Salisbury, England – Stonehenge (HDR)

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I will admit to being a big fan of the show Ancient Aliens. How these ancient cultures built these amazing structures years ago…make me wonder. Stonehenge was on my bucket list and I had to visit it. After seeing it…nothing special. I imagine years ago it was cool to visit when you could walk amongst the rocks. Now they have it roped off and you walk around in a circle to view the structure. Not much excitement. Maybe the Flintstones built it?

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Salisbury, England – Stonehenge (HDR)


From the mystical Salisbury, England you can find Stonehenge. I took a bus tour this day from downtown London and it was pretty fun. Unfortunately, you only get (if I recall correctly) about 30-45 minutes at Stonehenge and the bus ride was a few hours long (one way). My time was spent circling the monument looking for the cool pics…while dodging tourists. Is Stonehenge worth the trip? Yes, to mark it off the list. But just like the bus driver stated as we approached and you could see Stonehenge on the horizon…”There you can see the bunch of rocks”. LOL I guess if you drive there every day…that is what you see. Cheers!

Ingram, TX – Stonehenge & Easter Island Collide! (HDR)


Recently I was taking the long drive to go check out the fall color at Lost Maples over the weekend and as I was cruising along and to my right I saw Stonehenge!! I made a note to check it out on my way back. I had no idea it was located in Ingram, TX or that I was even driving near it! Too funny! Ingram is about 2 hours away from Austin. I pulled in and there it was…Stonehenge II and two Easter Island heads. Classic! Not the most beautiful location, but hey as a photographer, we can try to make it look better. Hopefully the HDR and texture combo works?

I checked out some info on the web…Stonehenge II was erected as an amusing art project by the late Al Shepperd and his friend and neighbor, Doug Hill. Hill had offered a limestone slab to Shepperd in 1989, unused in his recently completed back patio. Shepperd stood the rock up monolith-style, and then odd thoughts started to seep into his head. He was gripped by what we’ve observed as a rare but not unknown malady — Stonehenge Fever.

Within the next year, Shepperd bankrolled Hill to construct plaster and graphite-covered metal mesh and steel frameworks, replicating the mysterious stones of England, in the middle of Shepperd’s pasture. He opted for a somewhat faithful replica, akin to Sam Hill’s Stonehenge more than Carhenge or even Fridgehenge. The finished product is 90% as wide as the original, and 60% the height. Shepperd added two 13-ft. tall Easter Island heads a year and a half later, after visiting Easter Island.

Great stuff! I had no idea there was such a thing as Fridgehenge or Carhenge…gotta luv this odd world!!