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Cheesewring Rocks, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall #3

Cheesewring rock formation on Stowes Hill, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

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During our two week holiday spent exploring the beautiful and dramatic landscapes of Devon and Cornwall my wife Liz and I made it a priority to spend a day driving and hiking around Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.

Bodmin Moor is a rugged and desolate granite upland, with a wild beauty that stirs the soul. (At least it does in good weather, which fortunately was the case on the day Liz and I visited!)

We started our adventure by fortifying ourselves with a Cornish cream tea (jam first of course!) in the small village of Minions on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor before hiking up to Stowes Hill, a granite tor that was capped with some extraordinary rock formations known as the Cheesewring.

This gravity defying inverted pyramid of weather eroded rocks is probably the biggest attraction in the area, but even so there were very few people enjoying the spectacle as Liz and I huffed our way to the top of Stowes Hill to admire the views.

Of course I took copious photographs during our hike, both ascending and descending from the summit, with this image showing one of the Cheesewring rock formations set against a slightly threatening sky.

Having reached the top we took a breather for half an hour or so while I filmed my real time video of the Cheesewring, together with the hundreds of still images needed to make my Bodmin Moor Time Lapse #2 clip.

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Filename - cornwall bodmin moor cheesewring 03

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 33mm

Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Stowes Hill, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod, remote release and mirror lockup used to prevent camera movement.