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5000 Years on

By redstag  
Whilst I reserve the right to change my mind, think this will be my last upload from this series.
This is easily my favourite image, the trail of steps heading towards the circle could be a druid or a pilgrim (or more likely a guy in a high vis jacket, but one of those is a druid, or so he told me!)
The gentle peachy light is just enough to create light and shade in the snow, gentle soft curves creating an almost alien feel to the landscape.

To me this image is more subtle than the others I took on the day and somehow capture more of the beauty of both the Henge and the surrounding landscape.

What sets this shot apart for me is the small details, the footprints, the light and the clear sky.

I now need to get and find a new subject, I honestly do not think I can do the Henge better than this. So, rarely for me, this is the only version, and again, most unlike me-NO MODS! Well it was the only version, but it has a dust mark on it, so please look at version 2-no mark!

Keep safe.


Tags: General Architecture Landscape and travel

Voters: JamesH81, LeeFisher, Tom_H and 140 more

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11 Jan 2010 8:17PM
very well taken, love everything about this shot.
LeeFisher 11 59 8 England
11 Jan 2010 8:18PM
brilliant shot,
11 Jan 2010 8:22PM
one of the best rounds.
simple and fabulous!
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 8:29PM
Really fabulous, very mystical.
Paintman Plus
14 1.5k 179 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 8:32PM
An excellent image. Like the footprints in this one.

Wooly 15 112 4 England
11 Jan 2010 8:38PM
Excellent series Jon.

andy_AHG 12 106 6 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 8:42PM
I think this is my favourite of the set. Subtle and mysterious and I agree about the footprints. Being in Wiltshire, you are spoiled for monumental structures. The whole Avebury landscape including the avenues, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow. I'm sure you won't be wanting for another subject for long.

AshTree 11 1.7k 6 England
11 Jan 2010 8:45PM
So very beautiful, I love the soft pastel shades of this one, a truly wonderful image.

redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 8:45PM
Thanks for those suggestions Andy, roll on the summer.
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
11 Jan 2010 8:51PM
its a cracker and love the footprints, the fav i've seen of yours from here.lesley
jeronius 11 2 1 England
11 Jan 2010 9:16PM
Amazing shot.
michaelcombe 11 46 2 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2010 9:50PM
Awesome shot, great colours and tones and composition is spot on.

Just noticed, you have a dust spot right in the middle of the sky just centre left.

Good work.

11 Jan 2010 9:50PM
I am pleased and honoured to give you vote no. 30 for this excellent shot.
accipiter 11 61 England
11 Jan 2010 11:08PM
Beautiful shot. A
watters66 17 75 Scotland
12 Jan 2010 7:14AM
Great shot, really like the colours you have captured here.

Well done,
Term 15 86 9 England
12 Jan 2010 10:07AM
from my amature viewpoint this is near to being perfect. Well composed, love the pastel colours in contrast sharp geometric shapes of the rocks. A very well composed image, nice one Jon.

redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2010 10:49AM
You are right Michael, maybe I will have to post a variant! D'oh.

DeSilver Plus
13 14 12 England
12 Jan 2010 12:20PM
Dust spot or not this is another fantastic image Jon. I just love it and thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2010 4:44PM
Pete, just seen the HC, thanks, I am made up as I am really pleased with this shot.

Thank you.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
12 Jan 2010 6:31PM
Jon - I thought you last one was my favourite but you have surpassed yourself with this one, tis gorgeous! Congrat's for your HC Smile

Sarah *
JouŠo 16 56 Finland
12 Jan 2010 7:35PM

Emu72 11 7 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2010 8:56PM
Love it Jon, and congrats on the HC.

12 Jan 2010 9:52PM
Stunning image,well deserved awards.
LesF 14 182 9
13 Jan 2010 1:40PM
Very simple comp Jon which makes you look more and more at it, congrats on the HC

HowardA 13 231
13 Jan 2010 3:34PM
Ethereal. Beautiful light and the stones appear almost three-dimensional, the way they are lit. Lovely job - congrats on the HC.
15 Jan 2010 8:17PM
That's the one.
michaelcombe 11 46 2 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 10:28PM
Would look great on a wall!

Nice one re: the d.s.

Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
15 Jan 2010 10:33PM
A wonderful image of this historic site, one to be proud of
redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 10:55PM
I am really delighted by the response to this shot, it is one of my favourites of the last 12 months (and probably more!)
Thanks everyone for the comments and clicks. And a huge thank you to Pete for the HC!

cassiecat 12 39 46 England
15 Jan 2010 10:58PM
congrats on the HC.lesley
LeighRebecca 13 267 10 England
15 Jan 2010 11:04PM
That does have beautiful composition and clarity. Congrats on the HC.
backbeat Plus
15 134 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2010 9:50PM
a real beauty jon..

dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2010 6:54PM
congratulations on your HC and I don't think could get a better picture than this.

Steve-T Plus
13 56 66 England
18 Jan 2010 9:22PM
BarbaraR 14 889 1 England
21 Jan 2010 5:54PM
Congrats, a wonderful photo of
an awesome site.

MikeH 16 217 4 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2010 9:46PM
Just seen this Jon, a wonderfully pastel type image and so much more subtle in the snow, congrats on the HC,
29 Jan 2010 11:23PM
Hi, Absolutely love the shot.
I was doing a reccy on Epz as too the extent of stenge coverage, Easy to see you have the best images of it.
The reason for the reccy was I plan on going there tomorrow and wondered as to the out of hours access? Am I likely to be either thrown out or arrested?
I plan on doing a sunset, 5pm ish, and photographing the circle by moonlight!! Do you think this is possible?
I see you used a wide-ish angle lens, does that mean you can get quite close???
knackeredoldman 12 120 7 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 12:41AM
Cracking shot Jon. Really well done. Great composition and beautiful colours.

Good work.


Mari 17 1.8k United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 8:40PM
Wow, Jon this is fantastic, so atmospheric, these stones must have seen so much snow in their time

DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2010 9:58PM
e2 Featured Photo!

And it's a stunner. Glad I had the opportunity to see it, having missed it first time round. Congrats on the richly-deserved HC, too.
danbrann 16 640 17
14 Feb 2010 6:21PM
Just seen this one Jon as it is being featured on the site.Congrats on the award .It really does deserve it.
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2010 6:31PM
Awesome, you really couldn't have done better!
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
27 Feb 2010 3:46PM
What a picture, excellent to se he tracks in the snow. Lucky for me that it was a featured photo

5 Jun 2010 6:52PM
CathyT 14 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2011 12:35PM
This is a bit special...lovely.
elkiebrooks 17 83 5 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 7:32AM
PhillipMinnis 10 94 4 Australia
14 May 2011 8:46AM
A stunning Winter scene at Stonehenge! Congratulations on a well-deserved award!


CrownJoolz 14 7 United Kingdom
19 May 2011 2:03PM
I'd buy this - absolutely stunning and somehow different from all the other Stonehenge pics I've ever seen!
redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
22 May 2011 4:14PM
Happy for you to have it too!

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