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Went to a stone circle yesterday afternoon.. forecast said sunshine and showers.. perfick! Not been here before, but I will definitely be returning.

A bit of boring info.........this foreground stone is called Long Meg.....and stands 12 ft tall! (Maybe I should have legged into the image to give a sense of scale hehe)...

One of the finest stone circles in the north of England, the circle has a diameter of about 350 feet, the second biggest in the country. Long Meg is the tallest of the 69 stones, about 12 feet high, with three mysterious symbols, its four corners facing the points of the compass and standing some 60 feet outside the circle.

The stones probably date from about 1500 BC, and it was likely to have been used as a meeting place or for some form of religious ritual. Long Meg is made of local red sandstone, whereas the daughters are boulders of rhyolite, a form of granite.

William Wordsworth wrote 'Next to Stonehenge it is beyond dispute the most notable relick that this or probably any other country contains.'

Local legend claims that Long Meg was a witch who with her daughters, was turned to stone for profaning the Sabbath, as they danced wildly on the moor. The circle is supposedly endowed with magic, so that it is impossible to count the same number of stones twice, but if you do then the magic is broken.


Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:14 Feb 2013 - 3:33 PM
Focal Length:40mm
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Moody Meg
Username:jeanie jeanie
Uploaded:15 Feb 2013 - 2:36 PM
Tags:Cumbria, General, Landscape, Landscape / travel, Long meg, Stone circle, Trees
Votes:46

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 2:38 PM

Wow something special here, amazing light too. Superb...John.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 2:39 PM

Lovely photo and great information Grin

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 - 2:42 PM

A great write up to accompany a great image. Light, colour and composition spot on
Steve

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105971 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 2:44 PM

Thanks John, Colleen and Steve.

I don't usually do write ups but I thought this would be interesting, rather than looking just at the picture. Smile

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
15 Feb 2013 - 2:52 PM

Amazing light, colour and composition
Effrossini

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105971 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 3:45 PM

Thank you Effrossini Smile

Robin... thank you very much for your User Award.. Grin

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myrab
myrab e2 Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 - 3:45 PM

Amazing light, we have been here but never seen such good light, you were so fortunate.

Myra

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105971 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 4:02 PM

Thanks Myra.. Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 4:54 PM

Like the light on the stones here Jeanie
Regards
Richard

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105971 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 5:14 PM

Thank you Richard... Smile

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom100 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 6:28 PM

Ooh, resist smutty pun... so difficult! Wink
The stones really jump out from the darker background and Megs shadow helps create depth.

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 8:09 PM

A super image with that wonderful light
Ju

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105971 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 9:03 PM

Thanks Al and Ju.. Smile

Well resisted, Al........... Grin

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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2013 - 2:56 AM

"...meeting place or for some form of religious ritual..." Really?
I would say it has been primarily used in pagan, or them shamanic Britain, as a place of worship and calendar. A place to celebrate the wheel of the year in a very time keeping stone circle, but as most stone circles serves many functions.

Anyway, a great picture from a magical and mystical place in Britain.
Good light and I like the thick cloudscape.
Nice work.
Tarek /|\

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kaybee
kaybee  103888 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2013 - 8:31 AM

Standing beside it for 'scale' would not work Jeanie ......... must people know what 12' looks like and you would just confuse matters.

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105971 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2013 - 9:35 AM

Thank you Tarek Smile

Roy..................... Tongue

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