Good Morning Everyone,
I'm not sure how many of you will have heard of Avebury Stone Circle, Stonehenge tending to be more famous, but it is a pre-historic complex in the Marlborough Downs and is the largest stone circle in the world. This circle features one of the most impressive henges in Britain as well as remains of a stone avenue. It was originally erected about 4,500 years ago, by what was called the 'Beaker People'.
The first farmers made their mark on the Avebury landscape almost 6,000 years ago. Now, there is a pretty village in the heart of the monument. This is the only place in the world where you’ll find a pub and a chapel inside a stone circle!
I posted this photograph because we are lead to believe that light and shadows had something to do with positioning of these large stones. On the day we were there, one of the stones was serving a useful purpose; it was shielding an iphone from the sun so that the owner could read information from it!
I will post another photograph as a w/s to show another part of the circle.
I would recommend that you access this web site for some amazing info and facts about Avebury Circle. It shows an aerial view of the site so the circles within circles can be appreciated.
I wish you a happy weekend, Bev :-)
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trevormoffiet (2284) 2014-01-17 2:46
A nice image of these standing stones. The person using his iphone is a nice contrast or juxtaposition of time. An in formative note and a good complementary image.
I visited Avebury on my trip to the UK in 2013. The weather was not as kind to us compared to what you had experienced. I downloaded the pdf file from the web site that you recommended.
rigoletto (34109) 2014-01-17 3:02
hi bev. thank you for this photo, note and the link. i had heard about such other megalith sites in UK (probably on history channel) but don't remember seeing a photo therof. a great TE share. so, now i need to thank you by informing you about our most recent ancient site in Turkey. have you heard about Gobekli Tepe in southeast Turkey? it is said to be the first temple ever known until today, here is a link :)
Kielia (22913) 2014-01-17 4:26
what a wonderful idea to present this for me unknown place so nicely captured. The composition where the People also play an important role is successful. You are giving us a detailed idea of this fascinating place. My compliments also for the notes!
jhm (134540) 2014-01-17 4:44
You did excellent through the woman to place against the big rock stone, this is perfect for the scale.
I am certainly that these circle a lot people appeals, the circle with big stones has a very great value for these area.
Perspective and depth make these picture wonderful
This is a wonderful picture with a very nice sharpness and colours.
Very well done, TFS.
timecapturer (44525) 2014-01-17 4:59
this is one place that I really would like to visit. I have driven across Wiltshire so many times and never stopped to admire this old circle. Full of mystery and atmosphere if you can be alone there, I bet. Great sense of scale in this shot and I like the clouds that seem to be emanating from behind the large fg stone.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Nicou (115408) 2014-01-17 5:47
mervielleuse vue quel dolmen et iamge sueprbe compo et vue quel rendu et ce contraste de forme entre le agrande pierre et la pierre effilée sueprbe cpatage et ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (28921) 2014-01-17 5:54
Hi Bev - Another good shot of the Avebury circle and one that evokes memories of a trip there with my grandfather many years ago. I like the way you have composed this with the three stones interrelating a balanced way and the figures adding the scale. Despite the subject being quite 'static' I find my eyes moving through the shot from stone to stone and to the couple of figures in the distance..... good dynamics! Warm regards Rosemary
Sergiom (53863) 2014-01-17 6:02
On sait maintenant à quoi ils servaient à l'époque.Probablement pour s'y appuyer et pour avoir de l'ombre momentanément.C'est aussi une image qui raconte une histoire.
ikeharel (51563) 2014-01-17 7:32
Good evening Beverly,
Taken your advise and went to the web-site about the place. Intriguingly, there is a village built within the stones circle. A pre-historic monument would not be allowed building houses on its premises in Israel, but probably in old times the English law allowed this.
Fantatic moment collected in your photo, show one man meditating in the shadow of a big stone.
Great presentation, most enlightening.
Have a nice weekend,
CLODO (28662) 2014-01-17 8:58
Interesting note, so the builders knew that 6,000 years later, the ipad and cellphones will exist and that their "art" will be really usefull during the sunny days! LOL!
The lateral light sculpts the big standing stone at left, the man gives the scale.
holmertz (36459) 2014-01-17 10:13
This is a fascinating place and t's so good to see that these ancient slabs are not totally useless in modern society :-). This picture may be funnier than the WS, and maybe a more original composition, but you could very well have used the other one too as a regular upload. It's also a very good photo with fine colours, as well as being very informative.
mvdisco (17634) 2014-01-17 16:02
Hi Beverly, Bonjour,
Very nice presentation of these old stone and historic place,
good details and composition,
nice tone of colors and light,
daddo (22372) 2014-01-17 17:16
Hi Beverley. What a cheeky title with which to introduce the bridging of the centuries and the very different purpose for which the monoliths were erected and a modern day adaptation.Nice composition as well. Best wishes. Klaudio.
emka (72344) 2014-01-17 23:54
I have never heard about this stone circle. I saw one in castleridge, during the TE Meeting in Castleridge during TE-Meeting in Cumbria. usually such megaliths were used for astronomy, I suppose. The shadow indicated special place during solstice, for instance. Haha, one can use it tioday too.
Warm regrads malgo
Romano46 (16578) 2014-01-18 2:12
curata come tuo solito la composizione per un soggetto originale e di grande effetto.
Eccellento colori, contrasto e nitidezza.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Cricri (100451) 2014-01-18 4:32
Un site historique bien présenter, intéressante note, aux formes extraordinaires, netteté et WS bien réaliser
Noel_Byrne (20169) 2014-01-18 5:22
What a fascinating place! We continue to wonder what the purpose was of these amazing stone rings, and as much as Apple might like is to believe it was so people could catch up their text messages, its probably not so. But what I love here is that man checking his phone gives a perfect sense of scale to the stones, they are HUGE! I would never have guessed the size of these without this inclusion, so a brilliant idea.
And a chapel and a pub inside a stone circle? Now that's not something you see every day.
Excellent informative and educational note to go with a fascinating shot, thanks Bev.
And please indulge my childish mind a moment....when I read beaker people I thought of Dr Bunsens colleague from the Muppets who went "meep meep" Its strange that we could paint his face perfectly on the stones providing shade, as its the same shape as his head.
Have a great weekend
macjake (51476) 2014-01-18 11:31
this is one of those photos where having the single person in it actually does make a strong impact and helps the scene.
Funny how in this circle, there are no ropes and you can clearly touch the stones...whereas with Stonehenge its all roped off.
a simple scene made very interesting and a little funny too :)
enjoy your weekend
mesutilgim (79428) 2014-01-19 1:30
Both photographycally and informative perfect TE entry !
This is absolutely the mission of TE : learning the World through photography.
TFS and have a nice Sunday
annjackman (17563) 2014-01-22 23:52
An amusing title and explanation for the resting man. Avebury is a lovely place to visit and I like the way that you show us three stones nicely seaprated from each other and then the people to remind us of present times.
Very realistic colours and good sharpness - a super shot.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (25934)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-27
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Celtic Standing Stones, Dolmens, Ruins II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-17 2:23