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Sunset on Castlerigg

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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Photo details

  • 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