Distant stands of trees
breaking the barren landscape
where a dry-stone wall
weathered but still eternal
frames the timeless common land
Ailsa has the most amazing photo on her site as part of her Sky theme. The one of Bonneville Salt Flats, have a look, I’m sure you’ll like it too. While you’re there, think about joining her challenge this week, everyone has good sky photos!
This is a local one taken on Dartmoor a few years ago.
The sun going down over Tunku Abdul Raman Park - the islands off of Kota Kinabalu.
Looking through the sky down to the Alps somewhere over northern Italy.
This one is on Borneo, I think the cloud is ascending through a hole in the sky.
To join in visit Ailsa, http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/11/29/travel-theme-sky/
Dartmoor in Devon is a National Parkthat has lots of exposed granite hilltops or Tors. The rock dates back to the carboniferous period and thrust through the surface around 280 million years ago. a variety of mineral ores have been extracted for centuries. Now we can see how it cooled into layers all those millennia ago.
Share your layers at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/weekly-photo-challenge-layers/
For my lazy poet Thursday I posted a photo of the Ten Commandments of Dartmoor and as Bulldog at http://visitstothepark.wordpress.com/ was intrigued I said I’d do a post about it. Each blue square on this map is just one kilometre but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a really easy walk, if your knees aren’t brilliant and you have asthma it is still exercise.
This is the view as you approach the stones, looking towards the beacon plantation. Incidently the Beacon here was lit as part of a chain of fires to mark both the millenium and the Queen’s jubilee.
So to the Commandment stones. In 1928 a local landowner William Whitely commissioned WA Clement, a stonemason from Exmouth to carve the tablets with 1547 letters at a cost of £50. Mr Clement lived in a hut nearby while he carried out the work which took about 9 weeks. As well as the Commandments there is a favourite quote of Whitely’s,
But there’s a power, which man can wield
When mortal aid is vain,
That eye, that arm, that love to reach,
The listening ear to gain
That power is prayer.
The stones were re-carved in 1995 by the Dartmoor National Park Authority. These are some more views from the beacon.
Enjoy the peace and clean air.
Perhaps a muddy cool down – I’ve shown you this one in an earlier post!
Smile if your knees aren’t completely wrecked!
Find a shady spot to dip your toes in the icy water.
and make sure the dogs are dunked clean!
I hope you enjoyed the walk and learning a little more about the Ten Commandments of Dartmoor.
My Dartmoor series continues with some contented locals.
Shelter beside rocks
grazing in peace without fear
Scotch black-faced ram sheep
shaggy fleece hangs soft and pale
soon they’ll fetch you for the shear.
The lazy poet is as much about words as photography, hence the image is small. You can click to see a larger version if you want. :-)
The Dartmoor series continues with a distant view of Brentor and I’ve posted a larger image then usual so that you can zoom in to the horizon and see the church.
St Michael’s tower atop volcanic cone
presiding over broad sweep of moor
with expanse of green pasture and hedge
and with barren peat soil to the fore
built on solid granite eight centuries past
you perch on sacred pagan land
with unconcerned remains of thirty nine
lying north to south beneath Christian floor
traces remain of what once was so fine
crafted Before Christ by sturdy hands
no longer standing the ancient hill fort
but in perpetuam it’s ghosts will hold fast
My Dartmoor series continues.
West Okement River
you ran through granite incision
you splashed your path
through blanket bog
already rendered barren
its nutrients washed away
by the rainfall of millennia
Neolithic sapien arrived
when ice age departed
devoided trees to hunt out
reached your western land
rock was quarried
iron path hammered
you were dammed
to quench the thirst of Devon