Phil Hemsley

Bowerman's Nose - Fine Art Print

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Bowerman's Nose - Fine Art Print

Bowerman's Nose, a striking stack of weathered granite on Hayne Down, at an altitude of 380m a.s.l. The pinnacle is about 21.5 feet (6.6 m) high and is the hard granite core of a former tor, standing above a 'clitter' of the blocks that have eroded and fallen from it.
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The view, in the transient light of late-afternoon on a winter's day, here extends towards Blissmoor Farm - with Cripon Down and Hameldown Tor beyond.
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A local legend relates that a huntsman called Bowerman lived on the moor about a thousand years ago. When chasing a hare, he and his pack of dogs unwittingly ran into a coven of witches, overturned their cauldron and disrupted their ceremony. They decided to punish him, and the next time he was hunting, one of the witches turned herself into a hare, and led both Bowerman and his hounds into a mire. As a final punishment, she turned them to stone. The dogs can be seen as a jagged chain of rocks on top of Hound Tor, while the huntsman himself became the rock formation now known as Bowerman's Nose.
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That afternoon I spent an hour up there watching the play of transient light and shadows upon the beautiful moorland countryside and the pillar itself, free-climbing some boulders in between the bursts of transient light... an immersion of the senses. It was cold and windy but it was a period of mindfulness, far from the hum of urban life – enjoying the ‘here & now’. An hour drifted by upon this hillside yet it seemed like ten minutes. Meditation with eyes wide open.
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18 x 12 inch Fine Art Giclee Print, with Mount £75 FREE UK Mainland Postage.

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