'Lonely there, betwixt moor and sky,
Where great grey clouds go drifting by,
And the peewit utters her plaintive cry,
The Windy Post stands silently.'
To the north west of Feather Tor stands an ancient and rugged granite cross known as either the Beckamoor Cross or more romantically the Windy Post and Windy Stone. For centuries this lone cross has stood upon the bleak moorland with just the murmuring Grimstone and Sortridge leat for company. Many writers consider that the age of the cross dates back to the sixteenth century and that possibly it replaced a much earlier cross, English Heritage however notes on its Pastscape Record that the cross is of medieval origin and date it to between 1400 and 1499 which tends to buck the trend of all Dartmoor writers. Today the time-worn granite pillar displays the effects of numerous cattle and ponies rubbing up against it which has resulted in a somewhat 'drunken' tilt. As with many of Dartmoor's granite relics the Windy Post proudly wears a multi-coloured coat of lichens which serve to emphasise its rugged texture. The cross itself is best described by one who viewed it many years ago when the ravages of time and nature had impacted less on its appearance:
'In a gap in the hills, nigh Feather Tor and westerly of the Vixen, stands an old crooked granite post. The Windy-stone is seven feet high and from afar suggests some giant human figure bending forward as he tramps the desolation; but seen at hand this memorial of the Middle Ages resolves itself into the symbol of Christianity. Shaft and arms are octagonal and in fair preservation. Centuries of wild weather, flood, and frost, have driven the cross out of the perpendicular; time has fretted its angles; but still the grey stone, clad in venerable vesture of jade and black lichens; shall be seen to stand nobly on the heath. It glitters by day with the transparent quartz crystals that form part of its amorphous substance; and by night withdraws into a formless shadow against the sky', Eden Phillpotts, The Mother.
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lousat (75049) 2014-08-06 2:17
Hi Les,spectacular black and white,another time a pic of the theme "the day after" made in a magnificent way,i like these clouds,the scenery and the silk effect of the water made by the long time of exposure,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
snunney (81849) 2014-08-06 3:56
This is absolutely superb. Perfectly composed and beautifully presented in black and white to create a wonderful mood. Amazing depth.
jhm (137652) 2014-08-06 4:17
These picture do my think at all the image, of the last days with the Great War as subject with the cross in centre of your picture.
Excellent perspective and depth picture with the waterfall in foreground.
Sharpness and clarity make your picture very attractive.
Nice photo job, TFS.
CPD66 (787) 2014-08-06 4:31
As usual, a high quality posting.
B&W spot on as is the subject matter.
a good posting, TFS
timecapturer (47486) 2014-08-06 4:36
another moody and beautiful B&W shot. I love the effect of the filter it makes for a dreamy and atmospheric feel to this striking image. Entrancing imagery! - pass the LSD :-)
Regards - B.
marabu61 (8063) 2014-08-06 11:13
Now that is a real cracker of a shot. The lonely cross in itself is a great subject, but in this gorgeous black and white rendition with the added bonus of the longer exposure on the water this makes it really eye catching.
have a great day
holmertz (39529) 2014-08-06 12:00
This looks like a shot from a silent scary movie, or at least something based on a Dickens novel. The leaning cross does the trick, as well as generally the emptiness beneath the well treated clouds. The milky streams of water are cute.
Tigerlily (3053) 2014-08-06 15:01
A wonderfully taken image,beautiful mono. Nice composition. The cross, as its story, stands beautifully in the distance...
berek (36504) 2014-08-06 23:06
You took this picture very right angle . BW very good selections. Great perspective .
willperrett (6632) 2014-08-07 7:57
I'm running out of things to say about your monochrome Dartmoor images. I like the effect of your "black glass", though I'd have expected to see more cloud movement in 15 secs than you've got. Maybe it wasn't so "windy" on the day you took this! Again for me the sky teeters on the edge of too much "cooking", but again, this being monochrome, you've probably got away with it!
trevormoffiet (3070) 2014-08-08 3:49
Your B&W image is a very apt illustration of the introductory poetry in your note."Lonely there, betwixt moor and sky". An excellent posting.
ktanska (24570) 2014-08-08 12:04
That Big Stopper filter really makes wonders on this one. This shot gives an impression that you have frozen to your position and can't help but watch as time flies by. Motion blur on water and clouds looks great and in the middle of all is that tilted cross that has been like that maybe for centuries.
kasianowak (5902) 2014-08-09 4:45
Interesting image full of atmopshere. Blurred water and clouds show the passage of time - suitable metaphor for the cross. I like your b&w presentation.
Have a nice weekend
Noel_Byrne (22787) 2014-08-10 7:10
This is a beautifully eerie post, that old cross seems timeless and I can fully see why it is likened to a human figure crossing this lonely place. The long exposure and the effect it had on the water makes this a very special shot, while the conversion to black and white is wonderfully chosen and really echoes of desolation, perfect to add to the mood. Really nicely done.
daddo (23603) 2014-08-13 2:16
Hi Leslie. There is something pure and eternal about this image and what man has erected, nature works towards its return to her womb.It is a stark but emotive image, perfect in B&W. Love the poem.Best wishes. Klaudio.
swapankumarroy (2831) 2014-08-14 11:03
It is a good work of slow shutter, the stream is very nice like silk. Convert into black and white made it silver effect, beautiful clouds with a cross in centre. Well composition and POV.
with warm regards,
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (13541)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-08-02
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX, Lee Big Stopper 10 stop ND
- Exposure: f/11, 15 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Mono [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-06 1:12