Crowdy Reservoir

Photographically I find Crowdy reservoir is a struggle. It’s one of those places that you think must offer something, being within sight of Roughtor on Bodmin Moor and in a spacious and otherwise mainly unspoiled setting. It’s not though. Attempts to relay the sparse and bleak views end up looking pretty boring to my eyes.

I generally take a camera on my walks there but end up using the binoculars more to see what species of migratory or local water birds have dropped in to rest and feed up. As one of the only expanses of fresh water for miles around, it forms a food rich and safe from predators drop-in spot for them.

There are a few hawthorns growing on the windswept banks at this elevation but otherwise it is given over to patches of regular fast growing plantation trees and sheep.

I found one viewpoint to make a frame with and then carried on viewing a pair of Great Crested Grebes and flocks of Canada Geese doing their thing out on the water with my binoculars.

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15 thoughts on “Crowdy Reservoir

  1. I’ve found this often with photographs when I’ve been somewhere scenic and hilly on holiday. It’s been breathtaking there in the flesh but back home the photographs are pretty boring! I think what works very well in your image here is having some foreground interest too. It really frames the landscape in the background. Notes taken for my next trip to somewhere scenic!

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    1. That’s the trick I think… and it’s the foreground interest opportunities that are missing up there. What I use often is getting myself down low to emphasise it, which often results in one muddy knee on my trousers.

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      1. Thank you. I know it looks that way but the wind howls, Canada Geese honk and assorted Gulls cry and caw to each other. At least it’s all the natural world though, no traffic or human hubbub noises.

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  2. This photograph came out great! I love how the density of tree and brush captures your vision in the lower left and then it expands out to take in the low rising hill in the upper right with the partially overcast sky. I bet the color copy of this image would be really amazing too, with the gray, blue, green, brown scattered about.

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    1. Thanks, for some reason I always find the colour version has too much distraction for my eye to be led around the frame. One day I’ll surprise everyone and put a colour picture up here though!

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    1. Thank you. Currently on Sony A 6000 mirrorless camera using an old Minolta 24-105mm via an adaptor which means no AF. I have other lenses from my Minolta days too.

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    1. Thanks Gwen. The gorse bushes and hawthorn trees take a right battering from the winds up here so you can almost see the twisting and turning, desperately trying to find some shelter in their shapes.

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