Eerie and fairytale-like photos of Wistman’s Wood in Dartmoor, Devon, England captured by British photographer Neil Burnell. The wood has been the inspiration for numerous artists, poets, photographers, and writers often describing the location as haunted due to its tangled web of trees, moss-carpeted boulders, finger-like oak branches and thick layer of fog/mist, which adds to the mystical atmosphere. As described by Tim Sandles at legendarydartmoor.co.uk:
For millennia this small, mystical, stunted woodland has been held in awe and for many fear. Tales of Druids, ghosts, the Devil and a host of other supernatural creatures abound, some dating back to the long lost ages before man could write. Many writers have described the wood as being “the most haunted place on Dartmoor”, others warn that every rocky crevice is filled with writhing adders who spawn their young amidst the moss and leaf-strewn tree roots. Locals will never venture near once the sun begins its slow descent over the nearby granite outcrops for it is when the dark mantle of night draws tight that the heinous denizens of the wood stalk the moor in search of their human victims. So be afraid, very afraid, as the wagging finger of fate warns you to stay clear and risk not your mortal soul in the ‘Wood of the Wisemen’.See more of Neil Burnell's work on Behance or at his website.