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magical forest

magical forest
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1994-03-29
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon T70, @ ISO 100
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-04-07 14:04
Viewed: 11753
Points: 14
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Dear TN Friends,
Today another spring shot from my archives. This time spring 1994 on the British Islands - memories from spring vacation during my TEMPUS exchange year in UK. That time I went for hiking in the Dartmoor National Park. It really enchanted me with its isolation, feeling of space, moorlands and remnants of long gone misterious inhabitants of this land - stone circles, standing stones etc. The weather was very gloomy with heavy clouds, mist and almost constant drizzle. One day, hiking in a wide valley along the banks of the West Okement River I found this forest. It amazed me as these oak trees grew among huge stones and were not taller than some 2-2.5 meters. I felt like a giant there. But even more striking in this otherwise gloomy area was the presence of enormous amount of vividly green mosses and variously coloured lichens overgrowing the stones and the trees. It looked like a forest in which you could find every fairy-tale creature you could imagine...

The forest was:

Black-A-Tor Copse National Nature Reserve
This ancient forest is composed of pedunculate oaks (Quercus robur) and surrounded by moorlands supports one of the richest moss and lichen communities in Britain. Altogether there are 44 species of mosses and liverworts and 133 species of lichen recorded in this forest. Among the rarest in Britain are Bryoria smithii and Parmelia disscordans.
Some of the lichens you may see in my workshops: here and here.

For birdwatchers this is also one of the best places in Dartmoor to observe nesting ring ouzels (Turdus torquatus).

This shot was taken on Fujichrome RD100 35 mm slide flim. The slide was scanned with Plustek OpticFilm 7200i scanner.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-04-07 14:57]
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Witaj Michal,
to ciekawy i piękny krajobraz.
Piękne kolory i szczegóły, bardzo dobry tym POV.
Piękny wieczór,

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  • nat Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 24] (82)
  • [2010-04-07 17:33]

Hi Michal,
This is a great shot. I'm glad you pulled it out of your archives! You took the shot at such an angle that we feel like we are surrounded by the lush green mosses.

Great note, Thanks for sharing!


Amazing picture of this magical forest.
Beautiful colors in yours photo.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-09 4:31]

Hello Michal,
Very intersting and most beautiful posting! I like the way you show us this mossy stones and trees, it looks really very mysterious and magical!!
Excellent light-management too. I was in a forest a few days ago and I took also pictures in this spirit.
I also thank for the additinal pictures to show us the tinier vegetation.
Great posting!
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Michal

A wondeful image here. The capture of the moss on the rocks in this lighting is awesome. Nice work


Czesc Michal! Wspaniale miejsce. Dziwowisko natury. Swietny opis, masa ciekawych informacji. Samo zdjecie z gatunku Hi Fi. Klaniam sie!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-28 5:14]

hi Michal.
superb. how much I like this view. Very well composed in a stunning composition. how i like the rock with green mosses and the tree branches in an artistic view.
It is really enchanting.
well done it is such a pleasant view.


Hi Michal,
I miss you MF... Fantastic scene, photo + scanner. :) Beautiful composition, the whole scene is like photographed in the tropical area. Top class colors, sharpness and composition. A professional shot without doubt. Bravo.
Best regards, I hope to hear from You soon, László (Wladyslaw)

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