Tag Archives: Long Meg

Lake district – October 2018 [Day 1 – Castlerigg. Day 2 – Ghyll Bank House, Staveley, rockets, hills, sheep. Day 3 – Long Meg and her Daughters, back to Ghyll Bank. Day 4 – Swinside/Sunkenkirk Stone circle. Day 5 – Castlerigg.]

For those of you who are not friends on Facebook, here are some photos taken in October 2018 when we visited the Lake district.

Day 1 – Castlerigg. Day 2 – Ghyll Bank House, Staveley, rockets, hills, sheep. Day 3 – Long Meg and her Daughters, back to Ghyll Bank. Day 4 – Swinside/Sunkenkirk Stone circle. Day 5 – Castlerigg. – [158 photos]

Ken

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Meg’s smile – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Looks Like a Face

This week Cee challenges us with the topic ‘Looks Like a Face’.

I always think that this profile of Long Meg looks like a face, in fact I think she would be rather at home in an episode of the Simpsons!

‘Meg’s smile’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2017.Meg's smile

Ken

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Surface

Well this week Frank challenges us with the topic ‘Surface’, so here are a couple of my thoughts.  The first a shot of the Moon.

‘Marked’, 2017.SurfaceMoon

The second was a just because, given I have been using a lot of photos of Long Meg recently, I thought this shot of the cup rings on her surface neatly tied up some of the recent themes.

‘Carved’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2017.SurfaceMeg

Ken

Love at first sight – V.J.’S Weekly Challenge #36: Wild card

Well this week V.J. has challenged us with:

This week, I am giving you a carte blanche…well, sort of… there’s a catch.

Go back over the last week’s worth of posts or so, and notice any words or phrases that repeat themselves. I’m talking adjectives, or verbs, maybe nouns.

Well given that my blog is mainly photographs this is an interesting challenge, in fact challenge and challenged have probably been the most common words used, when it comes to the most common shots they have been landscapes featuring ancient monuments and trees, and recently Long Meg and her daughters have featured a good few times.  Hmm I could challenge myself with attempting to take a challenging shot of Long Meg and her daughters but as I live nearly 300 miles and nearly 6 hours away, this might have to wait for my next visit.  Archives also appears quite frequently and therefore I have chosen to use the first shots I took of Long Meg.  This is a 5 shot stitch taken on the old Minolta dimage z3 and never before edited!

‘Love at first sight’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2011.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Ken

 

Linear imposition – Friendly Friday – Contrasts.

This week Amanda challenges us with:

This week on Friendly Friday Photography Challenge, I am asking you to create a post on “contrasts.

So I have chosen to use another photo of ‘Long Meg and her daughters’, this time for two reasons.  I like the contrast in this photo of the ‘linear’ being imposed on the ‘circular’, that is the ‘modern’ road being driven through the ‘ancient’ stone circle.  I also just like the visual contrast in this image the highlights and shadows of the sky.

‘Linear imposition’, Long Meg and her Daughters, Cumbria, 2018.ContrastMeg

Ken

Long shadows – Lens-Artists Challenge #32 – Shadows

This weeks challenge from Tina asks us:

Let’s make this week’s challenge SHADOWS.

We this is quite a hard one, as all our best photography is dependent on the shadows, looking for the best placement of light that results in the shadow when taking the shot, or of lightening them or darkening them in post.

So I could choose literally any photo, however lacking a photo of ‘Hank Marvin’, I chose these photos.

‘Long Shadow’, Long Meg and her daughters, Cumbria, 2018.Shadowmeg

‘Present Photographer’, Swinside/Sunkenkirk stone circle, Cumbria, 2018.Shadowswinside

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ken

 

 

From one end of the country to the other – Friendly Friday – Stay in your comfort zone.

This week ‘The Snow Melts Somewhere’ challenges us with:

Have you noticed how some people always urge you to come out of your comfort zone? It’s supposed to be good for you.

But sometimes all I want to do is just stay where I’m comfortable, do what I like doing. I don’t always want to leave my comfort zone!

So today’s prompt is short and sweet – yes, you guessed it: Comfort Zone.

So my first photo is of ‘Long Meg and her daughters, a stone circle in Cumbria.  Visiting stone circles and other ancient monuments can be both comfortable and uncomfortable.  But Long Meg and her daughters is definitely a space where I feel at home, recharged and within my comfort zone.  Also for double ‘comfort zone’ points this photo is a panoramic landscape made from a seven photo stitch, those of you who follow me know that taking such photos is also well within my comfort zone.  The resultant file was some 20,000 pixels in width, the resultant image has been reduced somewhat for your viewing pleasure, the site often has cows, and therefore pats, and thus flies, the shear number of little black dots to be removed was probably verging to outside my comfort zone.

‘Panoramic Meg’, Long Meg and her daughters, Little Salkeld, Cumbria, 2017.ComfortMeg

My second photo is of St. Ives, taken from the comfortable zone of the cafe in the Tate art gallery.  Visiting Cornwall is well within my comfort zone.

‘Backstreets and gardens’, St. Ives, Cornwall, 2014.ComfortStIves

Ken

There and Back again – Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Pathways

This week Amanda of Something to Ponder About hosts the ‘Friendly Friday Photo Challenge‘ and asks us:

Share your ‘Pathways’ photos on Friendly Friday.

The first photo is of a pathway I have been using a lot in these challenges recently, the pathway to Sunkenkirk/Swinside stone circle. And a reminder of the value of friendship.

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The second a photo of what is probably my favorite circle with the liner pathway that dissects her.  Long Meg and her daughters.

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The third a pathway that leads nowhere, but remember that if you are patient you will get to where you want to go. Pier at Brockhole, Lake Windermere.

path3

Pathways can take you in both directions though so be wary.  Rail track in Copenhagen.

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But I hope they deliver you to a place of peace.  St. Michaels mount, Cornwall.

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And bring you back safely to your friends and family. Karen at Greenway.

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Breath of a breeze – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Breeze

In this weeks challenge Dutch goes the Photo! asks:

After a week filled with the most gentle of contributions, it’s time to open ourselves to that gentlest of winds: the Breeze! Of course, you are not surprised by this selection, although you may find that this theme can lead into various directions… It could be a breeze to come up with a creative entry for this week, or you could unfurl a sail and float propelled by that breeze!

So let’s see, what comes from all of your creative minds this week, as we wind through their various passages. I hope you have some fun with this theme and look forward to what you’ll generate!

So here is a picture taken during Octobers visit to the Lake District – and a visit to Long Meg and her daughters, it was oddly still on this day, Meg was breathing shallowly, with hardly a breeze to blow the clouds away. But when the clouds parted the sunlight took my breath away.  So following on from last weeks challenge this photo contains only a most gentle breeze, certainly not the breeze that at times shapes the trees at this site in the most dramatic of ways.

long meg breeze