Salisbury, England – Stonehenge (HDR)

Stonehenge Close Up HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

Back in the summer I took a but tour to Stonehenge….check my previous post for the fun details.  I am glad that I had a chance to see this magical place.   There are ropes all around the stone circle…for this shot I was about one foot off the ground crouched with my tripod and cable release….5 exposures and post processed in Photomatix.  I wanted to get a closeup of the rocks as they have some nice texture.  I figured HDR would be the way to go!  Thanks to the clouds as well!!

Here is some addtl info from the web:   Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) west of Amesburyand 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earth works surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones and sits at the centre of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Agemonuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists had believed that the iconic stone monument was erected around 2500 BC, as described in the chronology below. However one recent theory has suggested that the first stones were not erected until 2400-2200 BC, whilst another suggests that bluestones may have been erected at the site as early as 3000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC.

They are some old rocks indeed!  If you ever have the chance to see them, I’d say go for it!  It’s nice to check mark this off the list of famous sight to see in the world.   Rock on Stonehenge!

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