It's a while since I uploded a photo from my home country Sweden...
Wikipedia on the matter;
Ale's Stones (or Ales stenar in Swedish) is a megalithic monument in Scania in southern Sweden. It consists of a stone ship 67 meters long formed by 59 large boulders of sandstone, weighing up to 1.8 tonnes each. According to Scanian folklore, a legendary king called King Ale lies buried there.
The carbon-14 dating system for organic remains has provided seven results at the site. One indicates that the material is around 5,500 years old whereas the remaining six indicate a date about 1,400 years ago. The latter is considered to be the most likely time for Ales Stenar to have been created. That would place its creation towards the end of the Nordic Iron Age.
As is the case with many other megalithic monuments, there have been many speculations about the significance of Ales Stenar. Most ship settings are perceived to be burial monuments, and many of the ship settings found in Scandinavia do indeed contain one or more graves. Yet no grave has ever been positively identified in the limited area that has been subject to archaeological research at Ales Stenar. One theory is that if the ship setting is not a burial site, it may have been constructed to honour the crew of a ship who perished at sea. Another theory is that the ship was built to determine various times of the year. The alignment of the stones in relation to the sun is such that the sun sets over the northwest tip of the monument at midsummer, and rises at the opposite tip at midwinter.
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marina7 (5822) 2011-05-25 10:15
That's a really impressive shot with the massive stone structures pictured against the gloomy sky - it makes the whole scene even more mystic looking. I like your point of view with the two big stones framing the shot and the others looking less in the distance. A very interesting note too.
LOOOK13 (19022) 2011-05-25 10:34
Trés belle image avec une atmosphere particulière , et des couleurs spéciales.
holmertz (26906) 2011-05-25 11:16
I haven't seen this place since I was 13 years and wasn't very interested. The rocks, and the way they are placed, are truly fascinating and I would appreciate them a lot more today. The dark sky and the absence of any bright colours certainly add a lot to the mystic atmosphere.
Didi (48896) 2011-05-25 11:21
Very nice dramatic ambiance and interesting low point of view.
sacimar (25957) 2011-05-25 11:21
I like the composition with these megalithic stones, despite the sky was very cloudy the light management is excellent, well done,
annjackman (13183) 2011-05-25 13:04
A first class shot. The stones have a lot of detail and a lovely range of brown tones. The stones against the stormy looking sky give a magical effect and a feeling of isolation. A very interesting note,
SnapRJW (18712) 2011-05-25 23:30
Hello Stefan - This is a really good shot. There is a brooding, pregnant atmosphere here, due in part to the heavy sky and of course the subject matter. I feel as if I could step right into the frame and touch the stones. Excellent POV and fine light management. TFS best regards Rosemary
resat1972 (5960) 2011-05-26 0:50
This place is so beautiful
I liked the style of Rock
danos (73960) 2011-05-26 0:52
the view of these rocks as lay on the ground looks like as to be cultivated! I like the presentation with the created balance of the image to be superb.Well done.
timecapturer (30300) 2011-05-26 3:15
a wonderfully moody and atmospheric shot. Love all the detail and your composition is perfect. A fascinating study and excellent presentation. Bravo!
Have a good day - Brian
Budapestman (82620) 2011-05-26 13:05
a mysterious atmosphere with spectacular composition and effective soft lights, the dramatic sky add a lot to the atmosphere, a superb shot, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
Cricri (86391) 2011-05-27 4:02
Un endroit particulier avec les rochers, jolies teintes soues le ciel dramatique, belle présentation et note intéressante
Kielia (20411) 2011-05-27 6:39
what a wonderful light! It is so pleasantly illuminating this famous place and creating a mystic atmosphere. The composition is outstanding. I am looking forward to further impressions of your Sweden!
PaulVDV (15017) 2011-05-29 12:32
I never heard of Ale's Stones before but here they certainly look impressive.
I like the low point of view and find that the stones have a beautiful bright and natural colour under the dark overcast sky.
Best regards, Paul
UlfE (13730) 2011-06-02 2:01
An excellent photo of this mysterious place. The dark sky and the sunlight on the boulers make it very intriguing. Your perspective is also very good and the two boulders in the foreground create a nice depth and a good idea of the size. TFS and have nice day!
sacavem (18572) 2011-06-02 3:23
Nice stones "megalithic Cromlech" and composition under a great cloudy sky,well done.
Charo (51174) 2011-06-07 16:03
Platsen är magisk och mystisk, och dagen med himlen full av mörka moln tenderar att öka denna känsla.
En mycket intressant och väl sammansatt bild med utmärkt detaljskärpa och djup.
saxo042 (31794) 2011-06-20 12:39
I missed this picture as I was away in Europe, but better late than never... This is indeed a very fine picture of these historical stones and the dark clouds above enhances the impression of history. There is a certain similarity with this picture. I tried to find Ales Stenar on Google maps, but in vain. That part of the world is obviously not with the same resolution as that part of England. Still, a very good and interesting contribution!
- Copyright: Stefan Zetterlind (scroller) (3407)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-23
- Categories: Nature, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D-80, Nikkor AF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED, Hama PL Circular M67 (IV)
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-25 9:47