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Callanish Standing Stones

Four thousand years ago a Neolithic conversation in Callanish went as thus:

“Why don’t we stand huge fekin’ boulders on top of this hill?”

“They weigh five heffers each! Why?”

“Lets do it on the longest….no shortest day.”

“Eh Why?”

“Lets put them into the same pattern as the lights in the night sky, as god commands.”

“Come again beardy”

“No look over there, that group of hills resemble a sleeping woman. Lets do that !”

“Have you been smokin’ kelp weed again hairy? Word to the wise, keep magic fire away from that face.”

“I know. We’ll knock-up a prototype stone circle here on this hill here then build a bigger one 1,000 beardlengths over there. In that one lets bury the bones of Morag the Mammoth”

Today we have no clear idea why Neolithic Scots created the stone circles at Callanish. Without written history things get lost. We excavate, scan, carbon date and take arial surveys to guess how it was done and hope it leads to why. I love follies and curiosities and some very special buildings. You might guess the how, but never get the why. Neolithic Scots – I salute you. What is your ‘Callanish’ ?

A Stone Circle

 

Rainbow over Circle

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Isle of Lewis Beaches – Mealasta & Mangersta

Storm passes on the Isle of Lewis beaches Mealasta and Mangersta. It’s a wild coastline exposed to Altlantic ocean and storms, yet still the sun shone. I was lucky to experience changing weather systems as beach transitioned from sunshine to rain/sleet/storm/sunset.

Stormy Mangersta beach
Rain frozen in frame with sun on a Stormy Mangersta beach

 

Blue and yellow
Blue and yellow

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Harris Scotland

North Harris Scotland is another slice of nice. Rainbows, rain and sunshine bring out so much definition in landscape photography. A bridge in the east links to Scalpay, an island of around 300 people that includes the lighthouse at Eilan Glas. More photography of that soon.

Hamlet, Isle of Scalpay
Hamlet, Isle of Scalpay

 

Harris arch
Harris arch

 

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