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Mazes are associated with the legend of Theseus threading the Cretan labyrinth to slay the minotaur, a common, theme in ancient life.

Turf mazes often bore the name of 'Julian's Bower' or 'Walls of Troy'. It is supposed that the names record the belief that Julius, son of Aeneas, legendary founder of Rome, brought maze games to Italy from Troy after its sacking by the Greeks.

Maze patterns were adopted by the early church as a symbol of the Christian path to salvation and many have been used for penitential purposes.

Because of its likeness to a maze pattern in medievil French churches, it has been suggested that Julian's Bower was first cut by monks from Walcot. In Elizabethan and Stuart times turf mazes were used for sport on the village green and hedge mazes were a common feature in gardens.

Julian's Bower, which is one of the few remaining turf mazes in Britain, was first recorded on 1697 when it was thought to be Roman, but its real age and origin still remain unproven.

In the distance can be seen the confluence of three rivers, the Trent, the Ouse and the Humber and in the mid distance the newly created flood plain.

Looks best large to get the feel of the place.

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:19-20mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Julian's Bower
Username:MalcolmS MalcolmS
Uploaded:21 Mar 2008 - 5:23 PM
Tags:Alkborough, Flowers & plants, General, Julian\'s bower, Landscape / travel, Maze
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JouŠo
JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
21 Mar 2008 - 5:42 PM

great shot and interesting story, Malcolm......

Happy Easter to you and yours.......

Jouko

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2008 - 6:14 PM

Fascinating, a good narrative to go with this image--- In the US, i have seen mazes cut thru corn fields-- LOL!

jennn

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2008 - 6:24 PM

Happy Easter to you Malcolm..a beautiful scene, the colours are so natural.
Di

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glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2008 - 6:43 PM

Nice one Malcolm.

Robert

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shefield
shefield  8 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2008 - 6:49 PM

Lovely shot and interesting story. Sheila

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2008 - 6:50 PM

Well taken Malcolm can nearly see my house from there LoL (other side of the Trent ) live about mile and half away hell of a swim though

Brian..............................

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daffydill56
21 Mar 2008 - 7:07 PM

A lovely image Malcolm, and a very interesting light, and story too.

Regards,

Fran

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
21 Mar 2008 - 7:24 PM

A super shot and interesting story.
Annette

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chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2008 - 7:50 PM

Great shapes Malcolm & a good bit of info there..thankyou.
Janet

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2008 - 7:57 PM

This is 'a maze ing' shot Malcolm. Love the textures and shapes.

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Skye24Blue
21 Mar 2008 - 9:40 PM

Sensational image (and narrative).
Mac

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arnieg
arnieg  10682 forum posts England
21 Mar 2008 - 10:29 PM

great over all shot of the maze
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TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Mar 2008 - 1:01 AM

A beautiful and enchanting shot.

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2008 - 9:22 PM

Nice shot Malcolm and interesting information.
Pete.

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thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Mar 2008 - 10:22 PM

A mazing work Malcolm............outstandingly composed.take care,AnnSmile

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23 Mar 2008 - 10:37 AM

Wow, this is struggling Malcolm,

Norma

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 - 8:09 PM

Great shot Malcolm I wondered whether you would put one of these on show
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sospan  7 Wales
25 Mar 2008 - 7:50 PM

Interesting historical information and a well captured image.
Andy

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2008 - 8:41 PM

Wow, this is gorgeous!
Hanni

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m3lem
m3lem  8 England
28 Mar 2008 - 6:01 PM

A very dramatic image - well done for your 30th.
Andrea

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