Travel Theme: Stone

Over at Ailsa’s blog, the Travel Theme this week is ‘Stone’. I immediately thought of my recent trip to Italy, and the Sassi (stones) of Matera. But then I thought it was time I had some images from the British Isles, and came up with stone circles.

Here’s an image I took years ago up in the Outer Hebrides, on monochrome film using my trusty Nikon FM2. This is Callanish Stone Circle on a very dull, drizzly day. I think I had to push process the film, because it was such poor light, hence all the grain. Perhaps it adds to the atmosphere?

Callanish stones

Callanish stones

You can see more stones if you visit ‘Where’s my Backpack?’.

 

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20 comments

  1. Very Stonehengish and moody.

  2. Maybe they looked so grey thousands of yaers ago? My grandson lookingthrough old black-and-white photos of his grand-parents concluded with amazement and compassion: How grey you all people were then!

  3. Beautiful B&W shot, shows off the texture so well – I think the noise adds to the mood too. And lets face it, in the Outer Hebrides it probably was pretty grey at the time 😉

    • Thanks Jude, I haven’t looked at this image for yonks, but I am quit e pleased with the texture of the rock. But I need to have a play around to see if I can get it to look more striking…. Glad you liked it! And actually, the light in that region can be beautiful, we were just unlucky that day.

  4. Suzanne

    What an extraordinary place. I like the grain – it really adds to the atmosphere.

  5. Hi Sue! I rather like them, grainy or not 🙂

  6. Adding my vote to the group who likes the grain and texture. 🙂 Perfect shot for this challenge!

  7. Excellent shot and the B&W is perfect for the atmosphere.

    janet

  8. I love them too! Wonder how many of these stone circles exist?

    • Well, I’ve just hunted out an old book of mine, which at the time of publishing (1979) stated that ‘more than 900 stone circles still stand throughout the British Isles’. Admittedly, many are tiny and in remote places…. And that’s only the British Isles!

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