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A couple of days ago, we decided on a Dartmoor walk.  We went, randomly, to Princetown, which is the town in the middle of Dartmoor with the monstrous prison.  But it turned out that a very large number of the people of Devon had also gone to Princetown for a walk, and it was humming.  Also, because Princetown is right in the middle, you can't just walk out in any direction onto the moor, you are corralled onto neatly-fenced footpaths.   This was not what I had in mind, so we fled, and instead stopped randomly near Merrivale and headed for a convenient tor.    This was a lot more pleasingly spacious.

It clouded over as we went up, and fingers of sun were reaching through the clouds to the South.

On top of Great Mis Tor, looking North, there is no sign of human beings apart from that little square box thing.

We went around the tor and headed back down.
Looking behind at Great Mis Tor with Little Mis Tor in front of it.   The cloud came down again and I think it is raining again up there already, even though we were in golden sunlight.

I love the way the light creates layers of silhouettes.  I think that we are looking over the valley of the River Walkham here, and one of these tors is King's Tor, but I wouldn't want to bet on it.  I could have worked it out if I'd sat down with my compass and map, but everything was too damp to make sitting very inviting.

This one makes me laugh.  Brythen hurrying to catch up with Pp.  He finds Pp much more interesting than me because he doesn't dwardle with the camera.

Then in the evening we went and saw the Rogue One film.   I found it a bit boggling at first, with so many characters introduced so quickly, and had the sense that there were references flying past that I was missing, but in the end I warmed to it.  Not sure how I'd have felt if I had not been spoilered for the ending though, so was ready for it.     I think I would probably have liked Jyn Erso better if her story had been a little more different from Rey's, although perhaps that's being a bit picky.   I took a great liking to the pilot, Bodhi for some reason.  I think because he seemed so baffled and unviolent and generally 'wtf is doing on' and yet was still determined to do the right thing.

Today I did some carving while watching The Last Dragonslayer.  I didn't have high expectations of it, but it was really watchable with lots of good lines.  I loved the idea of a fantasy Kingdom of Herefordshire with fantasy supermarkets and fantasy electricity.  And dragons, of course.  And the dragon ecology idea where dragons are part of the ecology and you can't just wall them off into a reserve was brilliant.

Happy New Year all!  I hope all you lot who have had bad years will have much better ones next year and that the people who have had good years will have more of them.  It would be great to have a year where the bad things are all for bad people for a change. 


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1st Jan, 2017 00:12 (UTC)
What stunning landscapes! The dogs are looking particularly elegant in these shots. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I think the second from the bottom.
1st Jan, 2017 21:28 (UTC)
It's very hard not to go on just photographing and photographing on Dartmoor when the light is so good. The art is not to blunder into a bog and be lost forever while doing it!
1st Jan, 2017 00:48 (UTC)
If that's the 29th I was out in the Cheviots with no one around, and much the same kind of weather - it was lovely.

I love the layers of landscape in the photos - and Brythen determinedly deserting you!

Happy New Year :)
1st Jan, 2017 21:30 (UTC)
I thiiiink it was the 29th, yes - though I always have problems counting days between Christmas and New year!

I keep meaning to do a longer Dartmoor walk at some point and go away from the roads and the hordes that pour along them. Probably have to not take Pp though, he is not a long walker. The dogs would like it though!
1st Jan, 2017 12:19 (UTC)
Fabulous landscapes! I love that shot of dogs gazing heroically over the wide sweep of emptiness... and it all seems nicely collie-free.

Same here with the all the usual walks being absolutely heaving. I would have liked to take Max down to the coast, but I'm not sure I can face the crowds...
1st Jan, 2017 21:31 (UTC)
It was relaxingly collie-free. A few fat labs waddling with their families near the roads, but nothing else. I think the presence of sheep, even few and distant, may help in the collie-deterrent department!
1st Jan, 2017 17:01 (UTC)
Happy New Year! :-) *hugs*
1st Jan, 2017 21:32 (UTC)
And a very happy new year and hugs to you too! :-)
1st Jan, 2017 23:26 (UTC)
Lovely photos. I found Rogue One very interesting to watch as having seen it mentioned that it slots in before Star Wars I had an inkling of what was supposedly going on and just watched what happened. I did find it very hard at the end when I considered what a shite life Jyn has had. That last line about hope had me in tears though given the recent news.
2nd Jan, 2017 14:51 (UTC)
It was indeed a very sad ending - I felt a little for whoever CGI'd that last scene too, which no doubt was seen as perhaps less crucial than the CGI Tarkin when they were filming, but of course became such an emotional focus given the timing.

I thought it got better as it went along, which is the right way around - you don't want a movie to get more boring as you get towards the end, do you!
2nd Jan, 2017 05:07 (UTC)
Love the photos! So beautiful!
2nd Jan, 2017 14:49 (UTC)
Thank you!
2nd Jan, 2017 11:09 (UTC)

Is that a real life Dartmoor pony? This is the stuff of all my childhood books

2nd Jan, 2017 14:48 (UTC)
Well, it's certainly a pony on Dartmoor, whether it would meet the approval of the Dartmoor Pony society or whoever it is that arbits these things, I do not know! I have a feeling they are supposed to be slightly less gingery, but could be wrong.
3rd Jan, 2017 20:40 (UTC)
Doggies! PONY! As usual your pictures are very cool.
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