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VIEWS 101 2/27/11

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Devil’s Den is a nickname for a terrain feature south of Gettysburg, Pa. USA, that was the site of fierce fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The central feature of Devil’s Den is an outcropping of massive boulders. The origin of the name of “Devil’s Den” is uncertain. All documented references to it are post-battle, although historian John D. Bachelder claimed in his 1873 travel book, Gettysburg:What to See and How to See It, that “it was a name given to the locality before the battle.” Stories by local resident Emanuel Bushman, first documented in 1844, claim that a “monster snake” resided there. An account by Salome Myers Stewart in 1913 referred to a snake named “The Devil”, which was never caught and thus became legendary. Some accounts by soldiers after the battle began using the name "Devil’s Cave, or “Devil’s Den” because of the appearance of the area. The boulders, tumbled together loosely, form numerous natural caves, the “den” of the name. On the upper horizontal surface of one of the uppermost boulders is a depression used as a cistern. When viewed from higher ground, the depression resembles a gigantic horned bat in flight-the “devil” of the name. The natural caves and galleries among the boulders provided cover for sharpshooters from both sides throughout the battle. By the late 19th century, the name “Devil’s Den” became universal. REF: WIKIPEDIA

This tree is quite large and stands above Devil’s Den with the massive boulders of the site just below it. To me it seems symbolic of the survival of man through the trials and tribulations of life, one of which is war. Photographed with Canon PowerShot S51S Jan. 2011

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tree, trees, gettysburg, devils den

I am a photographer who loves to paint. Or, I am a painter who loves photography? No matter, they are very compatible! :) I really enjoy working in watercolor, and love the magical qualities that it can give to a work of art! You will see photography,watercolor and acrylic paintings on my bubble. Hope you enjoy! :)

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Comments

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnabout 3 years ago

    lovely capture :o)

  • Thank you so much Quinn for your comment and Favorite!! I have now added some information to go with the image which is interesting. Sorry it probably was not there yet when you first viewed.

    – AngieDavies

  • Yool
    Yoolabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful tree and shot Angie :))

  • Thank you so much Yool for your kind comment and favorite. I have now added additional information with the image, which may have not been posted yet when you first viewed.

    – AngieDavies

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejabout 3 years ago

    very marvelous work!! :)

  • Thank you so much Linda! Your visit is appreciated!

    – AngieDavies

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 3 years ago

    The snow does not diminish the memories of the pain and suffering wrought here! “War is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the suffer” – Thomas Jefferson.

    A tremendous capture!!!!, Bill

  • This quote is so true, and especially so in this battle of brother against brother. Thanks so much for your wonderful compliment and for adding this appropriate quote, Bill!

    – AngieDavies

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 3 years ago

    Oh My Angie gorgeous Image Great capture

  • Thanks for the wonderful comment and favorite Maggie!

    – AngieDavies

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsabout 3 years ago

    Just beautiful! Awesome capture!

  • Thank you very much James!

    – AngieDavies

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzabout 3 years ago

    lovely scenery

  • Thank you so much George!

    – AngieDavies

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    superb work!

  • Thanks so much Charmiene and I appreciate the favorite!

    – AngieDavies

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Angie. The contrasting colours and textures and the symbolism of the tree are great. Very interesting write up too. Tony:)

  • Thank you so much Tony. I am pleased that you enjoyed the information with this image! I appreciate the favorite also!

    – AngieDavies

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 3 years ago

    Love the image you captured here,..Love the write up too,..

  • Hi John! Thanks so much for the nice comment and the favorite! I am glad you enjoyed the information too!

    – AngieDavies

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