July 28, 2014

Standing Guard

Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

The Stones of Stenness may be Britain’s most ancient stone circle. Erected during the Stone Age on the Orkney Islands at the northern tip of modern-day Scotland, the stones likely formed part of a larger complex linked by religious ritual.

See more pictures from the August 2014 feature story “Before Stonehenge."

27 comments
Janice H.
Janice H.

Striking and majestic!        You can literally feel the enormous span of time involved in this photo.        Reminds me a little of the movie, 2001, A Space Odyssey!        I really love this picture in every way.  

ht may
ht may

The Stones of Stenness.


It appears that the location of the monoliths provides a navigational touchstone for nearly all of both Lock Stenness and Lock Harray. The relative position and orientation of the distinctive top shape make them identifiable as a navigational aid. Did they have this technology too?


Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

Great work. The lighting is magical of course outlining the obelisk.  Cool.  Love the colors and the deep  shadow. Thanks for sharing and congrats.  Cheers. 

Liz Daniel
Liz Daniel

We driven to the very tip of northern Scotland but haven't visited the Orkney Islands.   Your photo and story made us add this to the list.  Thank you.

Lawrence Stubbs
Lawrence Stubbs

it makes feel so small, but part of something so vast.  Great photo and thanks.

Lisa Sciacca
Lisa Sciacca

I love the glow from the ground, and the anticipation it creates. Really nice work.

Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

This photo evokes beauty and for a brief moment a glimpse of what the people saw long ago! 

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Sentinels to a bygone age still standing strong today. A great sun lit photograph that is worth looking at, and caught at just the right time. j.e.s..........

norbert wabnig
norbert wabnig

fantastic photo, so is the cover-photo of the actual magazin right now.

G. Gogiashvili
G. Gogiashvili

and somebody can tell me how I can upload my photos here?

Jane C.
Jane C.

absolutely Beautiful!!

John Warren
John Warren

@ht may Yes, they did. It was linked via satellite, a crude but highly sophisticated hammer throw launched in low orbit.

By the by, my ancestors are from the Orkneys, so I should know...

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