.
The lady on the rock gives an extra touch at these nice picture.
We get a lovely panorama view too.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation
Very well done, TFS.
lousat (79151) 2014-07-29 5:21
Hi Les,no need to read your signature,this style is unmistakable! And i like a lot this new tree worked by weather and time in a colorful composition,not dramatic as your other black and white and truly beautiful! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
macjake (57888) 2014-07-29 5:52
you sure do have a knack for locating the strangest trees! haha
perhaps the tree looks bent this way because of the constant winds?
yet the tall grass seems upright.
a very moody scene, i can easily picture movies being filmed here.
a fine capture of the rustic landscape, really enjoy it
siudzi (34113) 2014-07-29 10:55
What a superb scene you have found and photographed! This lonely tree looks so special here and the human gives us a sense of size. Beautifully done!
cornejo (33312) 2014-07-29 11:20
Hi Les, very good photo of this interesting composition in the beautiful nature, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice light, color and quality. Great work and pretty well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Noel_Byrne (25748) 2014-07-29 12:54
This is a beautiful image, the writhing tree looks almost like it is dancing and what a background with the old stone and the woman standing there. She make the scene magical, still as a tree while the tree is active as as person. Beautiful colors and light and thanks for an excellent note.
mesutilgim (86688) 2014-07-29 13:49
Amazing this capture with very good pov and layout.
A photographic work with the taste of an oil painting.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
COSTANTINO (57295) 2014-07-29 13:52
Hello my dear friend
I like the way you captured this tree
lovely composition lovely scenery
the impressive detail is the
woman standing there
what is she thinking of?who knows
your notes are really useful about
this tree looks like protecting the
woman down there
tyro (20958) 2014-07-29 15:56
This is a truly beautiful photograph.
The short grass, the bare rocks and that windswept gnarled old tree all suggest exactly what you say in your excellent note - that this is a wild and exposed place which can be very inhospitable in bad weather or at certain times of year. I can imagine times and situations when it might be quite spooky up here.
A beautifully composed photograph with gorgeous light and colours, a splendid sky and exquisite details and sharpness. The lone figure standing on that outcrop of rock clinches the composition perfectly. Did you "plant" her there or was her presence simply fortuitous? Or, indeed, serendipitous?
ourania (33535) 2014-07-30 9:24
even illuminated by a vivid, sweet light, this place has kept its mystical charm in your photo. I like very much the powerful and intriguing composition. Clarity is exquisite all over, the tree rising from the immediate foreground has wonderful interaction with the landscape and the ruins, the woman is a surprising and captivating "detail" within this wonderful scenery. The tree branches and the clouds evoke movement, the colour palette is rich, harmonious and atmospheric. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Silvio1953 (125685) 2014-07-30 9:50
Ciao Leslie, lovely composition with beautiful tree and nice woman, excellent perspective, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
fds (8622) 2014-07-31 5:57
dear fantastic picture from dartmoor with the women and the very beautiful tree
great colors and very super scharpnees
next years i would visit this great region
delpeoples (53665) 2014-07-31 23:53
Ciao dear Les
Ooh this is a beauty. The golden light is the thing that first attracts me. Then of course your marvellous subject. Or should I say subjects plural. The twisted old tree is so atmospheric, giving the impression of this place being one of mystery, solitude and howling winds. The lone lady adds to that impression. And finally of course are the stony silent tors. Silent witnesses who have stood impervious to the winds and the coming and going of us humans for millennia. Who will still be there when the trees and us are gone.
Hugs to you and G and congrats on this emotive photo
SnapRJW (31617) 2014-08-01 2:05
Hi Les - I have been a bit slack with TE this week ('flu) but I cannot let this one slip by. What a lovely shot and note. I like the central position of the tree; moss-covered and wizened it carries character and excellent detail. The rocks, ferns and single figure add the finishing details. Beautiful and evocative, I like this a lot.
holmertz (42815) 2014-08-01 7:36
This is a fine combination of attractive tree, a bit strangely grown, ancient slabs and a woman admiring the view. A well balanced composition with superb light and colours.
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (14791)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-27
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/10 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-29 0:36