“JUST LIVING IS NOT ENOUGH.
ONE MUST HAVE SUNSHINE, FREEDOM,
AND A LITTLE FLOWER”

~Hans Christian Anderson

This is another of my series of bluebell photos that I took on a rainy misty very early morning at Blackbury camp in Devon, England. This is an old Iron Age Site. This is a special place for me – and really inspiring!

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BLACKBURY CAMP

BLUEBELLS

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TO SPEAK TO THE LISTENING HEAVEN”

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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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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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Comments

  • John44
    John44about 3 years ago

    This is lovely, such brilliant work.

    What a great atmosphere! ;-)

  • thankyou John!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuserabout 3 years ago

    Wow really ambient feeling atmosphere

  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Linda  Makiej Photography
    Linda Makiej ...about 3 years ago

    what a simply gorgeous dreamy shot!

  • many thanks!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77about 3 years ago

    I really like this!!

  • manythanks!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous light.

  • thankyou Michael!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 3 years ago

    There is a great atmospheric feel to this great shot Charmiene.
    it’s beautiful

  • thankyou Malcolm!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 3 years ago

    There is nothing better than waking up to a soft morning rain!!!! An excellent capture!!!! Bill

  • thankyou Bill!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • sweeny
    sweenyabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous image Charmiene :-)))R

  • thankyou Ray!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 3 years ago

    stunning image

  • thankyou Antanas!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning image Charmienne, the colours through the mist are delightful x

  • thankyou Pauline!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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