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Enchanting woods - child's paradise by Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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“LISTEN TO ALL THE TEACHERS IN THE WOODS
AND WATCH THE TREES, THE ANIMALS AND ALL LIVING THINGS –
YOU MAY LEARN MORE FROM THEM THAN BOOKS”

Joe Coyhis, Native American

BLACKBURY CAMP ·

This is a place where bluebells are found in an ancient Iron Age hillfort site in England – it is a paradise for everyone – such a happy sight to see people enjoying themselves amongst the bluebells and trees in Springtime.

I use a LUMIX Panasonic point and shoot dijital camera

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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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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  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 4 years ago

    Another lovely shot of this place Charmiene :)

  • Thankyou Susie – it is quite an enchanting place!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...almost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous !!!

  • THANKYOU sooooo much!!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • rasim1
    rasim1almost 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot.

  • thankyou so much Rasim

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 4 years ago

    “The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers but for the
    Wide World’s joy.”
    {Henry Ward Beecher}

    A terrific shot!!!!, Bill

  • thankyou so much!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsalmost 4 years ago

    Very very pretty Charmiene, long shadows, tall tall trees, bluebells … topped beautifully with the sunlight catching the golden haired child :-)

  • thankyou so much

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • synapped
    synappedalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image! I love the perspective you chose, with the person to show us the scale :-)

  • thankyou so much!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 4 years ago

    I’d imagine this was a nightmare to expose. Job well done!

  • thanks so much – I didn’t really do anything to it except a bit of contrast and colour on photoshop – I wish I did know how to do more LoL!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightalmost 4 years ago

  • thanks so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 4 years ago
  • wow!! THANKS so much!!! those are great learning aids I really appreciate it

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonalmost 4 years ago

    Delightful capture!

  • thankyou so much Duncan!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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