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Burning the Gorse

By Anna_W  
Out on Dartmoor one afternoon under a beautiful but frustratingly clear blue sky, my eye was caught by what looked like huge billowing clouds on the horizon. On heading over to investigate, it turned out to be a team of Dartmoor Commoners carrying out controlled burning of the gorse (swaling) just above Venford Reservoir. Thankfully they weren't fussed about health and safety and let me wander through the gorse as it burned - I didn't even have to have a risk assessment Smile. As I was shooting towards the sun, the drifting smoke was backlit and the figures and twisted, burned gorse silhouetted against it.

Thanks for taking the time to look Smile

Tags: Landscape and travel Landscape and travel and Dartmoor and gorse and burning and smoke and swaling

Voters: Paulgc, buxton, MattB1987 and 115 more

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MattB1987 8 458 England
17 Mar 2012 7:08PM
Great silhoette, nice detail.

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Paulgc 8 4 1 England
17 Mar 2012 7:10PM
Absolutely stunning image, i am a huge fan of silhouette's and really love this image, well done.Smile
17 Mar 2012 7:14PM
This is truly beautiful and so evocative of an era now lost to modernism and technology. You really feel as though you have stepped back in time. Gorgeous, totally gorgeous.

Lizzie Grin
clintQB 8 51 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 7:25PM
stunning...this is so atmospheric......its like you could almost be there.....beautiful work
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
17 Mar 2012 7:29PM
Wonderful in every respect....

213hardy 11 719 England
17 Mar 2012 7:32PM

Quote:Stunning...this is so atmospheric......its like you could almost be there.....beautiful work

Enough said

JohnoP 14 2
17 Mar 2012 7:36PM
Beautifully done, great tones, atmosphere and timing. John
MHart 9 4 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 7:49PM
great silhouette, colours and atmosphere.
17 Mar 2012 8:01PM
Really like this, well done you. LisaSmile
Paintman Plus
13 1.3k 177 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 8:45PM
A really superb shot, but a little over-sharpened in places. Excellent work.

paskinmj 10 11 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 8:58PM
Great "Contra jour" shot here.
Karrol 11 29 England
17 Mar 2012 9:05PM
So simple but absolutely stunning capture. Well spotted and captured.
Would get my award!
Leilani 15 29 3 England
17 Mar 2012 9:24PM
Great image! Very dramatic and interesting! Smile
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 158 England
17 Mar 2012 9:41PM
Wonderful image, well worth the risk GrinGrin. Excellent composition, lovely layered silhouettes and salmon pink smoke.

franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 9:44PM
Superb image.

Irishkate Plus
9 41 115 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 11:39PM
Wonderful silhouette. Great colours. the others have said it all!
Superb.Grin Kate
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
18 Mar 2012 3:03AM
A superb image. You've captured it all perfectly............Sandy
Buffalo_Tom Plus
13 2.3k 9 Wales
18 Mar 2012 5:07AM
Fabulous silhouetted figure and mood captured.
posty57 11 6 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 7:12AM
This is stunning. I love it ! Smile

SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
18 Mar 2012 7:40AM
Wonderful b/g colour and excellent silhouette. So interesting and such an attractive image.
CaroleS Plus
9 440 3 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 9:37AM
Superb composition - Carole
Philip_H 7 12 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 4:09PM
Fabulous capture.

jeanie Plus
15 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 5:14PM
What a lucky opportunity and an amazing image! Grin
Anna_W 8 1 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 5:25PM
Wow, thanks to everyone who's voted and commented and to Peter for the EC - I've never had one before and I'm chuffed to bits Smile Thanks also to the Guest Ed for the award and to Paul, Clint, Den and Ed for their UAs ... really kind of you and much appreciated. I'll shut up now before I start sounding like Gwyneth Paltrow Smile
Superb image... Very well done!Smile
gajewski 15 10 9 United States
19 Mar 2012 7:10PM
This is a fantastically composed silhouette. I love your composition here and the limited color palette -- nice atmospheric look about this.
Baz72 10 30 Scotland
21 Mar 2012 10:20PM
Great image...have my award !!
13 21 6 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2012 5:20PM
Superb image Anna love it.Wink
Anna_W 8 1 2 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2012 9:33PM
Many thanks Kate, Brian and Poochie for the UAs - really kind of you Smile
2 Apr 2012 10:23AM
Brilliant - you are a constant inspiration to me Anna.
MandyD 11 16,777.2k 1 England
2 Apr 2012 9:43PM
Amazing work Anna, congratulations!!!
Sean_Dillon 10 2 2 England
6 Apr 2012 5:28PM
Stunning image
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 9:03AM
Just amazing SmileSmile
Stunning shot
10 May 2012 9:28AM
Wonderful shot!
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
10 112 38 Wales
30 May 2012 10:28PM
Outlander 10 88
22 Jun 2012 8:32AM
Here`s another Wow, how did i miss these. wonderful images
27 Jun 2012 3:58PM
I've been hoping to come across something like this for a long time while out on the moors. You've certainly captured the scene very well, Stunning shot Anna.
oll1e 12 57 2 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2013 6:31PM
That is very special Wink

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