Stonehenge, Castlerigg, Brodgar

Here are some favorite photos from the Neolithic stone circles of England and Orkney, visited in the last few years:

Stonehenge, in Wiltshire
Castlerigg Stone Circle, in Cumbria, the Lakes District
The Ring of Brodgar, in Orkney

As the archaeologists will tell you, these circles of standing stones were intentionally placed in an already sacred landscape, hence the photos of Stonehenge sitting in its huge surroundings; the views of Castlerigg impossible without the Cumbrian mountains around it; and Brodgar’s placement between two lochs of fresh and saltwater, and sitting in a beautiful sea of blazing heather. 


Stonehenge, September 2012






Castlerigg Stone Circle (The Lakes), March 2014






Ring of Brodgar (Orkney), September 2015







4 replies »

  1. your turn of focus is very admirable. heather grows abundantly in Britain, technically a nuisance as it is so aggressive, i detect a link between man & heather somewhere.
    shockingly despite it being my country, i have only visited Castlerigg. note the duality of the elements between southern Stonehenge & northern Castlerigg & Orkney, typical Britain.


  2. A lovely, evocative piece of writing, conjuring up so many images of great standing stones, heather and lochs. I’ve been to Castlerigg many times and to Stonehenge once – a few weeks ago. I’d dearly love to get up to Brodgar at some stage, too. Your photos are excellent.


  3. I think of the ending of Thomas Hardy’s novel – Tess of the D’Ubervilles and feel very sad the futility of the ending of her life in this way. It is haunting every time we drive past.


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