- Joseph Campbell

At Blackbury Camp, a historic and ancient Iron Age Sight, which is near Beer in Devon (England), the bluebells carpet the woods in Springtime – it is an ancient Iron Age site and people come and enjoy this carpet of blue. I quietly took this photo of a couple sitting amongst the bluebells – what a good idea to bring chairs and enjoy the view!
This lovely location is in the middle of some enchanting woods. You have to drive down a very rustic lane to reach this place in the heart of the forest.

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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."

A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 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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  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 4 years ago

    What a superb place to sit and watch nature!

  • Thankyou Shiva – yes it really is.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 4 years ago

    Its a lovely drive along that road.

  • Thanks so much! yes isn’t it gorgeous – I went there so many times hoping to see the glorious carpet of blue – and I saw it about 10 days after this photo

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 4 years ago

    a wonderful scene well captured, lovely, tender moment

  • Thanks Ryan – yes a good time to relax and enjoy the surroundings

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    looks like a beautiful place to chill Charmiene.x

  • Thanks Catherine, yes it really is a quiet and magical place.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • synapped
    synappedover 4 years ago

    Wow, a magical image transporting me into another time and place!

  • Thankyou so much for the comment – yes one is transported into an enchanting ambience with nature, even in wintertime.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful place, very relaxing…

  • Thanks so much – yes I think they were having a good time sitting there so peacefully

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...over 4 years ago

    Hi Charmeine, I sure would love to be sitting there with those people. What a wonderful piece of art…oh the green and the trees , the light coming thru…what a great shot…love it!!!
    Sherri alias..Charmaine…you know whenerve I spell your name……I almost start my name spelling…huggs :):)

  • Sherri dear, thankyou so much, I love seeing your happy smile with your comments!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Aase
    Aaseover 4 years ago

    Very nice Photo, a beautiful place..

  • thankyou so much, yes it really is a lovely place in the woods.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 4 years ago

    Lovely setting and capture Charmiene ~ great way to enjoy the bluebells too :)

  • many thanks susie – have you been there yoruself …… its near Lyme

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Such a pretty scene- very inviting!

  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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