magical forest (14)
|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.