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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 47 3 tors and widgery cross

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52 for 2021 Week 47 3 Tors and Widgery Cross

28 Nov 2021 10:32AM  
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This week, once again accompanied by Mrs T, I headed off in very changeable conditions to see the famous Widgery Cross on Brat Tor then out via Arms Tor to Great and Little Links Tors. Although the forecast was for clear skies we did encounter some very low, and very cold, cloud whilst up on Great Links Tor.

Widgery Cross.

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That low cloud.

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We set off from the car park behind the Dartmoor Inn on the A386 in bright almost cloudless skies over High Down Ford towards Brat Tor and Widgery Cross.

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The skies were so clear that we could see last night’s Moon as we looked back over the Ford.

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We were soon on the steep climb up Brat Tor to the Cross, again clear skies with the occasional aeroplane leaving its trail above the Cross.

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Once on top of the Tor the Cross stood out well against that clear blue sky.

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From the high vantage point of Brat Tor there are spectacular views 360 degrees.

Looking Southwest towards Brentor Church with Cornwall in the distance.

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Looking Northwest towards our next destination, Arms Tor, with Lydford Common in the distance.

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It wasn’t long before we were on Arms Tor amongst its many amazing rock formations.

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From Arms Tor we headed up towards Great Links Tor and that low cold cloud.

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The cloud was moving quickly on a strong wind from the North.

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The cloud was still evident on Great Links Tor these shots were less than a minute apart.

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We had lunch at Little Links Tor (the small one on the left of shot) sheltering from the wind before moving off back to Great Links and heading back to the car.

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We worked our way back from Great Links towards Arms Tor again the cloud still evident.

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The views from up here are grand indeed.

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Looking far to the East you can just make out Rippon Tor and Haytor Rocks in the far distance.

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We skirted past Brat Tor on our way back via High Down Ford, looking back from the bridge we saw a very different cloud formation over Brat and Arms Tors.

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The cloud was quite spectacular looking South towards the car park.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 46 foggy day – haytor quarry

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52 for 2021 Week 46 Foggy day – Haytor Quarry

21 Nov 2021 10:01AM  
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This week, once again accompanied by Mrs T, I headed off in rather misty/drizzly conditions to our “Plan B” destination, Haytor Quarry armed with my Fuji GFX 50S.

Main Quarry.

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Just inside the entrance.

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The original plan was to go out to Brat Tor (Widgery Cross) then out to Bleak House back via Arms Tor, however, the weather wasn’t good for such a long walk on open Moor particularly since the purpose of these walks is photography and visibility was very poor. I had packed my Bronica film kit for the long walk but when I looked out in the morning I knew I would need to re-pack more weather resistant kit.

This view from home looking over to the high Moor we can normally see Tors.

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Having re-packed and arrived at the Haytor Visitor Centre the weather was deceptively clear.

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As we set off up to the Quarry entrance I looked back and saw what was following, good decision I thought.

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I took this shot on my X-T2 as we were walking up to the entrance.

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And this one about 30 seconds later……….

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All day the weather came in and out bringing drizzle on the wind which was mostly in our faces/lenses making photography difficult at times.

Anyway we soon arrived at the entrance, the drizzle had passed through again.

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Inside the Quarry there is lots to photograph but again that drizzle kept getting in the way, I would shoot something with the X-T2 as a safety shot then set up the GFX on the tripod for the main shots, often by the time I had the tripod out and GFX mounted the drizzle would hit us again, it was as if it was waiting for the GFX. Also the wind inside the Quarry although less strong didn’t have a main direction it was swirling annoyingly ending up on the lens front filter.

I like to use the GFX’s 65×24 Panoramic aspect ratio with the 23mm lens for these type of shots.

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Sometimes though a little more top and bottom works just as well.

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There’s lots of evidence of the quarrying like this old equipment.

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And the jagged nature of the rock faces (I thought these looked a bit like faces).

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Nature is taking it back though.

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The upper slopes have well established scrub and trees.

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We set off back to the car again the weather was coming in and out, I took this shot just out of the Quarry.

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And this one about a minute or so later, the squall having moved through.

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Once again as we went down to the car the mist was up on Haytor Rocks.

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A couple of minutes later it was gone again, the story of the day really.

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Anyway, that’s all for this week folks, no Ponies or wildlife again, sorry. As always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 45 nuns cross fm & crazywell pool

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52 for 2021 Week 45 Nuns Cross Fm & Crazywell Pool

14 Nov 2021 9:53AM  
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This week, once again accompanied by Mrs T, I headed off to Nuns Cross Farm via Down Tor Stone Circle then Back to Norsworthy Bridge via Crazywell Pool. I took the Bronica 6×6 Film kit loaded with Portra 400 to try to get some film shots along the way. The weather changeable with drizzle and wind for much of the walk, not forecast.

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Crazywell Pool.

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Nuns Cross Farm

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We set off from Norsworthy Bridge car park in cloudy sunshine though the sun was quite low and not very strong.

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We went up to Snappers Tor aka The Miniscule Sausage Area where I first set up the Bronica, however, by the time I was set up and metered etc the drizzle came in on a wind into the lens so a shot wasn’t possible. We thought we might wait it out but a party of School children arrived and climbed all over the rocks. I had already taken a shot on my Fuji X-T2 though.

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We left the kids with the rocks and headed over to Down Tor, the weather was looking a bit poor.

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Looking back towards Burrator Reservoir we could see more squall on its way. Hey-Ho you work with what you get.

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To the North the weather looked a bit brighter.

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We soon arrived at the Down Tor Stone Row, I’ve shot this before with the Bronica but I thought it was worth a go this visit anyway so I set up.

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Although I won’t see the film shots for a while yet (I only made 3 shots because of the weather) here’s what I was looking for courtesy of the X-T2.

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After the Stone Row we headed towards Nuns Cross Farm following the track through the stones up to a large Enclosure.

This is a shot looking South along the Stone Row.

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The Enclosure is one of the largest I have seen and needed a 3 shot stitch with a 10mm (APSC) lens to get it all in.

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Our route to Nuns Cross Farm took us past some disused Tin Workings, although I have walked this part of the Moor extensively this is the first time I remember seeing this place and I will re-visit it as a shoot in better conditions, it is quite close to Nuns Cross Farm but off the main tracks.

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The Leat comes out from underneath the wall.

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This tree and ruin are well worth another visit.

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From here it was a surprisingly short walk to Nuns Cross Farm where we had lunch in the lee of the buildings. This was another target for a Bronica shot, again I’ll not see the film for a while but here is an X-T2 shot of what I am expecting.

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After Nuns Cross Farm we headed back towards Burrator Reservoir and the car, the way back was mostly tracks except where we jumped off track to get photos. This is “Older Bridge an old Clapper Bridge along the track.

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This rock and it’s growth are just beside the bridge.

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Along the way we could hear the Leat and at one point we could see a stone wall that was obviously part of the Leat infastructure.

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There were a few Stone Crosses on the way back.

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This one is just above Crazywell Pool and is called Crazywell Pool Cross.

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Crazywell Pool is odd, very steep sided and very deep, there are a couple of guys and a dog in this shot just beside the track scar on the left of the shot that show the scale of the Pool.

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On the way back there are some great views of Burrator Reservoir with Down Tor, Sheeps Tor, Leather Tor and Sharpitor in the scene.

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The rest of the way back to the car was via a very stony track through Raddick Plantation then on to Norsworthy Bridge. There were some nice views though.

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However the track got rockier as we reached the edge of the plantation.

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And worse still until we reached the car park, not the best after 6 miles of hiking.

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That’s all for this week folks, sorry there’s no Ponies or wildlife, as always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 41 ugborough and western beacons

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52 for 2021 Week 41 Ugborough and Western Beacons

17 Oct 2021 9:40AM  
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This week joined by Mrs T I went in search of Dartmoor’s southernmost Tor which some say is Ugborough Beacon but Western Beacon is almost as high and is further south. A quick Google finds both “Wikipedia” and “Tors of Dartmoor” listing Western Beacon as the southernmost hill (Wiki) Tor (Tors of Dartmoor). Furthering the confusion is that in the Dartmoor 365 Book by John Hayward he states that Ugborough Beacon is the southernmost Tor and that Western Beacon isn’t formally a Tor (but he does say that it is the southernmost hill) also in the Dartmoor Tors pocket guide by Janet and Ossie Palmer the Gazetteer of Dartmoor Tors only lists Ugborough Beacon. ??

Ugborough Beacon.

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Western Beacon.

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Our walk started below Western Beacon but I had seen a disused Quarry marked on the map so we went to have a look at that before setting off up Western Beacon. It turned out to be a lot less of a Quarry than I had expected.

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On the way to the “Quarry” we passed what appeared to be an old bridge long since disused/derelicted. Had we not got a long hike ahead of us I would have liked to go down to explore it but it will have to wait for another visit.

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We had more pressing matters (the beacons) so we went back to the Moor Gate and headed up Western Beacon.

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On the way up the first slopes we could see the rather quaint looking Mooraven Village.

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Western Beacon itself has been quarried but that isn’t evident from the map.

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It also has a rather odd group of rock piles on the Cairn.

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Once over Western Beacon we headed for Butterdon Hill which is also further south than Ugborough Beacon and is also known as Black Tor by some.

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The Stone Row points the way which takes you past the “Longstone” beside Black Pool (not the seaside town). This view looking back towards Western Beacon.

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On Butterdon Hill there is a Trig Point and from that point we could see across to Ugborough Beacon.

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But sadly looking to the West we could also see the scar of the Clayworks at Lee Mill.

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From here we could see Hangershell Rock, this was not on the original route plan but we decided to go over and have a look.

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Once at the Hangershell Rocks we took time out to have lunch in the lee of the rocks.

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From our lunch spot we could see across to Tristis Rock which is on my list of sites to visit but not for this trip, it sits on the opposite bank of the River Erme and needs to be approached from that side. Another day.

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As we moved away towards Ugborough Beacon looking back we could see all the way to Plymouth Sound.

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We made our way towards Ugborough Beacon.

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Passing Main Head which is the start of the spring/stream.

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Ugborough Beacon isn’t the biggest Tor I have visited but it does have some interesting rock formations.

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And some nice views.

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I spotted a Kestrel out looking for lunch, I managed to get a shot but I really don’t have the right kit for these kinds of shots (I’m a landscaper not a wildlifer).

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Anyway, it was now time to head off back to the car.

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On the way back we saw some curious things, this water hole seemed to be a natural drain for the rainwater into the stream below.

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We also passed this derelict building, not sure what it used to be though.

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Finally we got back to the Moor Gate and the car.

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We did see some Ponies on this trip though.

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That’s all for this week folks. As always, comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 42 tristis rock, piles copse plus

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52 for 2021 Week 42 Tristis Rock, Piles Copse plus

24 Oct 2021 10:34AM  
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This week I was alone again, after 3 straight days of heavy rain I finally got a break in the weather so headed back to the South Moor to shoot Tristis Rock and the Stalldown Barrow/Stone Row. In stark contrast to the miserable rain and mizzle of the previous 3 days it was all bright sunshine with a few fluffy white clouds but very harsh contrast. Hey-ho you take what you can get. My first stop was Harford Bridge over the River Erme which was running high and fast. Unlikely I would be able to cross it into Piles Copse.

Harford Bridge.

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Stalldown Barrow and Piles Copse (Sharp Tor on the right)

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Having found a parking space near the St Petroc’s Church (the main Harford Moor Gate Car Park is closed for the time being) I headed off down the road over Harford Bridge and cut onto the Moor just past Tristis Cottage.

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The track was well marked/used but very wet and rocky in places.

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It wasn’t long before I got my first view of Tristis Rock.

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After Tristis Rock I headed over to Stalldown Barrow, this is a fairly bland hill but a deceivingly hard climb with 2 or 3 false crests before you see the Barrow itself.

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The top of the Barrow seems to have been scooped out (or built up), not sure when this was done but I suspect rather more recently than the original build.

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Stalldown Barrow hill has lots of Settlement remains all the way up.

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More evidence of earlier life on here is the Stone Row.

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On top of the hill the wind was much stronger so I decided to lose some height before stopping for lunch, my next target was Piles Copse but I needed to get across the Erme if I wanted to shoot the trees in detail. There was a herd of Ponies and Cattle grazing in the lee of the hill.

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The lee side of the hill was surprisingly steep and rocky I found an outcrop to shelter in while I had lunch.

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From my lunch spot I could see the Erme Valley and the raging river far below me.

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I could see last week’s targets in the distance, Western and Ugborough Beacons.

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I scanned the river with my binoculars and determined negotiating the rocky descent would be wasted as there was no way I would be able to cross into the Copse so a distant shot was all I got, maybe another day?

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After lunch I decided to head back to the car back via Tristis Rock.

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I passed more Settlements on the way.

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Then found the track back to the road and eventually the car.

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On the way home I crossed Wisdome Bridge so I pulled over to grab a shot.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 43 a foggy day on dartmoor

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52 for 2021 Week 43 A Foggy day on Dartmoor

31 Oct 2021 10:33AM  
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This week I was alone again, the weather was unfavourable with heavy fog and rain. I decided to re-visit 2 Quarries near Princetown as I thought they would give me shelter from the weather and I would be able to get some detail shots in them. Once up on the Moor I found the fog was wetter than I had thought and the wind was coming from every direction. No matter which direction I pointed my camera I got moisture drops on the front elements. Hey-ho I pressed on.

Foggintor Quarry Main Entrance.

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Surprisingly the car park at the start of Foggintor track was full (I hadn’t realised it was School Half Term) but I found space by the old Pump House. I set off down the track feeling fortunate that the majority of my walk today was on tracks otherwise the 50m visibility would make navigation challenging.

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I planned to visit Swelltor Quarry first as I have only been there once before so might spend most of the day there but I had to pass Foggintor Quarry en-route. These are the main derelict buildings outside the Quarry entrance.

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As I got deeper into the Moor the fog got thicker, the track I was on went past the Quarry and I had planned to cut off up the hill directly to it but the visibility made that unwise.

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I could see the spoil mounds of the quarry through the fog.

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I followed the track until it turned back on itself up the now disused access track.

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Abandoned along the track were these rather ornate Granite posts, typical of the kind of things these quarries produced in the past.

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There were several smaller derelict buildings along the track.

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Further along the track was the largest and most recognisable building, probably the Captain’s Quarters.

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I thought this one deserved a bit more exploration.

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There were several mounds of what looked like spoil from the quarrying.

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I saw very little “wildlife” but this “Mountain Sheep” seemed to be surveying his patch.

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While I was in the thick fog I could hear loud voices in the distance, I couldn’t make out what they were shouting but I thought maybe stock gathering or something.

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Then the fog lifted for a moment and I could see what all the noise was about and as if on cue the Huntmaster sounded his horn.
Of course I didn’t have a lens nearly long enough.

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There were only these 2 riders so I assume that they were out exercising the Hounds rather than actually following a trail.

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I watched them for a while as they went along the old railway track I could just make them out in the distance on the track to the right of the shot, like I said lens too short.

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I turned my attentions back to the quarry but the access was such that I needed more visibility to safely get into the inner quarry.

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I looked around but it became clear that on my own in these conditions it would be foolish to try to get into the quarry so I headed off back to Foggintor Quarry.

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There were many examples of split stone along the way, I had to wonder how much notice the quarries got for closure as they both seemed to have just stopped production and left.

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I made my way along the track to the edge of Foggintor Quarry and found a spot to have lunch.

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I am much more familiar with this quarry so I was happy to explore, also there were people around so a bit safer all round. I found an entrance I was not familiar with and you could be forgiven for thinking I was back at Swelltor.

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There were some soldiers training in and around the quarry so I decided to do a circuit around the top rather than go into the main quarry, these 2 chaps were having lunch, hardly visible in the fog (bottom left quarter of frame).

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These Sheep were looking rather sorry for themselves in the thick fog.

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After my circuit of the tops of the quarry I looked at the ruins that are a feature at the entrance to it.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 44 wistman’s wood and some tors

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52 for 2021 Week 44 Wistman’s Wood and some Tors

7 Nov 2021 10:04AM  
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This week, accompanied by Mrs T, I headed off to find the Judge’s Chair on Crockern Tor and to get some woodland shots of the ancient Oak Trees in Wistman’s Wood returning via the high ground of Longaford and Littaford Tors. The weather was good for walking but the light was very harsh and contrasty for the photography.

Wistman’s Wood.

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The Judge’s Chair.

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When we left the car park the sun was strong and the skies were clear.

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It being Autumn the sun was low all day, we passed this rather tranquil scene Sheep grazing in the meadow and sunlight on the Copse.

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It wasn’t long before we were on the slopes of Crockern Tor looking for that chair, the harsh sunlight was making photography a challenge.

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Crockern Tor isn’t a big one but it does have some interesting rock formations.

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After Crockern Tor we set off for Wistman’s Wood, this is a very popular attraction even on a weekday, we saw several couples/groups on the well trodden track out to the wood. It wasn’t long before we got our first sight of the wood.

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When we got up to the wood it became clear that going into it with my large backpack and tripod wasn’t an easy option so I settled for some shots from the upper edge the light again was very contrasty including sky made it really difficult to control the dynamic range of the shots, Grad NDs to the rescue.

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Inside the wood was quite dark but still that contrast was there. The twisted Oaks are an amazing sight that the camera can hardly do justice to.

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After the wood we headed up to Longaford Tor to find a spot for lunch.

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There were Ponies on the slopes but not close enough to get portraits.

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From the slopes of Longaford Tor you look West over to the Military Firing Ranges (which were in use, red flags flying to warn us). Those ranges are a wilderness on their own and span for several miles northwards.

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We found a nice spot for lunch just at the base of the main Tor.

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After lunch we set off towards Littaford Tor through the rest of the rock formations of Longaford.

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Looking back towards the main Tor we thought it looked a bit like an Egyptian Pyramid.

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We were soon at Littaford Tor, this one has some nice rock formations.

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By now the weather was starting to change, incoming clouds warned of approaching rain.

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It was fine to the East.

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But looking West was a different tale, the lower clouds clearly had rain in them, we decided to head back to the car hoping to beat the rain.

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Looking back the rain was chasing us.

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But we managed to outrun it this time.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 44 wistman’s wood and some tors

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52 for 2021 Week 44 Wistman’s Wood and some Tors

7 Nov 2021 10:04AM  
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This week, accompanied by Mrs T, I headed off to find the Judge’s Chair on Crockern Tor and to get some woodland shots of the ancient Oak Trees in Wistman’s Wood returning via the high ground of Longaford and Littaford Tors. The weather was good for walking but the light was very harsh and contrasty for the photography.

Wistman’s Wood.

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The Judge’s Chair.

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When we left the car park the sun was strong and the skies were clear.

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It being Autumn the sun was low all day, we passed this rather tranquil scene Sheep grazing in the meadow and sunlight on the Copse.

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It wasn’t long before we were on the slopes of Crockern Tor looking for that chair, the harsh sunlight was making photography a challenge.

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Crockern Tor isn’t a big one but it does have some interesting rock formations.

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After Crockern Tor we set off for Wistman’s Wood, this is a very popular attraction even on a weekday, we saw several couples/groups on the well trodden track out to the wood. It wasn’t long before we got our first sight of the wood.

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When we got up to the wood it became clear that going into it with my large backpack and tripod wasn’t an easy option so I settled for some shots from the upper edge the light again was very contrasty including sky made it really difficult to control the dynamic range of the shots, Grad NDs to the rescue.

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Inside the wood was quite dark but still that contrast was there. The twisted Oaks are an amazing sight that the camera can hardly do justice to.

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After the wood we headed up to Longaford Tor to find a spot for lunch.

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There were Ponies on the slopes but not close enough to get portraits.

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From the slopes of Longaford Tor you look West over to the Military Firing Ranges (which were in use, red flags flying to warn us). Those ranges are a wilderness on their own and span for several miles northwards.

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We found a nice spot for lunch just at the base of the main Tor.

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After lunch we set off towards Littaford Tor through the rest of the rock formations of Longaford.

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Looking back towards the main Tor we thought it looked a bit like an Egyptian Pyramid.

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We were soon at Littaford Tor, this one has some nice rock formations.

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By now the weather was starting to change, incoming clouds warned of approaching rain.

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It was fine to the East.

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But looking West was a different tale, the lower clouds clearly had rain in them, we decided to head back to the car hoping to beat the rain.

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Looking back the rain was chasing us.

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But we managed to outrun it this time.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 43 a foggy day on dartmoor

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52 for 2021 Week 43 A Foggy day on Dartmoor

31 Oct 2021 10:33AM  
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This week I was alone again, the weather was unfavourable with heavy fog and rain. I decided to re-visit 2 Quarries near Princetown as I thought they would give me shelter from the weather and I would be able to get some detail shots in them. Once up on the Moor I found the fog was wetter than I had thought and the wind was coming from every direction. No matter which direction I pointed my camera I got moisture drops on the front elements. Hey-ho I pressed on.

Foggintor Quarry Main Entrance.

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Surprisingly the car park at the start of Foggintor track was full (I hadn’t realised it was School Half Term) but I found space by the old Pump House. I set off down the track feeling fortunate that the majority of my walk today was on tracks otherwise the 50m visibility would make navigation challenging.

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I planned to visit Swelltor Quarry first as I have only been there once before so might spend most of the day there but I had to pass Foggintor Quarry en-route. These are the main derelict buildings outside the Quarry entrance.

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As I got deeper into the Moor the fog got thicker, the track I was on went past the Quarry and I had planned to cut off up the hill directly to it but the visibility made that unwise.

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I could see the spoil mounds of the quarry through the fog.

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I followed the track until it turned back on itself up the now disused access track.

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Abandoned along the track were these rather ornate Granite posts, typical of the kind of things these quarries produced in the past.

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There were several smaller derelict buildings along the track.

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Further along the track was the largest and most recognisable building, probably the Captain’s Quarters.

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I thought this one deserved a bit more exploration.

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There were several mounds of what looked like spoil from the quarrying.

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I saw very little “wildlife” but this “Mountain Sheep” seemed to be surveying his patch.

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While I was in the thick fog I could hear loud voices in the distance, I couldn’t make out what they were shouting but I thought maybe stock gathering or something.

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Then the fog lifted for a moment and I could see what all the noise was about and as if on cue the Huntmaster sounded his horn.
Of course I didn’t have a lens nearly long enough.

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There were only these 2 riders so I assume that they were out exercising the Hounds rather than actually following a trail.

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I watched them for a while as they went along the old railway track I could just make them out in the distance on the track to the right of the shot, like I said lens too short.

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I turned my attentions back to the quarry but the access was such that I needed more visibility to safely get into the inner quarry.

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I looked around but it became clear that on my own in these conditions it would be foolish to try to get into the quarry so I headed off back to Foggintor Quarry.

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There were many examples of split stone along the way, I had to wonder how much notice the quarries got for closure as they both seemed to have just stopped production and left.

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I made my way along the track to the edge of Foggintor Quarry and found a spot to have lunch.

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I am much more familiar with this quarry so I was happy to explore, also there were people around so a bit safer all round. I found an entrance I was not familiar with and you could be forgiven for thinking I was back at Swelltor.

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There were some soldiers training in and around the quarry so I decided to do a circuit around the top rather than go into the main quarry, these 2 chaps were having lunch, hardly visible in the fog (bottom left quarter of frame).

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These Sheep were looking rather sorry for themselves in the thick fog.

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After my circuit of the tops of the quarry I looked at the ruins that are a feature at the entrance to it.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 42 tristis rock, piles copse plus

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52 for 2021 Week 42 Tristis Rock, Piles Copse plus

24 Oct 2021 10:34AM  
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This week I was alone again, after 3 straight days of heavy rain I finally got a break in the weather so headed back to the South Moor to shoot Tristis Rock and the Stalldown Barrow/Stone Row. In stark contrast to the miserable rain and mizzle of the previous 3 days it was all bright sunshine with a few fluffy white clouds but very harsh contrast. Hey-ho you take what you can get. My first stop was Harford Bridge over the River Erme which was running high and fast. Unlikely I would be able to cross it into Piles Copse.

Harford Bridge.

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Stalldown Barrow and Piles Copse (Sharp Tor on the right)

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Having found a parking space near the St Petroc’s Church (the main Harford Moor Gate Car Park is closed for the time being) I headed off down the road over Harford Bridge and cut onto the Moor just past Tristis Cottage.

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The track was well marked/used but very wet and rocky in places.

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It wasn’t long before I got my first view of Tristis Rock.

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After Tristis Rock I headed over to Stalldown Barrow, this is a fairly bland hill but a deceivingly hard climb with 2 or 3 false crests before you see the Barrow itself.

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The top of the Barrow seems to have been scooped out (or built up), not sure when this was done but I suspect rather more recently than the original build.

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Stalldown Barrow hill has lots of Settlement remains all the way up.

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More evidence of earlier life on here is the Stone Row.

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On top of the hill the wind was much stronger so I decided to lose some height before stopping for lunch, my next target was Piles Copse but I needed to get across the Erme if I wanted to shoot the trees in detail. There was a herd of Ponies and Cattle grazing in the lee of the hill.

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The lee side of the hill was surprisingly steep and rocky I found an outcrop to shelter in while I had lunch.

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From my lunch spot I could see the Erme Valley and the raging river far below me.

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I could see last week’s targets in the distance, Western and Ugborough Beacons.

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I scanned the river with my binoculars and determined negotiating the rocky descent would be wasted as there was no way I would be able to cross into the Copse so a distant shot was all I got, maybe another day?

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After lunch I decided to head back to the car back via Tristis Rock.

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I passed more Settlements on the way.

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Then found the track back to the road and eventually the car.

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On the way home I crossed Wisdome Bridge so I pulled over to grab a shot.

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That’s all for this week folks, as always comments welcome.

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