Dead Tree – Castle-an-Dinas

Dead Tree - Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major, Mid Cornwall

Dead Tree - Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major, Mid Cornwall

This image was taken at Castle-an-Dinas, a bronze age hill fort near St Columb. This dead tree is situated in one of the defensive earthworks that ring the top of the hill, and it is possible to walk all the way round the top of this site. Have a great Sunday.

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Big Sky over Castle-an-Dinas

Big Sky over Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major, Mid Cornwall

Big Sky over Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major, Mid Cornwall

For a lot of people summer means a clear blue sky, but for photographers a cloudless sky would be a big disappointment. Give them huge cumulus clouds or streaky cirrus any day of the summer. One reason I made this image was because of the sky which as you can see has some wonderful fluffy clouds. In fact the sky is the subject with just a small sliver of land at the base. Th jet trails would not be to everyone’s liking but they are practically unavoidable, though some photographers would clone them out of the picture, this level of retouching did not excite me.

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The View South-West from Castle-an-Dinas

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Panoramic view to the South-West from Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb. Mid Cornwall

The final image from my Castle-an-Dinas shoot and this time it’s another panorama. I wanted to capture some of the breadth of countryside this location has to offer and it seemed to me a panorama was the best way to achieve this. Although there is no particular focal point for this shot, it’s basically just the view as you would experience it if you were standing where I was when taking the image, I think it gives you an accurate representation of the experience of just standing there and breathing in the view. What this image does not give you, as represented here in a small scale photo, is the detail that can be seen when zooming in on the full size panorama. For instance you can just make out in the top-middle of the picture what appears to be some white posts, and which is in fact the wind farm at Carland Cross on the A30. Beyond I can just make out Carn Brea, which is probably 20 miles away. This of course is one of the limitations of viewing images on the web, detail is lost by having to reduce the size of pictures to fit into a web browser. You could of course visit this location yourself and experience the landscape at first hand, but in the meantime I hope my efforts to bring you some of the beauty of my county will suffice.

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The View North from Castle-an-Dinas

Dawn at Castle-an-Dinas looking North to Dennis Farm - Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb, Mid Cornwall

The last image from my Castle-an-Dinas shoot, this was actually one of the first I took as it was made just before dawn when the clouds above the windfarm were bathed in pink light. I think from these last four posts you get an idea of what a terrific location Castle-an-Dinas is. As you stroll around the circles you can imagine what it might have been like in the Iron Age when this hill was a fort, while at the same time admire the views from all points of the compass. There is a wealth of natural beauty all around you with something new to look at as you turn the next corner. It is one of Cornwalls hidden places and should be visited by all who love Cornwall

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Early Morning Mist over Goss Moor

Mist over Goss Moor

Early Morning Mist over Goss Moor

A companion image to my last post. This was taken from the southern side of Castle-an-Dinas looking south over the Goss Moor towards the factory units and the clay tips beyond. The mist is still in evidence though by now a little dissipated from the previous image. I like the way the plumes of steam/smoke stand out from the background and I was particularly pleased with the dramatic sky. I would probably not have bothered to take this image if there had been no mist as Goss Moor is not specially photogenic but the mist lends it an atmosphere which has transformed the view. I think I have one or two more images from this shoot, which I will post over the next few days, so come back soon. As always your comments are very welcome.

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Early Morning view from Castle-an-Dinas, Mid Cornwall

Early Morning view from Castle-an-Dinas, Mid Cornwall

Early Morning view from Castle-an-Dinas, Mid Cornwall

Another view from my recent shoot at Castle-an-Dinas, this time looking to the south-east towards the A30 corridor as it passes through Goss Moor. This was a shot into the sun about an hour after dawn and luckily the sun had risen enough to be above the clay tips in the distance, so with the addition of a lens hood to reduce flare I was able to get this shot. The form of the mist was constantly changing but I particularly liked the way the mist followed the line of the A30 in this shot. Also notable is the way electricity pylons stand out above the mist and look just like alien machines marching through the countryside, like Martian machines from ‘The War of The Worlds’ !

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Castle-an-Dinas Panorama

Castle-an-Dinas Panorama

The view to the north-east from Castle-an-Dinas towards Bodmin Moor

A misty morning in late November reveals this scene from the historic iron-age hill fort of Castle-an-Dinas. Castle-an-Dinas is a raised hillock, not immediately obvious as you approach it, situated to the west of Victoria just off the A30 trunk road. It comprises a series of concentric rings, originally used for defence which you can walk all the way around and from which there are superb countryside views from almost al points.

This view was taken from the north-east corner towards Rough Tor and Brown Willy on Bodmin Moor in the far distance. The mist was rolling in from the right of the image in the middle distance while the foreground was in bright sunlight. Once again I have sed a series of six images to construct the Panorama and which I think has worked very successfully. The next few posts will present some more images from this shoot which I hope you will enjoy

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Aerial view of Castle-an-Dinas

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New Image Gallery – Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major

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Northern view from Castle-an-Dinas, St Columb Major, Mid Cornwall

I have just uploaded a new gallery of images taken at Castle-an-Dinas, Near St Columb Major. This is the site of an iron-age hill fort which retains many of its original features including concentric rings of defence ditches. It is approached along the route of the old A30 from Victoria and then by a marked turn-off up a rough road at the end of which is a small car park close to the site. You can walk all the way around the site following the concentric defence rings, and from almost every point you can enjoy superb panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

There is a wealth of wildlife to be discovered here and I spotted heather, bell heather, birds-foot trefoil, ferns and grasses. When I was here which was in late August a particular feature was the bell heather which is a glorious rich pink colour and contrasts with the nore subdued colours of common heather.

Next time you are in this area do take the trouble to have a look, I am sure you won’t be disappointed. You can see more pictures from this shoot HERE