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Copyright: Jean Dwyer (jean11-3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1481 W: 0 N: 3257] (16374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-19
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony cybershot DSC-N1
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Cornish land and seascapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-13 9:32
Viewed: 1178
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lanyon Quoit is the best known Cornish quoit.
It stands right beside the road from Madron to Morvah.

This dolmen collapsed during a storm in 1815 and was re-erected nine years later with money raised by subscription among the local inhabitants.
The reconstruction was not accurate because one of the uprights broke during the collapse and only three were re-used.As a result, the quoit is now not so high as it was in the past.

The capstone weighs 13.5 tons and measures 9ft by 17.5 ft.
Believed to be the burial chamber of a long mound, Lanyon Quoit is unusual in many ways and may have been more of a mausoleum or cenotaph than a grave.

Before the collapse of the structure, it was said to be aligned with the cardinal directions,[North, South, East, and West.]This gives historians and archaeologists reason to believe that the structure was used for ritual purposes.

The engine house in the distance is now dis-used but was known as Ding Dong mine.If you walk up to the engine house there is not a lot to see,but these iconic buildings are dotted all over the Cornish countryside and are a reminder of Cornwall's earlier industry and past.

[some information taken from www.stonepages.com/england]

Thanks for looking.

PP:crop,contrast +10,saturation+5,applied unsharp mask, added border and resized.

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Wonderful capture, great historical place!
Your note is very good too!

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  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2009-10-13 10:23]

Hello Jean,
Excellent composition of this great historical piece. Nice clarity, wonderful sunlight and the vast background.
Thanks for sharing this great work and the important notes.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-10-13 11:13]

Hi Jean,
What interesting pictures! Beautiful colors, congratulations.
Very good description provided.
Have a nice evening,

Hello Jean,

I have never heard of 'quoit' being used in conection with ancient burials .. I do like to learn new information!
Your focus is really sharp and has captured the relief details of the stones very well. The shadows add a littl extra interest as well as helping to define the shapes. The shot is well composed and the saturation is spot on.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
I can sense that you are having a great time discovering your new location!

Beautiful part of the UK well capture Looks like wonderful weather also with the heather out Nice low pov has made the dolmen more dramatic Nice work
warm regards
PS thanks for naming my plant earler today

Hello Jean,

Some fine soft colours in this excellent composition.

The nearest "leg" of the dolmen lies neatly on a vertical line of thirds, and the bottom of the "table" on a horizontal third.

I also like the way you have positioned the ruined tin mine on the horizon in such a way that the table points directly at it, carrying the eye across the image and into the distance, giving a fine sense of perspective.

I have drawn another of my diagrams in the WS.

Kind regards,


hi jean
great shot of this dolmen,nice pov and good bright colours,very good detail,its nice to see its restored,a similar one outside Galway suffered a recent capstone damage yet to be restored.

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