Sunset on Castlerigg

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A pleasant evening at Castlerigg stone circle, it looked as though the constant procession of visitors walking amongst the stones was going to make taking a shot more difficult but as the photographers grew in number those wandering felt they may be in the way but one woman had to be asked to give us all ( 14 togs in total) a clear shot since she seemed oblivious to what was happening. Most took single shots with wide angle lenses from what I could see but me being me had to take 18 frames to capture the scene which seemed to have many wondering what I was up to according to the attention my constant shutter clicking was receiving :o)

Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. Every year thousands of people visit it to look, photograph, draw and wonder why and when and by whom it was built. The stone circle is on the level top of a low hill with views across to Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell. There are 38 stones in a circle approximately 30 metres in diameter. Within the ring is a rectangle of a further 10 standing stones. The tallest stone is 2.3 metres high. It was probably built around 3000 BC - the beginning of the later Neolithic Period - and is one of the earliest stone circles in Britain. It is important in terms of megalithic astronomy and geometry, as the construction contains significant astronomical alignments.

Although its origins are unknown it is believed that it was used for ceremonial or religious purposes.

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OJIbr@ on September 28, 2012

Beautiful photo. Regards .

Yorkshire Sam on September 28, 2012

Thank you OJIbr@. best wishes, Sam :o)

brian gillman on September 30, 2012

Always good to see shots of familiar places, Sam. This is a real stunner! You have certainly done ample justice to that wonderful light. Y*. I can understand your frustration at the people who get in the way. I popped along here at 9.00 in the evening in June thinking it would be deserted. No such luck! Of course, it's even worse earlier in the day. Usually an ice-cream van in the road and lots of children and teenagers climbing all-over the stones and posing for snapshots. You didn't have a pint or two in the nearby Crag Bar afterwards by any chance?

Best wishes, Brian.

SMilanS on September 30, 2012

Amazing light, beautiful photo. Like and greetings from Czech rep.

Yorkshire Sam on September 30, 2012

I guess it's a place for all to enjoy Brian so it's inevitable visitors will be in the way for most of the time and to be honest I am still amazed that I didn't have to clone people out as i was expecting to have to. The army of photographers that evening was obviously to my advantage as was that light which has not been so kind on the other occasions I have looked in here. Re calling at the bar I am virtually a teetotaller barring the odd glass of cider with my meal so I never thought it, is it a noteable one ?

Many thanks and best wishes, Sam :o)

Yorkshire Sam on September 30, 2012

Thank you SMilanS*, kind regards from Yorkshire.:o)

brian gillman on September 30, 2012

Oh, I don't really begrudge all the visitors, Sam. I was mainly amusing myself playing the grumpy old git. Personally, the Crag Bar is my favourite in Keswick. It's a small Inn attached to the Heights 'Hotel' guest house. It's about 20 minutes walk from this stone circle, up Chestnut Hill a little way and then left up Rakefoot Lane where there are a couple of camp-sites. From the 'hotel' it's also only 20 minutes walk to Walla Crag or into Keswick.

Best wishes, Brian.

Yorkshire Sam on September 30, 2012

"amusing myself playing the grumpy old git"

and very well too ;o) it takes practice to get that good :o)

Christos Theodorou on October 3, 2012

Dreamy view of a wonderful place - Kind regards.

Yorkshire Sam on October 3, 2012

It is a great place Christos and especially at sunset so I was lucky to be there at the right time.

Many thanks and best wishes, Sam :o)

François PITROU_NO V… on October 4, 2012

Magnificent place and shot Sam.

LIKE 13.

Greetings from AMIENS-France and here is All my photos in One Webpage, François

Ela Vaida on October 8, 2012

Very beautiful panorama. LIKE & VOTED !

Greetings, Ela.

Yorkshire Sam on October 9, 2012

Thank you Francois & Ela your comments and likes etc are very encouraging.

kind regards, Sam :o)

Yorkshire Sam on October 19, 2012

Cheers Jim

best wishes, Sam :o)

Beata Tobijasiewicz on October 30, 2012

Its so amazing view.Congratulations Voted&Like .Greetings from Poland.

Yorkshire Sam on October 31, 2012

Thank you Beata, your kind words and your vote are very much appreciated.

kind regards, Sam :o)

Jacek Rozanski on July 30, 2013


François PITROU_NO V… on December 2, 2013

Hello Sam I think I was't enough generous for this beautiful photo of your gallery than I visit again, so I add an YS to my LIKE 13...(^_^).

Best wishes from Picardy-France,François

Toz on September 7

Nice sunset Sam L&F. All the best TOZ.

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Photo taken in Saint John's Castlerigg and Wythburn, Cumbria, UK

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  • Uploaded on September 25, 2012
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    by Yorkshire Sam
    • Taken on 2012/09/21 18:53:49
    • Exposure: 0.100s (1/10)
    • Focal Length: 58.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash