Hello again all. I've been revisiting some of my photographs using Adobe Lightroom over the last few days... it extracts much more detail out of the raw files than seemed possible when the pictures were first taken. On such note, I present a couple from a site a short drive from my home. Taken at sunset on a glorious August evening a couple of years ago. Some of you may have seen a previous incarnation of one of these pictures, on another site.
Some background for you. This church, abandoned in the middle ages, was built nearly 1000 years ago, in the midst of a prehistoric henge. The henge is the grassy mound you can see surrounding the church in the picture. In fact this is part of the outlying areas that run to Stonehenge, so may well be connected. So this site has been sacred for thousands of years. The church was abandoned because of the devil and his appearance/interference with the site after the Bubonic plague wiped out the nearby village. Having been there to take these after dark, I can confirm that it is indeed a spooky site.. particularly in the midst of the church ruins when total darkness has fallen.
When I took these, I was just packing up and there was a large crash and a large stag came from the location of picture 2 (a burial mound with trees), straight through the ancient yew trees that mark the entrance to the Henge (and probably have done since my ancestors were banging rocks together) and straight across in front of me. It was a terrifying and exhilarating moment, all together. Given the history of the site, and the significance of the route chosen, it was not a little unnerving.
As always, encouragements, commentary criticism and requests to desist all welcome.
Picture 1 :
Church at sunset,
Picture 2 :
Burial Mound, outlying the henge, sunset (check out the candyfloss cloud!)