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Mighty Ancient Tree  by Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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“EMANCIPATION FROM THE BONDAGE OF THE SOIL,
IS NO FREEDOM FOR THE TREE”

Rabindranath Tagore

This is listed as one of the ancient trees in Britian and Ireland.
(Shute, Devon, England)

SHUTE BARTON

People get married under this amazing tree! This tree is situated by a fascinating medieval manor house, with a later Tudor gatehouse and battlemented turrets, set in pretty grounds. Shute House used to be a school for girls but now it is made into flats. It is a large,white house and can be seen from miles around,especially from the south side of our area. My mother was a pupil there in the 1930’s.

In 1998, I took her to see her old school and there were tears in her eyes as she remembered her schooldays. She loved the grounds, but was not so keen on the strict teachers in those days.

I drove there again myself in 2009 and sat under that tree remembering my Mum and reflecting on how this tree must have seen mankind’s ‘progress’ for centuries. I imagined my Mum sitting under that tree when she was a girl at school here,. Mum died in 2001 – this photo is a tribute and dedication to my mother.

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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  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 3 years ago

    WOW WOW WOW WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW WOW !!!

  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 3 years ago

    WOW~love the tree! great capture!

  • thankyou Cheryl!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 3 years ago

    Such a majestic old tree – beautiful lighting

  • thankyou Chris!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 3 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • thankyou Sylvia!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 3 years ago

    I love these giant, ancient trees. I have to wonder how old this one is. I like the quote. Indeed, no one or thing can stand completely alone.

  • thankyou Lori!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 3 years ago

    A Fab fave & google+

  • thankyou Val!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • © Andrzej Goszcz,M.D. Ph.D
    © Andrzej Gosz...about 3 years ago

    Wooow ! woooow ! Wonderful !!!
    Charming like …. :)
    Best greetings Charmiene :)

  • thankyou so much!!!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Nira Dabush
    Nira Dabushabout 3 years ago

    SPLENDID CAPTURE… SUPER!

  • thakyou Nira!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Ercan BAYSAL
    Ercan BAYSALabout 3 years ago

    Excellent shot…

  • thankyou Ercan!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 3 years ago

    Wow. Fantastic capture Charmine gorgeous old tree love love love it

  • thankyou Maggie!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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