Dartmoor is an area of moorland in south Devon, England. Protected by National Park status, it covers 954 square kilometres. The granite upland dates from the Carboniferous period of geological history.
Stonewalls and Hedgebanks
Stone walls and hedges are a very important local characteristic of the Dartmoor landscape. Many of the boundaries on Dartmoor are of historic interest, some remaining from the medieval period, and if you look carefully on Holne Moor, the Plym Valley and in the Dart Valley you can see clear evidence of prehistoric boundaries, some of which still have use today. Almost anywhere you look on Dartmoor you will be able to see a stone wall or hedgebank, making them very significant features.
The stone walls on the moorland are built with granite boulders of varying sizes, without the use of any mortar and are referred to as dry stone walls. They can be anything up to about 230 years old, and can be either single skin or double skinned walls. They were originally built using whatever stone was available to hand, and their survival for all this time demonstrates the skills of the original builders. These skills were passed from father to son through the generations, but are now at risk of being lost as less and less farms are able to support younger generations staying in agricultural work
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lousat (78535) 2013-08-28 1:32
Hi Les,there is all the juice of english country into your pic,magnificent capture of this hills and its very old walls,great perspective,details and colors,and a great sensation of peace and quiet too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
subhendu_bagchi (25877) 2013-08-28 2:20
a very pleasant landscape from you. Love the composition with the tree at right. Great light and very good clarity. Like the tonal quality of your shot. Very well done. Tfs.
dta (68190) 2013-08-28 2:39
Hello Leslie ,
This is a splendid picture , with the effective diagonal of the superb stoned wall , and the lonely pine tree . Big rocks in teh FG , the fine english landscape and the clouds complete this excellent compsition .
snunney (85781) 2013-08-28 4:02
They are fascinating structures these walls, self supporting and relatively impervious to the weather. I like the composition with the focal point offered by the tree and the wall sweeping upwards from left to right. Makes for a fine landscape with a hint of graphism. Captured under a sympathetic ambient light with excellent colours and sharpness.
Sergiom (62112) 2013-08-28 4:23
Une très belle composition. La ligne de terre forme une très belle diagonale dans l'image et l'arbre unique brille comme une vedette dans ce ciel superbe.
SnapRJW (31613) 2013-08-28 4:30
Beautiful Les! The details in the rocks and stone wall are crisp and clear. I like the composition which features the stone on a diagonal which follows the lay of the land. The tree standing proud against the cloudy sky makes a super FP. Attractive colours and the light is lovely, threatening rain perhaps? Warm regards Rosemary
macondo (18623) 2013-08-28 4:37
Congratulations on this beautiful, high quality photo. The viewpoint, the sharp detail and great capture of the light, make this a delight, particularly in the large version of the image. And thanks for sizing it sensibly so it fits on a 24" screen! The more I look at the detail on the rock wall, and the depth of the background, the more I like it. I would only suggest a little crop from the left to move the tree a little further off centre. But on the whole this is quite breathtaking, and it's always a pleasure to see old stone walls like this one.
daddo (24589) 2013-08-28 5:07
Hi Leslie. I love those stone walls and of course I also appreciate the skills involved in the dry stone technique. In Dalmatia my grandfather had land divided into multiple sections, all done with stones like this, and an olive tree in each partition. Nowadays there are profiteers who take these stones and crush them into gravel for construction. So much for heritage. The English have a lot to teach the rest about valuing the works of one's forefathers.Lovely composition and details. Beautiful shades of green. best regards. Klaudio.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-28 6:15
love this! A simple concept and yet so compelling and beautiful. Love the diagonal stone wall that balances so perfectly with the lone tree and rolling hills. Stunning clarity and contrasting textures make this just irresistible. Bravo!
psamaddar (1089) 2013-08-28 8:15
Nice picture and good color variation. good capture, good composition..interesting color of the sky.
lgir (6891) 2013-08-28 8:48
nice balance of this composition: pleasant strong contrasts, a carefully staged.
A very good work in final
fabbs99 (16769) 2013-08-28 11:01
Lovely shot of the rocky mountain slope.The lone standing tree has a great presence in the frame.Very well done.TFS.
holmertz (42337) 2013-08-28 11:33
This is a splendid view and the clarity and sharpness of the photo is absolutely first class. What impresses me the most is probably the stone wall, for the marvellous skill and perseverance of those who once built it, and for the nice diagonal it makes in the composition.
PaulVDV (23025) 2013-08-28 12:08
I've always been impressed by those landscapes where stone walls divide the land into lots. Specially when those stone walls run steep uphill or downhill.
This is such a beautiful landscape. I really like the composition, the perfect sharpness of the wall and the bright green colour of the grassland.
Best regards, Paul
dkmurphys (50226) 2013-08-29 4:19
Lovely image in fresh natural colors. I like the composition, very well taken.
Have a good day.
brianmcc (6185) 2013-09-01 13:59
this is a fantastic, eye-catching image. the bold colours stand out superbly, and the single tree also stands out wonderfully against the blue sky. the positioning and textures of the dry stone walls add further detail and interest to this well thought out composition.
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (14697)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-26
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): West Devon Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-28 1:30