I remain totally fascinated by this Island or Islands that are called Britain and its amazing history, what is more amazing is that some of the monuments,the rituals and beliefs continue to this day and possibly grow stronger.
Tomorrow, the 21st June is the Longest Day in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the day the sun "stand still" before migrating back south and officially the start of summer in the Pagan calender.
I took this photo two days before the longest day and post it on the eve of the longest day.. but the significance remains..
I happened to be driving passed the Rollright stones last night (half an hour from my home) and noticed a rather large camping site near these historic and ritual stones; that together with the setting sun I stopped (camera in hand). Pagans from all over the country had come to worship the Mid point of the summer solstice.. like the will be at Stone henge and other amazing stone circles across the Northern Hemisphere
The Rollrights have three sections.. I have captured "The Kingstone" (1800- 1500 BC), while the "whispering Knights"(4000- 3500 BC) and the "Kingsmen Stone Circle"(2500- 2000 BC) remain on the East side of the Kings head.
It fascinates me to think that where I stood and captured this image people have stood for thousands of years and paid homage to the setting sun and the start of Summer as they will do tomorrow..
I share with your the KINGSTONE as part of my homage to tomorrow... the longest day. May it be a wonderful summer to all in the Northern Hemisphere..
(I also post a ws so it will be clearer- but felt this image has more significance)
PS This is the angle of the hill- I kept it as it is, although I know alot of people prefer the horizon to be horizontal)
I will let Wiki share with you some of the fascinating history of the Rollrights..
The Rollright Stones are a complex of megalithic oolitic limestone monuments near the villages of Long Compton, Great Rollright and Little Rollright in England, lying across the present county border between the counties of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire (grid reference SP2930). The complex consists of three separate sites: The King's Men, The King's Stone and The Whispering Knights. According to local folklore the stones are the petrified remains of a king and his knights, however, each set of stones has been found to date from a different period. The name is thought to derive from “Hrolla-landriht” meaning the land of Hrolla. The stretch of time during which three sequences of monuments were erected here bears witness to a continuous tradition of worship on sacred ground, from the fourth to the second millennium BC. A sacred tradition was Christianized: Arthur Evans reported that one of his informants, a local landowner, met one of his labourers on Good Friday: "where do you think I be going?" the man asked, continuing, "Why I be agoing to the King-stones, for there I shall be on holy ground."[
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lousat (96771) 2011-06-20 15:35
Salut Richard,un moment magnifique et une capture de grande classe avec une impressionante gestion de la lumiere et details,tres tres belle composition aussi.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano
tyro (26142) 2011-06-20 15:40
First of all, what an interesting note! Quite often I feel I learn more on this site from the notes than the pictures! And I also seem to learn a lot when I compose notes for my own shots - I'm sure you do too.
A very strong and powerful silhouette, with just a little detail visible in the stone itself, against the most glorious sky.
Your camera's Exif data says that this was taken just after 8 p.m. - is that right? Of course, it must still have been fairly bright because you managed a fairly small aperture and a high shutter speed.
A striking photograph and a fabulously interesting note to accompany it!
Sonata11 (33971) 2011-06-20 17:51
what a beautiful evening view! Lovely composition and framework as well. This monument looks a very interesting. Perfectly good job and a very well executed. I like it. Thanks for sharing and informative note.
All the best,