Age and Wisdom

A walk in the magic place that is Lustleigh Cleave on the eastern slopes of Dartmoor National Park, and you walk past old Oak and Beech spotted here and there with Birch.  All around you are gnarled trunks, twisted branches, and ropes of ivy entwined around the trees.  Blankets of moss spotted with lichens cover trees and granite boulders and the River Bovey streams past slippery boulder beds. Everywhere you look you are overwhelmed by age and forest wisdom.

I don’t mean wisdom in a human way, but wisdom in the sense that you are experiencing old woodland which due to its limited accessibility to man, was allowed to grow mostly unmanaged and neglected over centuries.  There is of course no such thing as untouched woodland, man has touched, managed, trashed, neglected or protected woodland either for convenience, or for commercial or tourist purposes at some point or another.  But at Lustleigh Cleave you are experiencing an environment that has had limited interference…

Age & Wisdom, Lustleigh Cleave, 2020 (Ink pen)

Age & Wisdom, Lustleigh Cleave, 2020 (Ink pen)