If a Dartmoor tor could reveal what it has seen down through the millennia then Kestor surely would have some stories to tell. Its rocky outcrops survey directly over an ancient landscape of ritual monuments and old stone huts. In previous centuries some early antiquarians believed that the tor was the central focus for druidical ceremonies. This soon made Kestor a 'honey spot' for the curious Victorian visitor who was in search of the lost ages of the moor. The rock or tor is located on Chagford Common and sits at an altitude of 1,382ft (421m).
But what started all the excitement? Well, in 1856 a local antiquarian called G. W. Omerod was doing some 'antiquarianing' on the tor/rock when he discovered a large rock basin on the summit. It hole had been filled in with peat and stones in a presumable effort to stop sheep from falling into it. When he cleared the hole out it was found to be the largest rock basin and Dartmoor and according to Worth (1988, pp.31 - 32) when empty it measured 6ft 8in wide, 8ft wide and 30in deep. Rock basins are a product of localised weathering and are formed when weak feldspar crystals are split by the frost along their cleavages. This loosens small fragments which are later blown away by the wind thus leaving a small hollow. The process continues and gradually the hollow expands outwards and downwards. Water fills the hollow and then freezes, upon thawing more fragments are eroded which once again are blown away by the wind. Over time the hollow widens and deepens and eventually a rock basin is formed.
It was about this time that, along with the other rock basins of the moor, they became attributable to the work of the druids. It was supposed that they had carved them out to act as a receptacle for sacred water and for catching the blood of human sacrifices.
With thanks to Tim Sandles. LB.
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stevesaba (8135) 2011-10-03 2:32
A fabulous photo with some great notes too! I always enjoyed the use of my 10-20. You've captured a lovely scene here with these beautiful old rocks and the gorgeous sky! The stories really do get our imagination going and one wonders what really did happen all those years ago? But now at least it is still a beautiful area it seems and perhaps a lovely place to wander about! A fine photo, warm regards,
ravinmb (1293) 2011-10-03 2:37
This is a beautiful image you have presented.. The rocks, the landscape and the sky is taken perfectly.. The long clouds and two little ponds of water have added flavour to this beautiful picture.. Stunning View...
TFS & have a great day.
RhodieIke (11512) 2011-10-03 4:01
Hi Leslie, What a splendid view on this super photo, love your position with those great rocks in the Fg,super colours, light and presentation, Well done, Trust you are well, Cheers Iain.
timecapturer (44493) 2011-10-03 6:05
a great POV and wonderful sky to make the image so attractive. Perfectly executed with excellent light management. Stunning!
Have a pleasant week - Brian.
ashres (1453) 2011-10-03 10:25
Nice capture from the wide angle. The light is nice. The thin layer of clouds looks nice. nice view
prasun984 (5590) 2011-10-03 13:31
very nice landscape shot by simple composition...like the FG texture rocky stones under the blue texture sky...
nice dof controlled with nice sharpness & warm color tones...
abmdsudi (38878) 2011-10-03 21:49
What a sky, this is a dynamic shot with lots of interest. My eye is immediately pulled all over the place. The well textured rocks and the pointed effects of the cloud really work together well. Superb clarity and brilliant composition and wonderful rich colors. Great photo
SnapRJW (28917) 2011-10-03 23:46
Hello Leslie - I'm back after my holiday and enjoying catching up with recent postings. I love your POV here and the shot does justice to your excellent notes. One really gets the feel for the landscape as beyond the lovely FG the view goes on for ever before meeting the beautiful blue sky. A well managed and attractive shot. Best regards Rosemary
tyro (18330) 2011-10-04 1:43
What a fascinating note and what a wonderful photograph with which to illustrate it.
The use of your wide angle lens here has given that wonderful "explosive" effect to the clouds in the sky and, of course, also emphasised those impressive foreground rocks. The slight curve on the horizon also adds to the drama.
Beautiful colours, perfect exposure and, as usual, stunning sharpness and detail.
Glint (6163) 2011-10-04 3:18
you have found a special place and pov to share with us. Excellent light and the view of the distant landscape makes me feel like standing on tiptoe to see more.But uyou have a good balance here between a glimpse of the land beyond and the foreground interest of rock, water and texture.
delpeoples (52305) 2011-10-04 17:42
Wow, love these strong colours, very Brian-esque! The low POV is great, the textures of the rocks very interesting and of course, those clouds, wow, they just make the scene. Congrats, it's a great shot.
Have a lovely evening
jhm (134518) 2011-10-05 4:16
You took this image with a super wide angle with a fantastic result.
Big stones in foreground with a very small puddle with water, care for a splendid lovely picture.
Excellent composition, splendid presentation, TFS.
Very well done.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2011-10-06 8:33
Superb wide photo.... so attractive composition.... good colour contrast....
Longroute (19392) 2011-10-08 7:54
It's not easy to create a fine composition with just one rock! but actually that's what you have done!
Of course the gorgeous weather and sky have helped you and those two round holes filled with water looks like eyes of a big owl...
but now I read in your most interesting note that this was the spot of the druids sacrifices... most interesting!
We have similar holes in the granite boulders here, so they looked pretty natural to me.
Curious how the 50/50 proportions fits well here and give a sense of harmony, in spite of the rules! (:-)
A fine capture with very intense colours and clarity.
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (12122)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-10-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): West Devon [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-03 1:52