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odditiesoflife:

Puzzlewood Magical Forest — The Real Middle Earth

Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. There is more than a mile of meandering pathways through Puzzlewood and over 14 acres of ancient woodland. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood. The magical forest is one of the most stunning in the world and it’s easy to see why it’s been used as a filming location for Merlin and Dr. Who. It is no wonder that JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood. 

In Puzzlewood you will find strange rock formations, secret caves and ancient trees. The geological features here are known locally as scowles. The scowles originated through the erosion of natural underground cave systems formed in limestone many millions of years ago. Uplift and erosion caused the cave system to become exposed at the surface. This was then exploited by Iron Age settlers through to Roman times for the extraction of iron ore.

Evidence of Roman occupation of the area is supported by the discovery of a hoard of over 3,000 Roman coins from the 3rd Century which were found in the scowles of Puzzlewood. Once the Romans left, nature reclaimed the old workings with moss and trees, to create the unique landscape. The historical use soon became forgotten, and the folklore of “Puzzlewood” began.

In the early 1800s, a local landowner laid down a mile of pathways which meandered through the trees and gulleys to open up this ancient forest originally for the amusement of his friends and children. In the early 1900s, Puzzlewood opened to the public. Since then it is has remained essentially unchanged with the same stunning pathways and bridges as in earlier times, but with the addition of a variety of animals and visitor facilities.

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fidefortitude:

isenseanunquenchablethirst:

is this what responsibilities look like

can i just

so bill nighy was wearing a motion capture suit and screaming at johnny depp

and johnny depp had to scream back

without either of them laughing

just imagine that. two grown men, one in pyjamas with balls on his face, and the other in a pirate costume, screaming at the top of their lungs at each other

(Source: sothoros, via scratchingsouls)

sargassos:

Day Five: Favorite Maniraptoran
I’ll admit, I had to look up a list of these to figure it out, I’m used to the smaller group names. *shame*
Therizinosaurus! Because what could possibly be more awesome than a fifteen foot tall chicken with claws almost as long as you? <3
Another to add to the list of “this photo sucks, must rescan and color when i get home”….its growing :/ I’m not going to be in Oklahoma long, but damn, I wish I had a better way to scan or photograph these stupid sketches…my phone just isn’t worth beans for photos.

sargassos:

Day Five: Favorite Maniraptoran

I’ll admit, I had to look up a list of these to figure it out, I’m used to the smaller group names. *shame*

Therizinosaurus! Because what could possibly be more awesome than a fifteen foot tall chicken with claws almost as long as you? <3

Another to add to the list of “this photo sucks, must rescan and color when i get home”….its growing :/ I’m not going to be in Oklahoma long, but damn, I wish I had a better way to scan or photograph these stupid sketches…my phone just isn’t worth beans for photos.

sargassos:

I swear i drew this yesterday, so its still day 3, i just didn’t get to post it cause i’ve been in a car for the past 14 hours and i am so effin’ tired right now, I still have to figure a way to draw TODAYS….It can wait till we get to our hotel…yaaaaay roadtrips……
Anyways…Day 3, favorite ornithopod…is apparently Parasaurolophus…actually I love most of the hadrosaurids, so this was really hard to pick between day 3 and day 4….Its a crappy picture of a shoddy sketch, i’ll color it and make it all better when I get home on sunday…….
*collapses*

sargassos:

I swear i drew this yesterday, so its still day 3, i just didn’t get to post it cause i’ve been in a car for the past 14 hours and i am so effin’ tired right now, I still have to figure a way to draw TODAYS….It can wait till we get to our hotel…yaaaaay roadtrips……

Anyways…Day 3, favorite ornithopod…is apparently Parasaurolophus…actually I love most of the hadrosaurids, so this was really hard to pick between day 3 and day 4….Its a crappy picture of a shoddy sketch, i’ll color it and make it all better when I get home on sunday…….

*collapses*

sargassos:

Day Four: Favorite Overall Dinosaur
The cool thing about my favorite overall dinosaur is that its had a relatively recent discovery made about it. It may have had a comb! 83 sweeeeet
I fell in love with the Edmontosaurus skeleton at our state’s natural history museum, and it probably remains my favorite one yet. Their heads remind me of big cows, or caribou, for some reason &lt;3
Tried to make this look like some big, heavy duty old bull with a lot of bulk to his neck and shoulders.
I’ll have fun coloring this one when I get home, but i’m counting it as submitted on time even though its after midnight in Oklahoma…cause i live in Colorado, which means its only 11 pm &gt;.&gt; Totally on time.

sargassos:

Day Four: Favorite Overall Dinosaur

The cool thing about my favorite overall dinosaur is that its had a relatively recent discovery made about it. It may have had a comb! 83 sweeeeet

I fell in love with the Edmontosaurus skeleton at our state’s natural history museum, and it probably remains my favorite one yet. Their heads remind me of big cows, or caribou, for some reason <3

Tried to make this look like some big, heavy duty old bull with a lot of bulk to his neck and shoulders.

I’ll have fun coloring this one when I get home, but i’m counting it as submitted on time even though its after midnight in Oklahoma…cause i live in Colorado, which means its only 11 pm >.> Totally on time.