Sunday, 3 August 2014

All Sacred, Trenant Wood and Castle Haze

"All Sacred" :- Quite a rare sight. Ancient standing stones and a church within a few meters of each other. The church in question is the Avebury Chapel Centre URC Church in the heart of Avebury, a UNESCO world heritage site in Wiltshire, England. The church was founded in 1670 and according to its website (http://www.aveburychapel.co.uk/index.htm) is thought to be "the only non-conformist religious building to be housed within a pagan stone circle". Avebury itself is a Neolithic henge monument that contains three stone circles around the village in southwest England. The huge circular bank, ditch and inner circle of great standing stones covers an area of over 28 acres and is said to be the most complex of Britain's surviving Neolithic henge monuments and also reputedly the largest stone circle in the World. Just Google "avebury aerial view" as an image search and you'll see what I mean!



"Trenant Wood" :- This is a view of Trenant Wood as seen from the bank of the East Looe River as it runs through Looe, a small coastal town and fishing port in south-east Cornwall, England. The wood is looked after by the Woodland Trust which is the UK's leading woodland conservation charity and is situated on the peninsula of land formed by the convergence of the East and West Looe Rivers just north of the town of Looe itself. The wood is one of the Woodland Trusts most important Cornish sites. I took this shot during low tide on the 22nd May 2014 just after 7 pm.



"Castle Haze" :- I don't often admit to things like this but I have to come clean and say that I am very pleased with this image! It was a simple case of once again being in the right place just at the right time. Arundel is an old market town that sits in a steep vale of the South Downs in West Sussex, England. It's (approx) 18 miles West of Brighton and is well known for several things but the most famous of all is its Castle. It was built at the end of the 11th Century and has been the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1000 years. I happened to look up as I was walking by the stream that runs along Mill Road and saw this view of the Castle in the haze of the sun and took the shot. It loooks like a thing of myth, legend or fantasy, some CGI special effect for yet another film about dragons, vampires, knights or quests but it's not. It's solid history, it's on the map and it's open to the public!



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