the devil fools

local legend has it that the circle was once intended as the site of an early church, but each night after a hard days sweat and toil, the devil would arrive and sink the stones down into the earth and the name sunkenkirk means just that – sunken church. however, the circle pre-dates the birth of christianity by some three thousand years, so although a brilliant story, this doesn’t seem very likely.

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mystic round

that mystic round of druid fame,

tardily sinking by its proper weight,

deep into patient earth, from whose smooth breast it came

william wordsworth the river duddon sonnets

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break the magic

like with many stone circles the stones of sunkenkirk are said to be uncountable, as to count the stones of a circle is to brake its magic, but sat there waiting for the sun its hard not to have a go. there seem to be around fifty four stones although only about thirty are still standing. i can’t be certain of the exact number though as each time i tried to count i came up with a different total, don’t break the magic.

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arrive in darkness

after dragging myself out of bed at half past three and stealing out into the cold, quite night it was still dark when i arrived at sunkenkirk. i sat down to wait for the sun to arrive. i then noticed the eastern skies turn blood red as the darkness began to lift.

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ruins of rome

the rising sun

flames on the ruins in the purer air

towering aloft

john dyer 1740

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lean to

at some point during the nineteenth century a number of the stones were toppled to make way for a barn. however upon hearing of the destruction the owner of the estate ordered work to stop and for any stones to be put back. since then the circle has remained untouched and is considered to be one of the most complete circles anywhere in the uk. still this hasn’t stopped some of the stones resting up against their neighbours.

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mater et pater

if you look beyond the flowers in the foreground of this picture you can see the largest stone in the circle. it is aligned due north and directly across the circle from it at due south is another large stone. you can see it on the left of this shot, lower but wider than the north stone. it is said that these two stones or monoliths represent the mother and the father.

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lights out

this is just before dawn at about four o’clock looking across morecambe bay. its strange that when we leave a room we turn the lights out but when we all go to bed the lights in our towns and cities remain on. i really like the colours of the layers of moody clouds in this shot

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coastal attractions

this looks like it could be pier in a seaside town, its lights sparkling across the sea at night, full of fairground rides and slot machines, a beacon of chintzy good times, its is in fact heysham power station and its been up all night.

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nuclear dawn

this is another shot looking across morecambe bay to heysham power station. it seems to me strange and a little irresponsible that nuclear power plants are often located along side areas of natural beauty and fragile ecosystems

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