Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. Every year thousands of people visit it to look, photograph, draw and wonder why and when and by whom it was built. The stone circle is on the level top of a low hill with views across to Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell.
There are 38 stones in a circle approximately 30 metres in diameter. Within the ring is a rectangle of a further 10 standing stones. The tallest stone is 2.3 metres high. It was probably built around 3000 BC - the beginning of the later Neolithic Period - and is one of the earliest stone circles in Britain. It is important in terms of megalithic astronomy and geometry, as the construction contains significant astronomical alignments.
Although its origins are unknown it is believed that it was used for ceremonial or religious purposes.
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stevenmelissa (203) 2011-09-04 11:13
Wonderfully atmospheric photo. I like the soft light and of course the sunlight in the background. I enjoy landscape photos that entice me to visit, to wander in the place portrayed, and this photo certainly does that.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-09-04 18:40
wonderful landscape shot with nice framing by the mountains & stones...like the play of light over the green field regions of the mountains...nice texture & color tones of the stones in FG...
good exposure controlled in day light...good chosen POV & sharpness also...
thanks for sharing with nice information...
- Copyright: Colin Paton (cpaton) (547)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-24
- Categories: Nature, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-04 10:19