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Calanais IV

By BigCol      
Another image from a recent visit to Harris in the Outer Hebrides.
We were on our way to the Mangarstadh sea stacks on Lewis when we stopped briefly to photograph these fine stones. Not quite as majestic as the main circle of stones in Callanish but the apparent remoteness of their location makes these stones seem to stand slightly prouder, in my opinion.

Canon Eos 5D converted to record infrared (665nm) processed in Lightroom, channels swapped in Photoshop & monochrome conversion handled in Nik SilverFX

Tags: Landscape Scotland Black and white Standing stones Western isles Outer hebrides

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pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
6 Oct 2016 12:07PM
Human knows little of history,
these stones could be an astrological measuring device or a tribunal liturgy place or even a burial site.
All gloom. No joy. This is the bottom part of the image. The stones. They can fit into a horizontal 3:2 frame with some white fluffy clouds at the far distant horizon.
The frame itself contains though a big proportion of sky with an interesting pattern of clouds. Very differently textured to the ones near the bottom of the frame. Playful and imaginative eyes look at a field grazing rhino,
two eyes, two ears, one huge nose. I could happily forget the stones and focus on this Dali like animal painted by nature in its square frame. What a joy!
pablophotographer
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2016 1:32PM

Quote:these stones could be an astrological measuring device or a tribunal liturgy place or even a burial site.

Yep, or they could just be one of the places that ancient people used to go to get pi**ed at, have indescriminate intimate relations with other gatherers and freak each other out with ghost stories ... Wink Probably not, but that's my head-space today so that's what I'm sticking to.

Having said that, it's an absolutely gorgeous image Grin The sense of remoteness, that wide open sky and the endless questions there are about these ancient places are there to see.

Tanya
kaybee Plus
17 7.7k 26 Scotland
6 Oct 2016 4:11PM
Superb sky

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