If you walk out of Belstone village on the western side, go through the gate and out on to the moor, then make your way towards Belstone Tor. Near the base of the Tor you will see a stone circle or cairn erected to surround a round burial barrow from the Bronze Age, or kistvaen, as they are named on Dartmoor. On the Ordnance Survey Map the stone circle appears as Nine Stones, but it is more widely known as The Nine Maidens.
A nineteenth century rambler, Samuel Rowe, gives this brief description of the Nine Stones in "A Perambulation of the Ancient and Royal Forest of Dartmoor and the Venville Precincts" dated 1848. His chosen approach to Belstone Tor was from the East Okement valley to the west:
... we shall mount the steep ascent towards Belstone Tor, and within a quarter of a mile, on its western slope, we shall observe the circle called in the neighbourhood Nine Stones, but which in reality consists of seventeen stones, erect, the highest of which is not more than two feet and a half from the ground.
Present day stone counters reckon there to be just sixteen stones, though The Book of Belstone ups the tally to 20 if we include 'small stones and five toppled or insecure temporary ones'. Issue 61 of Notes and Queries published in 1850 reminds us of the propensity of the stones to dance, according to legend.
The stone circles on Dartmoor, are said to have been made "when there were wolves on the hills, and winged serpents in the low lands." On the side of Belstone Tor, near Oakhampton, is a small grave circle called "Nine Stones." It is said to dance every day at noon.
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lousat (78993) 2013-07-12 1:35
Hi Les,a very lucky moment taken in a very original way whit these soft details and beautiful lights on the ground and on the sky too,i like your work in PP and perfect exposure to take the best of this rainbow!Have a nice weekend and thanks,LUCIANO
marabu61 (8925) 2013-07-12 1:37
There is a wonderful light in the sky that turns the greens so vibrant and pleasing. The wide open space of the Dartmoor comes across beautifully here and the stormy sky with its rainbow is suberbe.
I find all those ancient stone circles and dolmens around Great Britain and Ireland very fascinating. One wonders how they where able to create these sometime really big structures.
have a good day
subhendu_bagchi (25907) 2013-07-12 2:11
beautiful presentation. Nice capture of the rainbow. Love the colours and composition. Tfs.
sevy (15365) 2013-07-12 2:20
Nice and strong mood. We are really in a Celtic country with this shot. Surely with the stones, the rainbow and the so particular lightning through the clouds.
snunney (86264) 2013-07-12 2:35
The lighting and the rainbow makes for a great atmosphere and results in good colours and detail. The lone tree under the rainbow creates a fine focal point.
dta (68734) 2013-07-12 4:05
hello leslie ,
A splendid capture of this megalithic circle , with a gorgeous cloudy sky , and of course , the rainbow .
A moment to do not miss .
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-12 4:42
so difficult to get rainbow shots to work like they do when you see them first hand, but this is magnificent. Love the setting all at one with nature and the elements. Magical imagery!
Have a good weekend - Brian.
sandpiper (6788) 2013-07-12 5:16
Superb composition and lovely colours
jhm (141107) 2013-07-12 5:20
I believe two walkers in background to see, between the rock stones.
The rainbow is a very nice addition at the sky.
Colours, sharpness and clarity are fantastic.
Excellent composition, your presentation are superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Indrasish (2883) 2013-07-12 6:32
Great shot here.. Wonderful view of this area.. You are a master piece in landscape photographs.. Hats off.. Love the composition and nice colors.. Superb image quality too.. Very well done..
Good evening and wish you all the best..
Silvio1953 (125443) 2013-07-12 6:36
Ciao Leslie, fashinating landscape with fantastic rainbow, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
chrisvek (7001) 2013-07-12 6:55
Very wonderful colors on your shot with awesome background.Fantastic details and lightning usage.Very nice POV and framework.Very good job.TFS
All the best
SnapRJW (31617) 2013-07-12 7:22
Don't you just love the folklore that surrounds ancient sites like this Les? You story is a fantastic accompaniment to this fine shot and with a little imagination I can see the stones begin to dance under the fabulous sky. An image that speaks of the natural and supernatural. Marvelous! Warm regards Rosemary
mohammad_H (9548) 2013-07-12 9:48
Masterpiece of nature, unique and excellent display quality, beautiful colors and good resolution
Sonata11 (33298) 2013-07-12 21:00
very beautiful landscaping and spectacular sky. You capture this wonderful and I like your POV and DOF as well. AWESOME !!!!
All the best and have a great WE,
delpeoples (53469) 2013-07-12 21:00
Ahhh I love this photo. Not just because it contains my favourite subject, the standing stones, but because the photo itself is a real work of art in terms of colour, light control, composition and decisive moment with the rainbow crowning everything magically.
This photo to me is all about timelessness. I try to think of the events and the millennia that these stones have silently witnessed, and it leaves me in awe. Superb photo, I adore it.
Big hugs to you and G
PS: will we see you this summer in Aus? I'd love to take you to Curl Curl and Freshwater. We will be n Ireland late August/September if you're around at all. I'll email you firm dates once I know em
ourania (33399) 2013-07-14 10:26
this is a fascinating picture which combines the virtues of an accurate, effective and natural description with the allure of the mystery and legends regarding this place. The upward point of view has offered a great composition and the stones look taller than they really are. The colours are marvellous, there's a captivating sense of desolation and intensity on the site and its surroundings. The sky and the dynamic rainbow offer a strikingly dramatic effect. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
jimkil (1706) 2013-07-19 23:05
Love the lush greens complimenting the white and blue sky. The stones anchor the Foreground really well, with the rainbow the icing on the cake. Lovely part of the UK is devon.
abmdsudi (44652) 2013-07-22 8:53
Fabulous looking at these ancient mysterious stones which is timely shot in such magnificent light revealing so much to the colour and texture in the natural surrounding. What else can I say about the drama up there, the steel-grey sky is full of interest that the contrast difference to the tones is so distinct, and I think the feel of this wonderful site seems to be endless. The rainbow really adds to the drama. Indeed this is a rewarding shot, Congrats.
eldancer1 (29373) 2013-07-24 9:59
Beautiful capture of this rainbow and beautiful landscape! Great pov and it has good dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.
adores (38589) 2013-08-02 10:41
The light, the rainbow and those clouds gave a perfect atmosphere to the stone circle. It's a good quality shot, with good colours. Well done!
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (14757)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-24
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: NikonD300s, 17-55mm f/2.8 G DX
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Celtic Standing Stones, Dolmens, Ruins II, West Devon Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-12 1:23