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Moody Meg

By jeanie      
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.


Tags: Landscape Cumbria General Trees Stone circle Landscape and travel Long meg

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johnke 5 223 15
15 Feb 2013 2:38PM
Wow something special here, amazing light too. Superb...John.

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ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
15 Feb 2013 2:39PM
Lovely photo and great information Grin
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 2:42PM
A great write up to accompany a great image. Light, colour and composition spot on
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 2:44PM
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
15 Feb 2013 2:52PM
Amazing light, colour and composition
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 3:45PM
Thank you Effrossini Smile

Robin... thank you very much for your User Award.. Grin
myrab 11 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 3:45PM
Amazing light, we have been here but never seen such good light, you were so fortunate.

jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 4:02PM
Thanks Myra.. Smile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
15 Feb 2013 4:54PM
Like the light on the stones here Jeanie
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 5:14PM
Thank you Richard... Smile
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 6:28PM
Ooh, resist smutty pun... so difficult! Wink
The stones really jump out from the darker background and Megs shadow helps create depth.
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 8:09PM
A super image with that wonderful light
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2013 9:03PM
Thanks Al and Ju.. Smile

Well resisted, Al........... Grin
LV426 9 7 4 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 2:56AM
"...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 /|\
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
16 Feb 2013 8:31AM
Standing beside it for 'scale' would not work Jeanie ......... must people know what 12' looks like and you would just confuse matters.
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 9:35AM
Thank you Tarek Smile

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

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