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“OUT OF THE INDIAN APPROACH TO LIFE,
THERE CAME A GREAT FREEDOM,
AS WELL AS AN INTENSE AND ABSORBING RESPECT FOR LIFE,
WHICH ENRICHED FAITH AND PRINCIPLES OF TRUTH HONESTY GENEROSITY, EQUITY AND BROTHERHOOD”

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This is at the Petrified Forest (National park) in Arizona. It is truly amazing to see the ancient trees that have transformed over millions of years into beautiful and colourful rock. Some of the tree/rock had quartz crystals embedded in them at one time, but sadly, over the years people have taken them and just left holes in the rocks. I call it the ‘greed gene’ when nature is exploited for self serving reasons.

THE PETRIFIED FOREST

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charmiene maxwell batten, raven, arizona, petrified forest, desert, historical place, ancient site

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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  • Vitta
    Vittaover 3 years ago

    Stunning image!!

  • thankyou so mcuh Vitta!! xx

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 3 years ago

    Fantastic image,anna

  • thankyou so much Ana!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayover 3 years ago

    this a great capture. He sits there as if he is watching over his kindom. All this to be his. The Raven, a spirit of a great warrior.

  • thankyou so very much Mark!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 3 years ago

    Fantastic perspective Charmiene, this is a great shot!

  • thankyou so much Zoe!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Super picture, Sita! Did you have to glue the raven to the stone? lol. I visited the Petrified Forest in the late 80’s and loved it!

  • Lol!!!! that raven seemed to be posing – very conveniently!! I think he thought there may be some food Lol!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • rasim1
    rasim1over 3 years ago

    Very nice capture.

  • thnakyou so much Rasim!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherover 3 years ago

    awesome capture! can’t belive you got so close!

  • thankyou so much Simone, the raven seemed quite bold and just sat there for me to take his photo LoL!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 3 years ago

    Outstanding capture!!

  • many thanks Carol!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Terrific work Charmiene, love it!!

  • thankyou so very much Pauline!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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