Bowerman’s Nose

bowerman's nose, dartmoor, devon, england / 4th Mar 2012

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Bowerman’s Nose is one of the classic rock formations on Dartmoor, Devon, England. This distinctive granite outcrop has the profile of a human face. The image was shot on a Bronica GS-1 with Fuji Velvia producing a high quality medium format 6×7 image.

The Legend

A huntsman called Bowerman lived on the moor around one 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.

The witches 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 trap as punishment. The witches turned them to stone – the huntsman became the rock formation now known as Bowerman’s Nose with the dogs the broken stones at his feet.

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