Golitha Falls

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    Golitha Falls is a wooded stream that's situated to the north of Cornwall's wild and desolate Bodmin Moor: a couple of miles to the northwest of Liskeard and just west of the tiny village of St Cleer. The falls lie on the River Fowey in glorious, verdant setting, a wooded canopy, and the river passes over a series of cascades for eight hundred yards or so. The whole Golitha reserve consists of old oak, ash and beech trees, which occupy the sides of a steep-sided valley gorge, a remnant of an ancient woodland which once covered much of the surrounding area. The falls are reached via a footpath through the woods which commences opposite the car park. The trail snakes through attractive beechwoods along the banks of the River Fowey. These beeches are notable for the lichens festooning their upper branches, and the trees are (thankfully) protected by a "Tree Preservation Order"! The unusual name is pronounced 'Goleetha' and is derived from the old Cornish word for "obstruction".

    If you're into photography and find yourself down in Cornwall in the leafy seasons, this place is really worth a visit - I've marked it with geodata so you can find it. This river woodland is one of those places that actually looks and photographs much better when it is raining... and a flowing stream is always nice! Technically, well I honestly wasn't too wild about this shot myself because, like all people with a new toy, I overdid things with my new fisheye and the distortion is getting on my nerves. But, my son, Laurence, said it was his favourite, so clearly I had no choice but to post it =). I do sort of like it - it's lush, rich and all that, but I'm sure that I can make it better next year - the composition is a little off, and the moving water which isn't as delicate as I'd like to see it - I think I should try it with a polariser. As someone once said... "I'll be back!".

    Sadly, where I live, in the county of Surrey, England (that's just below London for those of you who are unfamiliar with English counties), there appears to be a total absence of fast-flowing streams like this, so whilst I'd love to have an opportunity to practise such "flowing water" shots, I'm restricted to 2 weeks of the year when I'm down in Cornwall during the summer. Annoying! Interesting though, looking again at this photo, it has actually made me realise something about my own photography - that maybe I have a thing for 'stuff that moves' - stars, clouds, water. As a photographer you're told that you should have a theme and although I've enjoyed a certain amount of success with portrait and macro stuff, I guess that perhaps I'm a 'movement' guy...

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    1. Jim Purcell 63 months ago | reply

      Fantastic Photo! Pentax tweeted about it.

    2. TriPodRoD 62 months ago | reply

      Very lovely shot.

    3. New Zealand Wild 58 months ago | reply

      Wonderful ! Its always good to see a nice forest stream from England.
      I saw very few when I actually lived there. This would look great in my Forest Streams group.

    4. * Johanna 58 months ago | reply

      Beautiful !

    5. Daniel_J_Clark1 58 months ago | reply

      above all, the composition is superb

    6. donyso 58 months ago | reply

      Vraiment pictural. Félicitations !

    7. cresarteecu 58 months ago | reply

      Preciosa toma.

    8. lorenzo2022 57 months ago | reply

      Beautiful water effect.. and nice green colour!!

    9. i2b.doz 57 months ago | reply

      Such a wonderful capture....

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    11. danny | PHOTOGRAPHY 57 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot!!!!

    12. VinVisible [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

      Breathtaking...I feel as tho I've entered Middle Earth!

    13. Paul Malandain 56 months ago | reply

      i feel refreshed from looking at this image, great work!

    14. Luco50d 56 months ago | reply

      Fantastic unreal water ! Beautiful and relaxing picture.

    15. Gaylejw 53 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot! I want to go there...... And take pictures.....

    16. wivvy is getting there. 53 months ago | reply

      Quite simple really but so beautiful. The low angle, lush greens and silky water just makes it into another wow.

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