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Let me add another dolmen to my little my theme on megalithic monuments. This is probably one of the best kept dolmens (or anta, as they are popularly known in Portugal) in the region of Portalegre, where such vestiges from a not well known ancient past are quite abundant.

Although there isn't any element to give a clear sense of scale, my guess is that its height is about 2.5 meters / 8 feet.

Risking to provoke our friend Didi :D, on this one I did a timid version of what he does often: a stitch of 2 images with a subject that apparently could be well caught with just one. I say "timid" because Didi would use at least 16 shots to do the same final image :D. Each of the image used for the stitch was blended from two shots taken with 25mm focal length (equivalent to 50mm in a 35mmm SLR) with different exposures in order to get a better balance between shadows and highlights.

Although it's unarguable that in this way we can get images with much more definition and the technique involved is much simpler than it may look to anyone who never tried it, the main reason I used a stitch here was that I hadn't a wider zoom. I wonder what would be the results if I had already my new 10-20 mm that arrived to my hands last Friday.

WS's: #1 - the original shots; #2 - another POV.

Dolmens are the oldest `monuments´ we can find in Western Europe. As far as I know, most or all of them were built at least 5000 years ago and they were tombs, (actually not every archaeologist is fully convinced of that). Those in better shape still preserve the cover stone that make them look a bit like huge mushrooms or tables (the word derives from the antique Breton word that means 'stone table'). I have written some more info on dolmens in the note of my first post featuring one.

Location (latitude, longitude): 39.44815,-7.6762

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This is probably my last post until the middle of August, as I'll be in holidays in Spain starting next Friday (hurrah!).

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