Shooting in the Dying Light

The moor in late evening

The moor in late evening

All summer I have known my vision was deteriorating. I could no longer read the road signs as I drove, reading was getting harder and computer work was a nightmare. Then on October 20 the verdict came. I have developed wet macular degeneration. A good part of my vision is lost and will never return.

Friends were with us when the letter came. I had planned to drive out to Minions to do some shooting. It was a perfect autumn day and the weather might shift any time. Everyone offered to drive me, but I wanted to go alone. There was plenty of time before darkness fell and its always easier to work when no one is waiting for you.

I arrived and set up, conscious that this might be my last solitary trip to the Minions site. There are two 3500 year-old stone circles, several burial cairns, standing stones and a vast moor. I have loved it ever since I set eyes on it.

I shot from several angles and spent a lot of time savoring the evening and the place. Dogs and their owners walked by, a buzzard circled the the day moved to an end., It was not to be a dramatic sunset, but it was the one I got.

The photos that follow are from that evening. Two are views of an old engine house that I’ve been wanting to shoot for a long time. The third is over the moor.


About idaswears

I left the U.S. for Cornwall 4 years ago. Since then I have spent my time writing, walking and studying the English. It's not always easy being a Yank in Cornwall, but it's always fun and rewarding.
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17 Responses to Shooting in the Dying Light

  1. lindahix says:

    You are so amazing.


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  3. Mick Canning says:

    I hope it all goes well for you.


  4. pixieannie says:

    The shots speak for themselves; moody and soaked in history.

    We all take things for granted, we are only human, after all. Having something and then losing it must be a really emotional journey. I hope that the surgeons/doctors are able to preserve what remains of your eyesight. I for one, love your photography.

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  5. Anita says:

    Thinking of you. Hope the treatment works.


  6. Yvonne says:

    I do hope the treatment will be a success.


  7. timethief says:

    Loving you from a distance and wishing you well.


  8. Susan says:

    No pun intended – I love how you played with the light on these photos. This nurse is sending positive energy your way.


  9. Deb says:

    Goodluck at the doctors. Thanks for sharing these pics, they are even more amazing attached to your story.


  10. inesephoto says:

    Can they stop it from progressing? I so hope they can.
    Love your images, very atmospheric.


  11. Sandy Sue says:

    I came over from Ellen’s site, and so glad I did. These shots are gorgeous-creepy.
    Please know there is a whole cyber-community here wishing for the best possible outcome on your treatment.


  12. Linda says:

    I also came over from Ellen’s site…I wish you all the best – hopefully they’ll find a way to stop this deterioration….


  13. idaswears says:

    We’re hoping to stop any further damages. I get injections in both yes once a month. Thanks for the good cheer.


  14. Hallo Ida! Pretty hard stuff. I’ll be thinking of you.
    I was wondering if a horse and buggy might work for you. Seriously. The Amish go along at such a fast clip – that’s what made me think of it. The horse can arrive already trained re two (three?) routes.
    Your dog can hop in and go with you. You might or might not give Ellen a ride. (-:

    God, I love that top photo! Can you enlarge if?


  15. idaswears says:

    I’ll think about the horse.I sure nuff can enlarge the photo. Do you want a copy?


  16. smackedpentax says:

    Beautiful photographs – you have captured the essence perfectly. Sorry to read about your eyes – hope things work out for you. Being a photographer with poorly eyes is dreadful.


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