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A Hallowed Morning Everyone,

Here is a spooky image for Hallowe'en ... Glastonbury Tor!

On the day we visited the tor, although the weather forecast had promised bright sunshine over the whole country, the area around Glastonbury and Glastonbury Tor remained steeped in mist.
I was considering how to photograph the site when a tall girl, dressed in black, lifted her iPhone and completed the image for me!

I will add a view up to the Tor as a workshop.

'Glastonbury Tor rises like a beacon above the Somerset levels. Visible for over twenty miles, it floats like an island over the misty, verdant landscape. There's something almost mystical about this hill and the ghostly tower atop it. Even if you're not there on pilgrimage, when you catch sight of Glastonbury you'll understand its allure for pagan and Christian alike.
In Glastonbury, legend and history meet. The reality is straightforward: a majestic ruined abbey and church set in a charming, offbeat English town unique for its sheer number of New Age and magic shops. But behind the facts lurk legends of Arthur, the Holy Grail, and even the idea that a young Jesus may have visited Britain.

In ancient times, the Somerset levels were a shallow, marshy sea. Then, Glastonbury Tor was an island. Neolithic peoples in the region built platform villages linked by wooden causeways, arguably the first man-made roads.
At some point, no one knows exactly when, the Tor became a sacred site. Viewed close up, its slopes are subtly terraced, and some scholars speculate that it forms a remnant of a Neolithic labyrinth. The Celts called it Ynys Witrin, or the Isle of Glass, and believed it was a gateway to the underworld. Later legend has it that the Tor is the Island of Avalon, burial site of King Arthur ... By Susan Wilbanks

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9507 W: 373 N: 22011] (86480)
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