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Bluebells in the mist by Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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This photo was taken on a rainy morning at 7 am when the bluebells carpet the woods at a special place that was a renowned site in the Iron Age times. Blackbury Camp is near a village called Beer in Devon, England.
The Bluebells come out in Springtime and this was a special moment for me to find them at 7 am on a rainy morning.

BLUEBELLS

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BLACKBURY CAMP

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Hillfort in Devon

In Prehistoric Hillforts in Devon, this one is described as’important’ and with ‘an unusual entrance’. The excavation in 1952-54 by the Devon Archaeological Society showed that the main gate had been an imposing structure.
Inside is very cool and peaceful, with a cathedral-like canopy of tall trees. The enclosing banks are still well-defined, and at the southern entrance you are still able to see the unusual layout of defensive banks. The land falls away down the slope of the hill here.

The oval enclosure of about 2 hectares now in open woodland straddles a 180m steep-sided Greensand ridge capped with clay and flints. It was defended by a substantial rampart and ditch, with one entrance facing the southern slopes; other gaps are recent. A triangular earthwork was added screening the gate – the so-called barbican entrance; it contained a central embanked passageway with a compartment on either side, probably used as stock pens.
Excavation showed that the main gate had been an imposing structure. The rounded rampart ends projected forward and were built up with flint nodules, retained by a timber palisade. Deep post-holes indicated the gate, probably with a bridge to link the ramparts. There was a second timber gateway at the entrance to the barbican. In the interior, the post-holes of a rectilinear hut were uncovered with a cooking pit nearby. Iron slag from the local limonite ores, whetstones and spindle whorls were found along with more than 1,200 sling stones. The pottery included decorated Glastonbury ware and some earlier plain Iron Age wares indicating that the fort was in use from the early 3rd century BC onwards."

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blackbury camp, bluebells, charmiene maxwell batten, devon, england, misty, serene, rainy, woods, forest, spring flowers, forest flowers, bluebell, axminster, honiton, archeological site, iron age, hillfort site, hillfort, ancient hillfort, bluebell wood, bluebell forest, bluebell woods

A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 9 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.

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Comments

  • Jigsawman
    Jigsawmanalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful

  • Thankyou Jigsawman, I just dscovered the ‘reply’ button. This photo was taken on an early rainy misty morning, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning shot..

  • Thankyou for your comment Jason – I just found the ‘reply’ button

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Bill Coughlin
    Bill Coughlinalmost 4 years ago

    Nice image, Bill

  • Thankyou so much Bill!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBalmost 4 years ago

    Oh this is so beautiful!

  • Thanks so much Felicity

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camillerialmost 4 years ago

    Wow! this is like in a dream, so atmospheric, love it!!

  • Thankyou so much, it was a place called Blackbury Camp in Devon, which is an old Iron Age site – and every Spring the bluebells carpet the ground. I was there at 7 am on a rainy misty morning and was so surprised that my phtoos turned out!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyalmost 4 years ago

    Wow – what a wonderful carpet of bluebells :)

  • Thanks so much for the comment!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Prasad
    Prasadalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful atmosphere

  • Many thanks Prasad!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Mitzie Loland
    Mitzie Lolandalmost 4 years ago

    Nice photo.

  • Many thanks Mitzie, much appreciated!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    wonderful shot

  • Thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Tayloralmost 4 years ago

    nice image.

  • THANKYOU so much!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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