Visit to Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies

Sky Over Stanton Moor

Sky Over Stanton Moor

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:

One of the paths over Stanton Moor

One of the paths over Stanton Moor

Nine Ladies Stone Circle - sepia

Nine Ladies Stone Circle - sepia

Silver Birch Trees at the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor

Silver Birch Trees at the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor

The Watchtower at Stanton Moor

The Watchtower at Stanton Moor

Nine Ladies Stone Circle at Stanton Moor

Nine Ladies Stone Circle at Stanton Moor

My pictures tend to focus more on the small-scale, but I did get a few of the stones and circle.

Gatepost on Stanton Moor

Gatepost on Stanton Moor

Stanton Moor - Flora

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.

Stanton Moor - Flora

Stanton Moor - Flora

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!

Stanton Moor - Flora

Stanton Moor - Flora

Lichen grows all over the rocks up on the moor, and some of it has really beautiful shapes and colours.

Stanton Moor - Flora

Stanton Moor - Flora

I liked the contrasts in this one, and the fact that you can view it from any way up…

Stanton Moor - Flora

Stanton Moor - Flora

This is silver birch twigs in a puddle on one of the paths to the Nine Ladies stone circle.

Stanton Moor - Flora

Stanton Moor - Flora

This is from a dead Bilberry bush next to one of the moor paths.

Stanton Moor - Flora

Stanton Moor - Flora

New growth on a Rhodedendron bush (which I’m not sure I’ve spelt right…)

Stanton Moor - Flora

Stanton Moor - Flora

Spagnum moss growing up through the leaf litter

Stanton Moor - Flora

Stanton Moor - Flora

This moss is actually growing vertically up the side of one of the circle stones.

Silver Birch trees near the Nine Ladies

Silver Birch trees near the Nine Ladies

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:

Nine Ladies Stone Circle - Stanton Moor

Nine Ladies Stone Circle - Stanton Moor

This is looking towards the King Stone, which can be seen up the grass avenue.

Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor

Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor

Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor

Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor

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.

Wishing Tree at Nine Ladies, Stanton Moor

Wishing Tree at Nine Ladies, Stanton Moor

Wishing Tree at Nine Ladies, Stanton Moor

Wishing Tree at Nine Ladies, Stanton Moor

Wishing Tree at Nine Ladies, Stanton Moor

Wishing Tree at Nine Ladies, Stanton Moor

I really like this last one; the giver has woven together what looks like hawthorn twigs into a circle to place as an offering.

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5 thoughts on “Visit to Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies

  1. I tried emailing you on your contacts page with a couple of pictures I have of the Wishing Tree but the mail bounced back. Drop me an email and I’ll resend.

    • Hi, Stephen, and thanks. I’ve emailed you at the address you’ve given – if you haven’t received that in the next few hours drop us another comment and I’ll pass you a different address to try, if you’re happy to do so. – Kate

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