Today we got to spend an afternoon at Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies Stone Circle. We did a little sketching, (which you don’t get to see) and took some photographs (which you do). Tiro took some of the landscape, both in colour and the nifty sepia function that he found on his phone a little while ago, and I focussed more on the macro shots. Here are the results – please bear in mind that it is early December, and thusly there aren’t very many due to our fingers going numb after a short while.
Tiro’s photographs first:
My pictures tend to focus more on the small-scale, but I did get a few of the stones and circle.
Yes, I took a picture of grass. I really liked the way that the water droplets clung to it, it just seems beautiful to me.
The colour of the bracken contrasts really nicely with the lichened granite. I love the colours and the over-exposure of the front bracken stems. So sue me, I’m not a professional photographer!
Lichen grows all over the rocks up on the moor, and some of it has really beautiful shapes and colours.
I liked the contrasts in this one, and the fact that you can view it from any way up…
This is silver birch twigs in a puddle on one of the paths to the Nine Ladies stone circle.
This is from a dead Bilberry bush next to one of the moor paths.
New growth on a Rhodedendron bush (which I’m not sure I’ve spelt right…)
Spagnum moss growing up through the leaf litter
This moss is actually growing vertically up the side of one of the circle stones.
There are plenty of Silver Birch trees near to the circle itself, I love the oranges and greens on this Silver Birch bark.
And finally to the circle itself:
This is looking towards the King Stone, which can be seen up the grass avenue.
This is a cropped image taken from the above photograph and rebalanced.
We also took a few of the offerings on the wishing tree today. For those who wonder what that is, it’s an oak tree near to the circle of stones, which has locally become known as a ‘wishing tree’. You’re likely to find offerings left there by folks, which include ribbons, letters, flowers and the like. It’s a wonderful practice, but for me it would carry more meaning if the offerings were biodegradable and didn’t have the potential to stunt or harm the oak in the process. Just a thought.
I really like this last one; the giver has woven together what looks like hawthorn twigs into a circle to place as an offering.