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Picture this: Moor to sea…

Yes, Spring is here and the weather is beginning to improve, which means there are suddenly a wealth of photographic possibilities out there, just waiting to be captured.

Last weekend, Audrey and I made a quick stop at Woody Bay Steam Railway, in Exmoor National Park, so I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures before we made our way back home and went for a walk (or scoot) along the river Taw estuary, where I snapped a few more.

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Devon; there is always more to see.

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

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Hi there, I hope you all had a pleasant Easter weekend and that those of you with an additional bank holiday are enjoying your work-free Monday.

Monday now also means K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, the new feature that launched last week, the purpose of which is to showcase the various creative ways that photographic effects, editing, filters and manipulation can enhance and/or make an image something more akin to art than mere photography.

After last week’s willfully overblown and in-your-face editing frenzy, I thought I’d go the other way for the second edition and use some subtle toning and contrast adjustments to give this shot of Woody Bay steam railway station on Exmoor, (which Audrey and I visited yesterday) a bit of extra atmosphere…

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Now it’s time for you to hop on over to check out K’lee’s photo for today on Obzervashunal and also for you to take part!

Just post a photo on your blog, linking back here or to K’lee’s blog, either by executing a pingback to one of today’s posts or leaving a link in the comments.

(The only criteria for the challenge is that the photo should involve some type of editing, effects, post production work or filtering. Even black and white photos or those that use Instagram filters; anything that adds an artistic interpretation to the original image)

Go on, get creative.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Photography

 

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Photo Sans Frontiers reblog: Devon skyline…

From dusk until dawn, there’s always a spectacle in the sky over Exmoor at this time of year.
Here are some recent examples from the latest post on my photo-blog, Photo Sans Frontiers; if you haven’t visited it yet, pop over and check it out…

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At this time of year, I manage to catch the sunrise and the sunset on my way to and from work, on the edge of Exmoor National Park.
Here are a few from the last couple of days.

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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Photo Sans Frontiers, Photography

 

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Picture this. Valley of the rocks…

If you carry on down the hill from Watersmeet car park, you will come to the road for Lynton and Lynmouth, and whilst you’re in the area these are not to be missed.

Lynton, the topmost of the pair is high up on the seacliffs, overlooking the Bristol channel, and on a clear day you can see the Welsh coast.
The town itself has a thriving community of local artists, and there are many galleries to explore, and even an Arts and Crafts centre, showcasing the best of local creative talent.

The only way you should travel from Lynton, down to Lynmouth on the harbour below, is on the truly wonderful, water powered cliff railway, a marvel of Victorian engineering.
Once there, be sure to visit the Glen Lyn Gorge, discover the history of the Great Flood, and learn the extraordinary story of the overland lifeboat launch.

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But if you came seeking glorious scenery then why not take one of the Coast Path walks, and you couldn’t do much better than visiting the Valley of the Rocks.

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This breathtaking ice age dry valley, formed by coastal erosion, is famed for the high density of fossils in the Lynton beds -.some of the oldest known Devonian rock formations – it’s wandering herds of feral goats, and of course it’s stunning views.

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View from the coast path.

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Even the trees, sculpted by the wind blowing in from the sea, are works of art in themselves…

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…and if you’ve walked along the coast path from where your car is parked instead of driving down into the valley, your reward is the views out to sea on the return journey.

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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Photography, Picture this., Travel

 

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Picture this. Watersmeet…

The North Devon coast has always been a magnet for visitors with a taste for rugged beauty. Writers and poets during the 17th and 18th century – Shelley, Wordsworth, J.M. Barrie, and C.S. Lewis, amongst others – have all come here seeking inspiration at one time or another.
And poet Robert Southey wrote about the area extensively, coining the term Little English Switzerland to describe the mix of sheer cliffs, deep ravines, and crystal clear river water.

The 340 acres of the Watersmeet estate, near Lynton on Exmoor, was originally owned by the Reverend Halliday, Lord of Countisbury Manor who built a hunting and fishing lodge at the convergence of two rivers, the East Lyn river and Hoak Oak water, in 1852.
The lodge still stands there, now owned by the National Trust, and run as a busy tearooms for much of the year.

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A perfect place to relax and watch the birds…

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…and feed them too.

The lodge is always a focus for wildlife, and you will always see dozens of finches, robins, tits, and if you’re lucky, woodpeckers and kingfishers. Even when we go there during off season when the tea rooms are closed, we are soon surrounded by birds posing for photos in exchange for picnic crumbs.

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The walk up the river from the lodge is never less than stunning, the walls of the gorge enclosing you in a private, leafy world, never without the sound of rushing water.

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There are plenty of places to rest on the journey upstream, and a bridge across the river to allow access to alternate routes of varying steepness back to the lodge.

The woods themselves are a delight, giving a dappled shade in hot weather, and a little respite from the occasional shower of rain you may get in a british summer too.

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You can visit Watersmeet ravine all year round, and the lodge reopens for the 2013 season around Easter. See the National Trust website for opening times, and we’ll see you there for a cream tea in the summer.

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