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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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Smartphone Picture of the Week 16/10/21

Smartphone Picture of the Week 16/10/21

October 16, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Smartphone Picture of the Week, our online feature showcasing the best of your smartphone photography. Each week, we select and share favourite smartphone photograph taken by our online followers.


Fleur Schim

This week’s photograph is by Fleur Schim, using an iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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“Photography and imagery has allowed me to escape from the overwhelming sensory overload of current events. This creative diversion presents an opportunity to not think about anything other than what is in front of me. I’ve given myself permission to refocus my priorities and be present with what makes me happy.

I carry my iPhone everywhere I walk. There are so many anticipated and unexpected views in the nearby canyon and trails. Early morning scenes of the sun cresting the hills, birds, flowers, decaying trees and plants are often inspiration for later artwork. Clouds remain a favorite capture as I pay attention to my surroundings.

The ocean is my happy place. I love the atmosphere and mood. Arriving at the beach after a prolonged mandated absence was a joyous moment. This shift of my sense of self was uplifting. I felt like my senses were reawakened. The atmospheric qualities of the ocean and beach are evocative. This reawakening has been transformational as a result. My art has become more interesting and emotive.

I love watching surfers and people walking along the shore. I watch and wait until “my actors” are in the best position on this stage. This experience is absolutely captivating. These excursions have improved the quality of my life and enhanced my mood.

Mobile photography and the creative process of imagery allows me to be present. I am being kind to myself by giving myself permission to forget the outside world. This is a time for me to not think about anything other than what is in front of me. This mindful process is a creative retreat. I get out of my head, and get myself outdoors and into inspirational and transformative scenes.

I have found that through sharing my artistic passion, moments such as this, can also bring people together and inspire creativity. We are creating something positive from the ruins of isolation. These new creative alignments are restorative. I’m enjoying my creative process more and pushing myself with greater expressive style.”

Find Fleur on social media:

Instagram: @fleurschim

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/169227457@N08

Facebook: Fleur Schim

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ePHOTOzine Daily Competition Challenge Winners Week 1 October 2021

ePHOTOzine Daily Competition Challenge Winners Week 1 October 2021

Find out who has won a 32GB MicroSD card with SD adapter courtesy of Samsung in our latest Daily competition challenges.

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Autumn Leaves

© BarbaraR

 

Winner!

The latest winners of our popular daily photography competition which takes place in our forums have been chosen and congratulations go to BarbaraR (Day 2 – Autumn Abstracts) who wins a Samsung 32GB Micro SD card courtesy of Samsung. This class 10 UHS 1 Grade U1 card offers read speeds 95MB/s and write speeds of 20MB/s. There’s a 10-year warranty included, and the card comes with Samsung’s 4-proof technology: water, X-ray, Magnet and temperature. The included SD adapter allows you to use the card across multiple devices.

 

Daily Competition Runners-Up

If you didn’t win this time, keep uploading your images to the daily competition forum for another chance to win! If you’re new to the Daily Competition, you can find out more about it in the Daily Competition Q&A. Please note that due to the current situation, there will be a delay in sending prizes out. 

 Well done to our latest runners-up, too, whose images you can take a look at below. 

 

Day 1

Autumn Landscapes

 

Day 2

Autumn Abstracts

 

Day 3

Spider’s Web

 

Day 4

Gardens In Autumn

 

Day 5

Rainy Days

 

Day 6

Orange Colour

 

Day 7

Autumn Reflections

 

Another Prize To Be Won

You’ll find the Daily Competitions, along with other great photo competitions, over in our Forum where you can win great prizes and see the latest daily photo contests. Open to all levels of photographer, you’re sure to find a photography competition that you can enter. Why not share details of competitions with our community? POTW winners also receive a Samsung memory card but this memory card is an EVO Plus 64GB MicroSDXC card with SD Adapter. To be in with a chance of winning, simply upload an image to our Gallery

 

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A Dramatic & Strong Portrait Of A Young Woman Wins ‘Photo Of The Week’

A Dramatic & Strong Portrait Of A Young Woman Wins 'Photo Of The Week'

A spell bounding studio portrait has been crowned our ‘Photo of the Week’ winner on ePHOTOzine.

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The Necromancer...

 

A striking portrait of a ‘Necromancer‘ which jumped right out of the Gallery at us has won our ‘Photo of the Week’ (POTW) accolade. 

Captured by sunsetskydancer, the portrait of his stepdaughter who does all of her own make-up (wowzers!) and everything about it just makes you stop to look. The eyes hold your gaze for what feels like an eternity while the post and facial expression tell you she’s a strong female who’s not here to mess around. The portrait is lit beautifully and we love the tones/colours, too. 

All of our POTW winners receive a Samsung EVO Plus 64GB MicroSDXC card with an SD Adapter courtesy of Samsung. To be in with a chance of becoming our next POTW winner, simply upload an image to our gallery where you’ll also find all of our past POTW winners.

Plus, going forward, we will also announce a new ‘Photo of the Year’ winner who’ll win a Samsung Portable SSD T7. Each POTW winner, 52 in total, will then have their image shared in a new POTW forum where, in January 2022, we will ask you all to hit the ‘like’ button on your favourite images. Then, the ePHOTOzine team will count up the likes and our first ‘Photo of the Year’ winner will be announced.

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Smartphone Picture of the Week 09/10/2021

Smartphone Picture of the Week 09/10/2021

October 9, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Smartphone Picture of the Week, our online feature showcasing the best of your smartphone photography. Each week, we select and share favourite smartphone photograph taken by our online followers.


Kai Seminuk

This week’s photograph is by Kai Seminuk, using a Samsung S21 Ultra.

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“I took this picture in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA . I wanted to actually get the picture of sunset with the sunflowers in foreground but it was late in the season and they were all pointing down as they had got too heavy. So I set up my tripod and took pictures of the wildflowers with my Nikon D850 and decided to snap a picture with my phone and that is what I had captured. I did edit it with Lightroom mobile but it was indeed captured with my Samsung S21 Ultra.

I had gotten into photography shortly after my father passed to keep my mind off of things.  Slowly I improved,  I force myself to shoot in manual mode so I have to think about the shot instead of the camera doing it for me. Now 8 years later I believe I am a little better.  Although many submissions to different photography groups, just never yielded any response until today.

I took this picture because I love landscape photography!  I love the colors and different compositions as they remind me of what beauty is around me that often people just walk past and forget about on their daily grind. It keeps me humble.”

You can find Kai on social media:

Facebook: Kaisphuckaroundphotos

Instagram: @kais0201

Website: https://kaiseminuk.picfair.com

Want the chance to be featured here on our website and across our social media? All you have to do is share your photographs taken on a smartphone on social media tagging #APSmartphonePicoftheWeek. You can also send in photographs to ap.ed@kelsey.co.uk with “Smartphone Pic of the Week” in the subject line.


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ePHOTOzine Daily Competition Challenge Winners Week 4 September 2021

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Arboretum

© Phillbri

 

Winner!

The latest winners of our popular daily photography competition which takes place in our forums have been chosen and congratulations go to Phillbri (Day 29 – Arboretum) who wins a Samsung 32GB Micro SD card courtesy of Samsung. This class 10 UHS 1 Grade U1 card offers read speeds 95MB/s and write speeds of 20MB/s. There’s a 10-year warranty included, and the card comes with Samsung’s 4-proof technology: water, X-ray, Magnet and temperature. The included SD adapter allows you to use the card across multiple devices.

 

Daily Competition Runners-Up

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 Well done to our latest runners-up, too, whose images you can take a look at below. 

 

Day 24

Market Stalls

 

Day 25

Motion

Stormforce Flow

 

Day 26

Good Weather’

 

Day 27

Mountain Landscapes

Nordfjellet, Lofoten Islands

 

Day 28

Forests

Keeping Fit

 

Day 30

Autumn Close-Ups

 

 

Another Prize To Be Won

You’ll find the Daily Competitions, along with other great photo competitions, over in our Forum where you can win great prizes and see the latest daily photo contests. Open to all levels of photographer, you’re sure to find a photography competition that you can enter. Why not share details of competitions with our community? POTW winners also receive a Samsung memory card but this memory card is an EVO Plus 64GB MicroSDXC card with SD Adapter. To be in with a chance of winning, simply upload an image to our Gallery

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Brighton West Pier Sunset Shot Wins ‘Photo Of The Week’

Brighton West Pier Sunset Shot Wins 'Photo Of The Week'

The pastel tones of sunset take centre-stage in our ‘Photo of the Week’ winning image captured of Brighton West Pier.

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Brighton West Pier Sunset

 

A beautiful long exposure seascape with the remains of Brighton West Pier standing proud from the tranquil waters has won our ‘Photo of the Week’ (POTW) accolade. 

The long exposure has turned the sea into a calm pool of light blue liquid that allows the skeletal Brighton Pier to stand tall and strong against a sunset sky filled with pastel shades. The tones are fabulous as is the composition of the shot which, even with the decaying pier, has a calming effect when you view it. 

It’s a lovely seascape capture that we like very much – well done PhilNewberry, your prize is on its way to you. 

All of our POTW winners receive a Samsung EVO Plus 64GB MicroSDXC card with an SD Adapter courtesy of Samsung. To be in with a chance of becoming our next POTW winner, simply upload an image to our gallery where you’ll also find all of our past POTW winners.

Plus, going forward, we will also announce a new ‘Photo of the Year’ winner who’ll win a Samsung Portable SSD T7. Each POTW winner, 52 in total, will then have their image shared in a new POTW forum where, in January 2022, we will ask you all to hit the ‘like’ button on your favourite images. Then, the ePHOTOzine team will count up the likes and our first ‘Photo of the Year’ winner will be announced.

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topsyrm’s latest blog : 52 for 2021 week 39 an old farm and older stones

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52 for 2021 Week 39 An old Farm and older Stones

3 Oct 2021 10:16AM  
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This week I was alone for various reasons, I re-visited some old haunts and found a new one. Ditsworthy Warren House was one of the first established and the last working Rabbit Farm on Dartmoor. It for many years served as a training feature for the military but its real claim to fame is that it was the location of the farm in the film War Horse.

Ditsworthy Warren House.

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During its MoD time it was maintained out of the Plymouth Naval Dockyard by apprentices.

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These shots are of the kennel compound where they kept their dogs which were used to keep predators at bay.

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On from Ditsworthy Warren House I went along the track towards Drizzlecombe to the stone row and Menhirs.

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I was following the cart track but as we have had some very heavy rain these last few days the track became washed out and very boggy. I could have waded my way through but this is supposed to be pleasure so I went round and found an easier path.

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First real sight of the smaller Menhir (about 8 or 9 feet).

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Once out of the bracken I could see the whole row and the big Menhir.

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The big Menhir is about 14-15 feet high and is an odd shape.

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Looking back from the top Menhir I could see the main stone row and in the distance the trees surrounding Ditsworthy Warren House, my way back to the car.

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After re-negotiating the bracken I got back on to the main track and before long I was looking at the back of Ditsworthy Warren House.

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On the way back I passed the head of Gutter Mire, looking down towards the old Scout Hut (now known as Gutter Tor Refuge) which is an outward bound type of building now which is used by both civilians and military to overnight.

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The track then led me under Gutter Tor.

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Once back at the car I decided to have some lunch before phase 2 of the walk whish was the search for Yellowmead Stone Circles which are reported to be the best example of concentric stone circles on Dartmoor (if not in the UK).
I set off to find them and as I was passing the Refuge some soldiers were setting out on a “Yomp”, we greeted each other and I remarked I thought my pack was big and heavy but then again I do have 50+ years on most of those lads.

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I wandered around in the area of the given Grid Ref looking for the circles which I was expecting to be spectacular, when I eventually found them I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed.

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They are much smaller than I had thought they might be and because the grass/reeds were high it was difficult to get a clear shot of their concentricity. I have seen photos of them on the internet and I now think they must have been shot using a Drone.

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As I made my way back to the car by a somewhat more direct route I saw the circles clearly (they are in the lower part of the shot in the second layer of foreground), if I had set out this way finding them would have been much easier. Once again better research would have made the task easier, it seems I will never learn.

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That’s all for this week folks, sorry no Ponies this time.
As always comments welcome.

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Smartphone Picture of the Week 02/10/2021

Smartphone Picture of the Week 02/10/2021

October 2, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Smartphone Picture of the Week, our online feature showcasing the best of your smartphone photography. Each week, we select and share favourite smartphone photograph taken by our online followers.


Jasna Lukic

This week’s photograph is by Jasna Lukic, using an iPhone 11 Plus.

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Jasna says “I am an amateur photographer and have been taking photos for a good part of my life, at least 40 years, and have had different SLRs. But I have been so pleased with the picture quality you get from the iPhone, I have become too lazy to carry heavy cameras.

I live in Sitges, near Barcelona, and this is the train I often take to go to Barcelona. This photo was taken a week ago in an almost empty train. You have amazing sea views as the rail tracks follow the coast line.”

Want the chance to be featured here on our website and across our social media? All you have to do is share your photographs taken on a smartphone on social media tagging #APSmartphonePicoftheWeek. You can also send in photographs to ap.ed@kelsey.co.uk with “Smartphone Pic of the Week” in the subject line.


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A Brilliant Photo Of An Osprey In The Cairngorms Has Won ‘Photo Of The Week’ Title

A Brilliant Photo Of An Osprey In The Cairngorms Has Won 'Photo Of The Week' Title

An Osprey taking off with a Trout grasped in its talons has won our ‘Photo of the Week’ accolade.

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Getting airborne

 

ePHOTOzine’s ‘Photo of the Week’ (POTW) award has been won by KevR who’s captured a beautiful Osprey taking off from water with its fish super. 

Getting airborne‘ is a brilliant example of wildlife/nature photography that’s full of action and power. We love the splashes that are frozen in time as the bird of prey grasps and takes off with the trout it’s caught. The Osprey’s eye is pin-sharp with the feathers full of detail, too, and the bokeh background helps this magnificent bird ‘pop’ from the frame. 

It’s simply a superb shot that’s well-worthy of our POTW title. 

All of our POTW winners receive a Samsung EVO Plus 64GB MicroSDXC card with an SD Adapter courtesy of Samsung. To be in with a chance of becoming our next POTW winner, simply upload an image to our gallery where you’ll also find all of our past POTW winners.

Plus, going forward, we will also announce a new ‘Photo of the Year’ winner who’ll win a Samsung Portable SSD T7. Each POTW winner, 52 in total, will then have their image shared in a new POTW forum where, in January 2022, we will ask you all to hit the ‘like’ button on your favourite images. Then, the ePHOTOzine team will count up the likes and our first ‘Photo of the Year’ winner will be announced.

 

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