The Ancient Dartmoor Woodlands

Darmoor Landscape

Despite the bad weather, we try to get outside whenever possible. Spending time in nature always makes me so happy and gives me energy to get through more gloomy and rainy days. There's something special about walking through endless landscapes, watching wildlife, breathing fresh air and soaking up beauty of nature. I love the feeling when everyday problems melt away and I can just relax and clear my head.

I think, I've never been checking weather forecast so often. Every time it seems that we could have a rainless day, we plan a day out. A couple of weeks ago on a rainless Saturday, we took a trip to Dartmoor. Cloudy weather made the landscape look even more dramatic and beautiful. I wasn't even missing sunshine this time. Everything was just perfect.

Black-a-Tor Copse is a National Nature Reserve. Part of the rough landscape is covered by an ancient oak woodland. These fascinating twisted oaks draped with the great variety of lichens and mosses are of national importance.

Did you know that lichens and mosses are very sensitive to air pollution and therefore are used by scientists as monitors of air quality? Lichens and mosses absorb everything that is dissolved in the rainwater. Lacking a protective outer surfaces they act like sponges soaking up and retaining all pollutants that rainwater contains. Acid rain that contains sulfur dioxide breaks down chlorophyll molecules which are responsible for the process of photosynthesis, and plants simply can not survive without photosynthesis. You can easily say what is the quality of air in your area by checking the amount of lichens and mosses growing on the trunks and branches of old trees.

The low levels of air pollution and high humidity in Dartmoor provide perfect conditions for lichens and mosses. I was quite fascinated by the beautiful scenery that has been created over hundreds of years. Rocks and trees covered by a thick soft layer of bright green moss looked like a scene from a fairytale.


Dartmoor
Dartmoor Oak
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Dartmoore branches
Dartmoor Pony
Beard Moss
Darmoor Beard Lichen

Dartmoor River
Dartmoor River
Moss cover brunches
Oak Woodlands
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Ancient Oak Woodland
Moss Dartmoore
Dartmoor gate

13 comments :

  1. A magical and haunting place! I wish I could visit Dartmoor one day... Your pictures are fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Gutted I missed it, looks so nice!

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  3. Wow and wow! I've never seen anything like this! It must have been amazing to see this live! I'm jealous!!! Now this place is on my bucket list thanks to you, Sari!!! :)

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  4. Such a beautiful place- hard to believe it's real. The moss and gnarled trees are stunning.

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  5. I know these moors so well and miss them dreadfully here in Dubai. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pics.

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  6. So amazing! Your beautiful photos make me think of the episode of Sherlock when they're out there.

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  7. Beautiful pictures! There's something lonely but at the same time fascinating about this place

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  8. I am really fascinated with your pictures, like all of them .)

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  9. I love you <3 my thesis work was on lichens... I worked on their systematics, but some friends of mine were studying H2S and metal accumulation... and also LBI. Have a good day!

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  10. How beautiful! Longing for a walk in the moors...
    Now I want to move to the UK even more!

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  11. Oh such beautiful photographs... I've never visited Dartmoor but it looks absolutely stunning.

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  12. We just loved our trips to Wales, England, and Ireland. To us, from the U.S., it's like fairyland. I love blogs that include travel photos so this was a wonderful journey this morning. Thank you!

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  13. Thank you all for the comments! Dartmoor is indeed a magical place. I'm so happy you liked my photos from this wonderful trip.

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