Friday, December 26, 2008
SKYWATCH FRIDAY (Memories of Summer)
Like many other people who are doing skywatch pictures this week, there is an element of escapism in my photos. At present we have a thick blanket of snow on the ground, last night the temperature dropped to 5 degrees so now everything is covered in a layer of ice, today we are forecast to have freezing drizzle and fog, then high winds, then torrential rains with a rise in temperature to 44 degrees and flood warnings for our area! This is just not conducive to rushing outside to take pictures of the sky. So I have unearthed some photos from our trip to Cornwall in June when it was actually a pleasure to be outside rather than a misery!
These first two pictures are of an ancient stone structure called Lanyon Quoit, it is a burial chamber that predates the pyramids. The whole structure would have originally been covered with an earth mound and the body would have been inside the chamber created by the stones. It was a perfect day when we hiked up to this spot and we could see for miles, I love the fluffy white clouds floating by.
Not far from the quoit is the remains of an iron age castle. There is not much remaining apart from the entrance way and most of the protective wall that surrounded it. If you go inside and look carefully amongst the bracken you can make out areas that look like possible fire pits and there is the remains of a well there too. The people who chose the location for this castle were very smart, you can see for miles in every direction so there would be no chance of being attacked without warning. It is a great spot to sit and gaze up at the sky. Very often in the Summer the skylarks are hovering way up high and singing their beautiful song. (I told you I was indulging in some escapism! :) )
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Photo Credits - Dominick V
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