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New Forest sunset | by Sebastian Anthony
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New Forest sunset

I know England can never match up against American landscapes in terms of scale, but parts of the New Forest definitely prove that England can be as beautiful as its big-boned cousin, if not more so.

 

I just realized that I uploaded a bunch of photos of the New Forest without actually explaining what it is. Basically, William the Conqueror (William I), after flattening Harold at the Battle of Hastings and assuming the throne of England, wanted a forest that he could hunt deer in. He thus knocked down a bunch of farms and settlements and created the New Forest (it was already woodland, though -- it's not like he planted the trees... he just delineated it as a Forest with a capital F). Today the New Forest is the largest bit of wild pasture/wood land in the south east of England.

 

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Taken on August 3, 2011