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Dartmoor – crosses, an abandoned farm house and a pony

1st June 2013

What a glorious day we all had on Dartmoor on the first day of June.  Where has all that lovely sunshine gone?  Of late it has been a bit wet to say the least and not very warm.  We were all a little bit weary by sunset but we stilled managed to use our cameras.

Windy Post at Sunset

Windy Post at Sunset

There are a few crosses dotted about Dartmoor.  This Windy Post, or Windy Cross as it is also known was probably a marker for a track  across the moor linking the abbeys of Tavistock and Buckfast.   It is believed this cross replaces a previous one from the 15th century and dates from the 1600s.  Below is an even more impressive cross standing over 6 feet tall.

Nun's Cross

Nun’s Cross

It is thought a cross has existed on this site from at least 1240; a wayfarer’s cross that marked an old monastic way.  Nearby is an old abandoned house, Nun’s Cross Farm.

Nun's Cross Farm

Nun’s Cross Farm

If you go to Dartmoor you have to look out for the lovely Dartmoor ponies.  We get back to the car at gone 9pm and  this lovely pony was there, as if waiting for us.

Dartmoor Pony

Dartmoor Pony


6 responses

  1. Art Quench Gallery likes your photography! We invite you to submit your photography to the gallery.
    You may contact me direct at sgates@ca.rr.com with any questions.
    Founder/Senior Curator
    Stacia Gates

    June 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    • Thanks for the invite.

      June 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

  2. Fabulous set of images Malcolm. I love the picture of Nun’s Cross Farm. Gorgeous colours and wonderful light in the first picture. Dartmoor is such a beautiful place and I’d say you’ve done it great justice with these photographs.

    June 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    • Thanks Adrian. The day had been too sunny! Not great for landscape photography. I like to think of Dartmoor as dark and moody so for the abandoned farm house photo I made two images, one colour and one black and white and in photoshop layers I used the opacity slider to blend the two together.

      June 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  3. So intersting to see the old crosses and learn about them. Very good photos too, all of them.

    June 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    • Thank you, Bente. We have lots of crosses in South West England, often in wild open spaces; a reminder that there were people here before us.

      June 26, 2013 at 9:04 am

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