Photographer's Note

I know this photo is soft. I tried to re-post a sharper image but was not successful. I will put the sharper image as workshop.

I was walking along the beach towards St Michaels Mount when I spotted some boats being wheeled across the tidal flat late in the afternoon (serendipity). It turned out that these boats were from a local rowing club: Mount’s Bay Pilot Gig Club. The boats, Cornish Pilot Gigs, were used originally to transport pilots out to incoming ships. Today, Gigs are used only for recreational rowing and racing. The Gigs that are used for racing are 32ft long clinker constructions made from Cornish Elm. Training Gigs however are plastic replicas of these. The Gigs shown in the image are the training boats.

"St Michael’s mount is a landmark that lies on one of Britain's most prominent ley lines. An ancient stone chair stands at the entrance to the castle – that according to legend, a vision of the Archangel St Michael appeared to some fishermen in the year 495. A place drenched in spiritual energy and religious roots, St Michael's Mount has been an important pilgrimage destination throughout the ages."

"Legend says that a mythical giant named Cormoran once lived on the Mount, and he used to wade ashore and steal cows and sheep from the villagers to feed his gargantuan appetite.
One night, a local boy called Jack rowed out to the island and dug a deep pit while the giant was asleep. As the sun rose, Jack blew a horn to wake the angry giant who staggered down from the summit and – blinded by the sunlight – fell into the pit and died."

"It has been ‘discovered’ that the large rock in front of the current castle, to the west of the Mount is the node point (or meeting point) of four very powerful ley (or energy) lines. These are the St Michael, St Mary, Apollo and Athene lines. Where four major ley lines meet it known as a ‘portal’ where the dimensions of reality become vaguer and crossover into different realities are enabled. This would explain the many visions of great saints and even Jesus that have been reported over the years and still happy to this day. But whatever one’s beliefs are most people feel the Mount is definitely ‘special’, even if they can’t quite work out why!"

"Ley lines /leɪ laɪns/ are supposed alignments of a number of places of geographical and historical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops and water-fords. The phrase was coined in 1921 by the amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins, in his books Early British Trackways and The Old Straight Track. He sought to identify ancient trackways in the British landscape. Watkins later developed theories that these alignments were created for ease of overland trekking by line-of-sight navigation during neolithic times, and had persisted in the landscape over millennia.[1]
In 1969 the writer John Michell revived the term "ley lines", associating it with spiritual and mystical theories about alignments of land forms, drawing on the Chinese concept of feng shui. He believed that a mystical network of ley lines existed across Britain.[2]
Since the publication of Michell's book, the spiritualised version of the concept has been adopted by other authors and applied to landscapes in many places around the world. Both versions of the theory have been criticised on the grounds that a random distribution of a sufficient number of points will inevitably create "alignments"."
"In Iceland the most renowned location for ley lines is Snæfellsjökull, that has for a long time been believed to hold mystical powers. The glacier has been a never-ending source of inspiration for poets and artists from around the world. Indeed, more than a few people say they feel a powerful influence from the glacier and consider it to be one of the world’s seven most potent energy sources. The glacier is a supposed meeting point of ley lines, lines on both sides of Hellnar connect with the pyramids in Egypt and in Machu Picchu."
A bit extra for those who have read this far:
For those who have previously viewed my B&W image "The last Icelandic Sorcerer" (and for those who have not yet)take a look at the clouds in the sky above the abandoned house. What you see there I will leave to your imagination.
The Last Icelandic Sorcerer
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