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Sunrise over the Tamar valley

I did a longer than usual walk on Friday ...

I like the way the low sun shines through the branches at this time of year.  It makes good sunbeams.  I tried photographing dogs coming through the sunbeams, but this is difficult because the dogs always seem to speed through the light bits and will never pause there long enough for me to fiddle with my lenses.

Buildings are more cooperative. These are part of the Gunnislake Clitters mine, which produced copper, arsenic, tin, and tungsten. Somewhat alarmingly, it also had uranium in it though apparently this was never deliberately mined. Given the size of the spoilheaps and the fact that the mine closed in 1919, when safety standards were not high and understanding of the nature of uranium somewhat minimal,  I'm not sure if this is  reassuring.  

View through the window of ? I think an old engine-house.  Brambles make good silhouettes

There was recently an episode of BBC's 'Sherlock' that was set on Dartmoor (a modernisation of Hound of the Baskervilles) It was a lot of fun. A vital plot point focussed on the presence of a minefield on part of the moor, and afterwards I came across a review that mocked the episode because of the unlikeliness of a minefield on a moorland so widely used by walkers and families. This struck me as a very peculiar criticism: there is live artillery firing on Dartmoor - and anyway, in a program filled with stylish improbabilities, why focus on that one? I did notice the minefield, and as a relatively-local, I did not think OMG, minefield on Dartmoor, how unlikely. No.

What I thought was "Goodness, those signs are nice and big and new, and isn't that good fencing!"  Compare this small, rusty sagging sign :-D   

I like the way the woods in this photo have a kind of crabby, just woken up look, as if the sun is coming in and the trees are shading their eyes and grumbling about it. 

This moss looked more pleased about the sunrise:

Coming back into the village, I got a rare glimpse of the river.  You can't see it across most of the valley because of the trees. 

Tags: cornwall, tamar valley, walks
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