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Callanish III Sacred Landscape by Stephen Whitehead

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Stephen Whitehead Stephen Whitehead
Explore score
0.13 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 14, 2014
Date taken
architectural, astrophotography, landscape, nature, travel

Panorama of Callanish III stone cirlce nestled in front of the sacred Cailleach na Mointeach (Old woman of the Moors) and Clisham hill ranges.

This 4000 - 5000 year old Stone circle is situated in a very unique location, due to its Northlery latitude for a few months every 19 years when the moon is at its southern extreme the full moon rises behind the Old woman of the moors range in a very low arc barely skimming the horizon before setting behind the Clisham hills beyond the circle where it reappears briefly a short time later in the distinct V shape.

In 55 BC the Greek writer Dioddorus wrote of such a phenomena: It is said that in this island of the Hyperboreans there is a spherical temple and the moon appears very near to the earth; that certain eminences of a terrestial form are plainly seen upon it; that the god (Apollo) visits the island once in the course of 19 years. During which time the god plays upon the harp,and dances every night from the vernal Equinox to the rising of the Pleiades, pleased with his own successes.

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