Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, England
Sometimes, it is not just one single tree that catches my attention. Every once in awhile, a forest captures my imagination.
When I first saw this photo, I was reminded of the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring when the Nazgul were approaching the Shire.
It’s the tunnel effect that really gets me. Beautiful but at the same time a bit eerie.
A combination of ‘where does this lead?‘ and ‘what’s coming this way?’
Stunningly beautiful. Magic.
(Photo Credit: Colin Michaels)
Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of tranquil open heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is situated some 30 miles (48 km) south of London in the county of East Sussex, England. Rising to an altitude of 223 metres (732 ft) above sea level, its heights provide expansive vistas across the heavily wooded hills of the Weald to the chalk escarpments of the North Downs and South Downson the horizon.
Ashdown Forest’s origins lie as a medieval hunting forest created soon after the Norman conquest of England. By 1283 the forest was fenced in by a 23 miles (37 km) pale enclosing an area of some 20 square miles (5,200 ha). 34 gates and hatches in the pale, still remembered in place names such as Chuck Hatch and Chelwood Gate, allowed local people to enter to graze their livestock, collect firewood and cut heather and bracken for animal bedding. The Forest continued to be used by the monarchy and nobility for hunting into Tudor times, including notably Henry VIII, who had a hunting lodge at Bolebroke Castle, Hartfield and who courted Anne Boleyn at nearby Hever Castle.