Wistman's Wood is a small pocket of ancient woodland tucked into a fold of the hills in the middle of Dartmoor.
It is one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor, Devon, England. It lies at an altitude of 380–410 metres in the valley of the West Dart River near Two Bridges, at grid reference SX612774.
It forms one of the highest oakwoods in Britain and, as an outstanding example of native upland oak woodland, was selected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1964. It also forms part of the Wistman’s Wood National Nature Reserve. The wood was also one of the primary reasons for selection of the Dartmoor Special Area of Conservation. It is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and has been managed since 1961 under a nature reserve agreement with the Nature Conservancy Council, English Nature and Natural England. There is no active management, but cattle and sheep have free access, apart from a small fenced enclosure in South Wood.
The name of Wistman's Wood may derive from the dialect word 'wisht' meaning 'eerie/uncanny', or ‘pixie-haunted’. The legendary Wild Hunt in Devon is particularly associated with Wistman's Wood – the hellhounds of which are known as Yeth (Heath) or Wisht Hounds in the Devonshire dialect. (Wikipedia)
It certainly has an atmosphere all its own, especially on misty evenings...
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jester5 (2022) 2014-05-24 4:33
Lovely capture Will. That creepy feeling of someone/thing watching comes across well. Good choice of B/W.
Have a good weekend,
saxo042 (37594) 2014-05-24 7:41
A very artistic and beautiful black &white picture. Good contrasts and well composed capture.
tenretin (2475) 2014-05-24 8:33
A good picture from the point of view of composition and triatement black and white makes sense. The framing seems a little tight, but it's probably your wish.
Good weekend to you.
Noel_Byrne (25962) 2014-05-24 8:37
Thanks for he cool note to tell the history of this place, your image has captured it well. This looks like a quite spooky place, and this is not a tree I would be prone to turn my back on for fear of those ancient limbs reaching out! Excellent color treatment really enhances the mood too.
emilbo (22616) 2014-05-24 8:42
Ce vieux chêne est très intéressant et on peut se demander quel âge il peut avoir?… Je mets des arbres tout croche dans mas tableaux mais celui-ci c'est trop. Un beau N/B que j'aime beaucoup.
Giustiniani (3435) 2014-05-24 10:03
l'effet produit est très graphique et le choix du N&B judicieux. C'est bien pensé et bien réalisé, une photo très artistique.
mesutilgim (86960) 2014-05-24 14:28
Very nice b&w capture with very good layout and perfect sharpness. Great effect.
TFS and have a nice weekend
dekanski (3789) 2014-05-25 2:43
Wow, some ancient forests!
An excellent choice to be black and white!
marabu61 (8931) 2014-05-25 3:28
It makes me smile when you write about high altitude oak woods at an elevation of 400m. Here in Switzerland we speak of the lowlands with everything beneath 1000m.
Having said this, this is of corse a stunning photo with a strangely mystic mood. One expects the headless rider coming out of the tree at any time. Wonderful black and white impression indeed.
have a great sunday
abmdsudi (44930) 2014-05-25 21:42
It certainly is a scarey place and haunted! as the tradition says - bet your were not alone there! Full of mystery with its strange ancient oak trees, boulders carpeted with moss, ferns and probably lichens, i guess you need a sturdy pair of walking boots there. Perfect lighting in this, the shades and tonal contrast are fine and the richness of detail is wonderful as is the composition. Great shot and tx for sharing.
COSTANTINO (57569) 2014-05-26 10:08
Hello my dear friend
here we have a wonderful capture
its a wonderful shot in sepia
original version almost artistic
greetings for your in spiration
have a nice evening
annjackman (20341) 2014-05-26 10:13
I know this famous wood well. On a rambling holiday some of us walked up to it before breakfast a couple of times when we stayed at the hotel in Two Bridges (close to a prison I seem to remember!). I like the b/w conversion as it suits the subject and emphasises the gnarled boughs. I also enjoy the way that the ferns seem to be trying to swallow the tree up.
See you soon.
Kind Regards, Ann
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-05-28 3:45
I love your choice of B&W for this image. It certainly accentuates the spookiness of the place.
I wish that I had known about this forest when I was in Dartmoor. I visited a similar forest of twisted trees in Sweden; 'The Troll's forest' (Trollskogen) on the island of Öland.
kasianowak (7297) 2014-05-30 6:02
One of those places I've been meaning to visit and never got around to do it.
I like the tones and almost abstract qualities of this monochrome image. Great choice of subject!
Have a nice weekend
delpeoples (53877) 2014-06-01 3:53
Your B&W photo evokes a lot of mystery, history and drama. I love ancient forests like this, and being near Dartmoor it really gets the imagination going. The textures here have been beautifully delineated, the monochrome bringing them out so nicely. You handled the tricky light conditions very nicely and have used them to your advantage.
Nice work, have a great Sunday