Well had a bit of a Tog packed weekend (oh and I did get out for a good road ride too) so thought I’d blog the lot together. It’s taken me a while to process the shots hence the delay in blogging….
Not having shot Dartmoor for oh, over 5 days LOL, I felt the need to grab a sunset. It’s getting addictive this sunset chasing! I had looked at Easdon Tor from afar many times both cycling and walking and thought Friday night was the night. I ended up parked in a farmers gateway, hoping he did not need his silage during the summer….. Sorry.
I still took me about 25 mins to walk to the top. On the way up the gorse was blooming which was a very nice sight. It’s getting near the solstice now so sunset is around 9.15pm which means you don’t get much time if any when your back to process – shoot then back for bed. Well we were in for a treat that night as a few local togs I conversed with afterwards, and submitting pics to the Met office, led us to believe we saw some rare lenticular clouds. There was also a nice rolling cloud too.
The skies lit up as the sun wend down behind some cloud giving a wonderful pink hue. Tried various POV’s but it’s a fab view down the lush valleys from the Tor however the ticks were enjoying the tor too and my legs too 😉
The next day my wife and I had a leisurely morning as we made our way down to South Milton Sands in the afternoon for some grub and the sunset. We got there about 5pm and the tide was out but having checked the tide times the tide at 9pm was going to be coming in about 1/2 way. We had a lovely meal (whole dressed crab and chilli prawns) at the Beachouse on the beach then had a walk as I reccied the beach – I found it hard to get a POV I wanted and it kept changing as the tide came in. overall a nice if cloudless sunset but not quite the POV from Bantham the week before but you win some, you lose some.
The Sunday we just went for a walk at Steps Bridge near Chagford (after a 60km road ride) and I just took my 100mm macro and captured a few nice bug shots and wildlife. The butterflies were less jittery and most of the insects and flowers stayed put enough to capture them which helps LOL. It’s becoming a warm and green landscape once again but seems to have taken its time to get there this year. The Acorn Weevil, the Black Veined White Butterfly and the Cardinal Beetle were highlights 🙂