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Stonehenge Up Close

Here's an up close and personal shot of Stonehenge from our February 24 excursion (see yesterday's pic for more info).  This time there is no PS watercolor filter.

Again, I have kept a person in for scale, even though he's farther back.  These stones are mammoth!  Remember that the tallest is 24 feet high (7.3m).

I don't know when the stones were restricted from touching.  But after graffiti was sprawled over them at some point, this World Heritage Site had to be restricted.  Now all you can do is walk in a full circle around them, which I did.  This is one of the prehistoric wonders of the world from over 4,000 years ago, billed as Britain's greatest ancient temple (to the sun and the changing seasons)!

Don't let me confuse you.  I'm in Atlanta for the next few days!



Stonehenge Up Close

Here's an up close and personal shot of Stonehenge from our February 24 excursion (see yesterday's pic for more info).  This time there is no PS watercolor filter.

Again, I have kept a person in for scale, even though he's farther back.  These stones are mammoth!  Remember that the tallest is 24 feet high (7.3m).

I don't know when the stones were restricted from touching.  But after graffiti was sprawled over them at some point, this World Heritage Site had to be restricted.  Now all you can do is walk in a full circle around them, which I did.  This is one of the prehistoric wonders of the world from over 4,000 years ago, billed as Britain's greatest ancient temple (to the sun and the changing seasons)!

Don't let me confuse you.  I'm in Atlanta for the next few days!



comments (26)

  • dotun
  • 15 Mar 2007, 00:06
Ginnie you should frame this up, I like it.
Ginnie Hart: Awww, Dotun. You're a sweetheart. Thanks.
  • Mia
  • 15 Mar 2007, 00:32
I know a lot of photographers would say the sky's blown-out, but it looks perfect here! Without an almost white sky, the attention wouldn't focus as much on the Stonehenge. I never saw them up close... and it's interesting to see the weathering. I wonder what's beneath those stones, as I can see in the shot. I thought they were completely made of stone.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment about the sky, Mia. I know many people like to transport in something else but I tend to be more of an "it is what it is" photographer.

You've raised an interesting question about the stones and now I could really hit myself because our Stonehenge book is in Hannover (we're in Atlanta now). Rats! I'll have many questions to answer when I get back in a couple weeks. You've piqued my curiosity as well!
This shot shows a very good angle. (By the way, isn't it sad that because some idiots could not control themselves, the rest of us must be kept at a distance.)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen. And yes, how true. The only way I was able to get this close was because I have a 12x optical zoom on my camera!
I am curious too about a couple of the stones. It looks like the one in the foreground on the far right is patched (restored) with cement midway and down to the bottom. The one to the left and behind looks like some sort of support has been added and then patched over with cement which has since crumbled away. I am thinking this was some sort of restoration attempt. Do you know anything about this?

Nice shot.
Ginnie Hart: As I told Mia, I could really hit myself because our Stonehenge book is in Hannover (we're in Atlanta now). Rats! I'll have many questions to answer when I get back in a couple weeks. You've piqued my curiosity as well!

Thanks, John, for stopping by and commenting.
A great pic coupled with some great information. Thanx for sharing this Ginnie, history has always fascinated me. I think I'll learn something new from all your shots.
Ginnie Hart: You're a real sweetheart, Thomas. Thanks a million for your kind words.
I like the cropping you chose.
And how is that they restrict people from touching them? Is there a 24h guard or something?
Ginnie Hart: That's a good question, Samira, about how the restriction is enforced because there is no fence or guards that I saw. There IS a visitor center a bit away from the actual site, so technically, someone COULD run up and touch the stones before anyone noticed (except other visitors). I wonder if there are special times of the year when certain groups ARE allowed to go uo close? I don't know. I was just glad for my 12x optical zoom! The path that circles the stones is several meters away from them.
Your camera really catches the texture of the grass, details and color of the rocks (all mossy), and the surrounding area. I love the combination, all blend together for a beautiful picture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you much, Kay! I appreciate your words.
Hmmm How nice ! Very well composed Ginnie... We can guess the imps...
Ginnie Hart: Imps and spirits of the ancestors! Their burial mounds are off in the distance, if you want to take a peek:
http://ddetamore1.photosite.com/Stonehenge2007/IMG_2023S.html
I am sure it's very impressive to see, I can't help cursing at people who are destroying things like that... I think you really have to be quite stupid to put some graffiti on these...

nice one Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree with your sentiment here, Dafredo. What are some people thinking??!!

Thanks for your comment.
Nice picture. Stonehenge to me is still a mystery
Ginnie Hart: I suspect it will always be a mystery, Shakara. Maybe that's as it should be so that we who figure everything out will realize that not everything is meant to be totally grasped!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 15 Mar 2007, 10:00
This caught my breath when I opened it! I like how you've balanced it very much. I agree with Mia about the sky too. Great one!
Ginnie Hart: I almost didn't post it, Ruth, because I thought it might be ho-hum after yesterday's pic. There's only so much you can do with Stonehenge (and that probably was a real stupid statement!). So thank you for your words, which mean a lot to me, coming from you.
nice composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal. smile
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 15 Mar 2007, 11:44
I am also curious about those damaged stones Gramma Ginn, pray tell!! I totally agree with Mia about the sky, that was in my mind before I read her comment, it perfectly illustrates how dismal late winter weather in England really is, no bells and whistles, just good honest photography. Very well done. Kindest regards, Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: As I told Mia, you've raised an interesting question about the stones and now I could really hit myself because our Stonehenge book is in Hannover (we're in Atlanta now). Rats! I'll have many questions to answer when I get back in a couple weeks. You've piqued my curiosity as well!

That definitely was a dismal day when we visited this place of mystery, Neil, but I'm not sure I'd want it any other way. Somehow a sunshiny day wouldn't have felt the same!
  • Abi
  • 15 Mar 2007, 11:57
nicely done
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir Abi.
  • mal
  • 15 Mar 2007, 15:50
it will be a great structure when we get round to finishing it! The building trade in the UK leaves a lot to be desired! Hee hee. Lovely shot Ginnie. To answer some of the above questions regarding the concrete, yes in the 50's they decided that some of the stones were unstable and decided to add the concrete. Recently they have found that the lime in the concrete is causing damage to the sarcen stone and a big debate rages as to what to do! All the best. mal
Ginnie Hart: Thank you soooo much, Mal, for taking the time to give us all some answers. I have already sent them on to someone else who asked (who might not look back here). I really appreciate it!
Lucky girl. I would love to get to Stonehenge someday. I'm glad to have the chance to see it. That's powerful zoom and good detail.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Red Pen. I do like my camera's zoom, which was one of the reasons why I bought it. I hope for you that you WILL be able to visit this magical place one day.
  • Louis
  • 15 Mar 2007, 18:31
Looks like a gaints teeth - so maybe you can consult a dentist about those stones. I know a dentist by the name of Wiki, who doesn't hang around a flat in Hannover.

Excellent Stonehenge view.
Ginnie Hart: HA! But Wiki DOES hang aroung a flat in Hannover. I have seen her there often!!! smile

Thanks, Louis, for your kind support!
I like it when I feel there is a control over the colours - here you have green, greys and white - and a nice composition. I would be happy returning from my vacation with a pic like this smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You are so kind, Aksel. And I'm positive you will, if not better!
Ah, memories of a school trip (too many years ago now) and scratching my name on one of those stones - they weren't quite as revered then wink

I see now that Mal's answered your question; the Victorians also played their part in repairs/restoration of the circle too I believe Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Chris. If I HAD been able to go up close, maybe I could have found you. smile

Thanks for the added info!
I really like the texture and green color of the grass, and the composition works very well.
Ok, the big rocks looks good as well smile smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're a sweetheart, Magnus. Thanks.
lovely green..I love the green...
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. Green is the color.... Thanks, Nicola.
  • Ellie
  • 15 Mar 2007, 22:46
Fabulous picture Ginnie.

Yes, everybody's right about the 'restoration'. Here are a few links
http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicstonehenge.htm
http://www.britarch.ac.uk/stonehenge/stone23.html

The stones are usually open for the Solstice. There was a time when they were fenced off and patrolled, but it caused a lot of trouble.
Ginnie Hart: Ellie, I was actually waiting for you because I KNEW you'd have some links for us. HA! You always come through. smile Thanks a million.

(I'm getting ready for a house guest tomorrow through Tuesday, which is why I didn't do my own scouting. And we also just had a kitchen counters' makeover yesterday. Lots to keep me busy!)
what beauty you've captured. The textures and colors are just outstanding.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jen!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 30 Mar 2007, 08:21
I lived in Warminster and worked in Amesbury, so passed these stones every day on my way to work. On almost all of them there were visitors at 6.30 - 7.00 AM viewing them from the road because the access through the visitor centre wasn't open that early.

I've lived or worked within 10 miles of them now for over 25 years, AND I'VE NEVER VISITED THE STONES!

I think it's about time my camera and I got up close and personal with them!
Ginnie Hart: Oh my, Colin! What a confession. smile Well, when you go, get one of those medallions out of the machine (next post) as a momento. Once you start posting your pics, we'll all know you've finally been!

This is a perfect example of how most of us never see the stuff in our own backyards! We go traipsing off to all corners of the world to see what's in everybody else's backyard!! sad
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 2 Apr 2007, 10:19
Now Monday 4 April and I went to Stonehenge yesterday. It being a weekend and about midday by the time I'd finished all my weekend chores and got there, it was absolutely heaving with tourists in busses, cars, motorcycles, and on foot. I knew of a gravel track nearby so went up there for a long view from outside the perimeter fence to try out my new EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM lens with 2 x converter. I got some shots that I'll post in the next few days, but I'm not happy with them. I need to get up there early one morning when there's a good sunrise, or failing that, a poor weather day when I'll convert the images to black and white and add some noise for a grainy effect.

At least you made me get off my backside and go, but I couldn't bring myself to pay the entrance fee. What do they think I am - a tourist!
Ginnie Hart: Because you live so close, I'd do the same thing, Colin, and get out of paying the entrance fee. I can hardly wait to see one of YOUR pics. It'll be great, I know. The main thing is it'll be YOURS! grin
It's awesome and thanks for the info on this place.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Helen, for backtracking and commenting on this pic! That means a lot.

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