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Stonehenge, between heavy rain showers

Stonehenge. One of the true wonders of the ancient world, and a jewel in the crown for English Heritage and the National Trust. Yet its continued existence seems more through good luck than planning: over the years it’s been damaged, pillaged, ignored, bypassed, and almost taken for granted. There’s a main road on either side of it, military bases surround it, and hundreds of thousands of people visit the site every year. There used to be a railway and an aerodrome next to it. When you consider all that, it’s surprising it’s lasted for so many millenia.

I was slightly underwhelmed by the scale of the the main ring of stones: don’t get me wrong, the stones are still pretty massive and imposing, but I always thought the area of the earthworks would be much wider than it actually was. It’s actually quite dinky.

This was the first time I’d been to Stonehenge, and it was a more fleeting visit than I’d intended as I dodged heavy rainstorms sweeping across Salisbury Plain. I’m happy I captured the site, although I’d love to have shot a pano from the centre of the main stone circle. However access is limited and genteel middle-aged anorak’d wardens ensure nobody breaches the barrier. Low-key but effective security… it’s all terribly British really.

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Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or for more info in Google Earth and Wikipedia.

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Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or for more info in Google Earth and Wikipedia.