Never too old - to play amongst bluebells! by Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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I couldn’t resist this shot of two (elderly) ageless people dancing amongst the bluebells at Blackbury camp near Beer in Devon, England. They both looked so happy – and yes – ‘in love’. What a joyful sight that was! The bluebell wood inspired them to dance. What a special moment that was.

Blackbury camp is an ancient Iron Age site – and every spring it is carpeted with bluebells.
No wonder people feel the energy to play amongst the bluebells.

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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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  • naturelover
    natureloverover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous light and colours- superb shot Charmiene!

  • Thanks so much! That elderly couple looked so sweet amongst the bluebells.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 4 years ago

    that is a great image – well captured!

  • Thanks very much Shiva

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Jigsawman
    Jigsawmanover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so very much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Charmiene .. the bluebells are so pretty and great catch on the people :)

  • Thanks so much Susie – yes isn’t it a wonderful sight, I’m sure you’ve seen Blackbury camp.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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

    lovely moment, well captured

  • Thank Ryan, I really appreciate your comment

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • derekwallace
    derekwallaceover 4 years ago

    Good catch..

  • Thanks so very much, I appreciate your comment Derek

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Paul Gibbons
    Paul Gibbonsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of a special moment, very well done.

  • Thankyou so much Paul, that (elderly) couple seemed so happy, frolicking around in the bluebells

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Good for those two people :-) A beautiful capture!

  • Thankyou so much Trish, really appreciate it

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Catherine Fenner
    Catherine Fennerover 4 years ago

    I believe people subconsciously frame themselves within the environment and your image captures this. The tree branches and their arms reflect one another. Beautiful and tender moment.

  • THANKYOU so much! that means a great deal to me – and I really appreciate the fav!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • CaroleS
    CaroleSover 4 years ago

    Springtime in England – so beautiful.

  • Yes it is lovely there – not far from Lyme!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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