This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress Daily Post asks that we show photos of our interpretation of ‘descent’. We can take it literally, experimenting with point of view or take it deeper.
I’m going to show you the descent of my favourite rivers, six of them that all descend to the sea on the south coast od Devon.
If you’ve known me a while you’ll know how much I love estuaries, those liminal, transitional places that tap into our ancestral memories.
The first is my beloved Exe, flowing into the sea at Exmouth.
A few miles to the east is the river Otter – and yes, Otters and even Beavers have returned to the Otter!I’d like to be able to photograph them.
The river Avon is the furthest west, flowing into the sea near Bigbury, in the beautiful South Hams.
The river Teign flows down from Dartmoor to the estuary between Teignmouth and Shaldon.
The Dart also descends from Dartmoor to reach the sea at Dartmouth, via another of my favourite places, Totnes.
Back to east Devon, the Axe joins the sea at Axmouth, with Lyme Regis just around the corner in Dorset.
I’m going to end as I began, with the Exe. It may not be a mighty river like some around the world, but it’s my river and my soul is wrapped in it.
You can join in with the challenge and see lots more descents at,
Every year around this time I see my blogging friends around the world, mostly in the USA and Canada posting about autumn and yet here in England it can be rather elusive. We have an Indian summer followed by mild, wet weather and often its way into November before autumn arrives.
I went to Killerton recently and found a little autumn, but much more late summer flowers. So this weekend I went to hunt it down again. Stover country park was the place, and this is what I found.
Some woodland birds
Things to watch out for
and some water birds.
Stover has another tale to tell, a wonderful connection between nature and one of our great poets, I’ll try to share that soon.
Last weekend I went to Killerton in search of some autumn leaves, but summer was still there, with loads of colour.
There was autumn colour to be seen at Killerton of course, but that will have to wait for another day, hope you enjoyed early autumn in East Devon.