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Ancient Haunts

Ancient Haunts
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Copyright: Bill Fitzgerald (macgarret1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 129 W: 0 N: 273] (1359)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-29
Categories: Architecture
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S7000
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-03-08 7:24
Viewed: 1755
Points: 16
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West Kennet Long Barrow, Wiltshire

Two Ancient Monuments for the price of one.
Silbury Hill viewed from the portal of West Kennet Long Barrow, a distance between of just over half a mile.

West Kennet Long Barrow is one of the many prehistoric monuments that are part of the Avebury complex of Neolithic sites. It is one of the most impressive and well-preserved burial chambers in Britain.

The tomb is thought to have been constructed around 3500BC, and was in use for a thousand years, until 2200BC, when the tomb was sealed with chalk rubble, and the gigantic sarcen boulders that now guard the entrance.

Silbury Hill is the biggest man-made (i.e. hand-made) mound in Europe. It is 130 feet high and 100 feet across its flat top surface and was built around 2500BC. Nothing has ever been found on, or in, Silbury Hill that would indicate its purpose and Archaeologists and pre-historians acknowledge that the monument remains a magnificent enigma.

According to legend, this is the last resting place of King Sil, sitting on a fabled golden horse. Another legend states that the mound holds a lifesize solid gold statue of King Sil and yet a third, that the Devil was carrying an apron of soil to drop on the citizens of Marlborough, but he was stopped by the priests of nearby Avebury and was obliged to drop it here instead.

Cropped slightly, small adjustments to contrast and saturation.
See workshop also.

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Its one of my favourite places in England this photo shows off the monuments well but alas does'nt show the mysticism of the place.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-03-08 17:21]

Hola Bill,
precioso pov.
y bella composición y detalles.
agradable trabajo, saludos

Hi Bill
I really like this photograph. The p.o.v and the colours are good. I think your aspect actually hints at what lays beneath.
Regards, Bev

Fantastic post Bill, in ws too!

his is a special one. A 'menhir 'stone in front?
I sure like to visit GB one day, also you are responsable for that :-) Good photo's always

Hi Bill
Was just looking to see if there was a new 'unknown'
photo on TL..wel.. no to that but YES Sir to this nice one, I must have overlooked! You started to make me curious and did some quick research on the WWW ..found out that 'Memhir's and Stongehenge is also from this 'circle' So interesting to know Bill.. if we think that it was all done thousands of years BC .. For myself I am a fan also of the 'Viking' voyages (as they also have been to North America long before Columbus)Saying such..any holiday plans yet? ( we go and make an east Mediteranean cruise for 13 days .. starting in Athens..via Olympus Corfu south to Alexandria ..
Crete..Santorini..Mykonos..Izmir and ending in Istanbull..tell me will we meet you there too? )
Warm salute from a Dutch friend and stay well..

Welldone Bill. Compliments

Hi Bill,

I like a lot the composition of this image, very fascinating. In my opinion to be perfect it should have mor DOV/sharpness.



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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2007-11-30 21:44]

Friend Bill,
The colours are so warm and pretty . Well composed on the thirds too, with the rock positioned 'just right' on left :-)
Good one

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