Wanderlust – Lochbuie Stone Circle

Mystical energy abounds@

I have to say the WordPress has been on a roll with their Weekly Photo Challenges, as they provide ample inspiration.  This week’s theme of Wanderlust is another cool one, so I figure that I’ll share some of my travel images over the next couple of days.

Let’s kick this week off with a rather magical location that is filled with energy reaching across the ages: the Lochbuie Stone Circle on the Isle of Mull, Scotland.  There is a small and well preserved stone circle overlooked by spectacular Ben Buie (in the background in this photo) and standing within the grounds of Lochbuie House.

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Loch Buie Stone Circle

The circle was originally nine granite stones, set in a ring about 12 metres in diameter, with the tallest stone being about two metres high. It is mainly composed of granite slabs which have been positioned with their flatter faces towards the inside of the circle. One of the original stones has been removed and replaced in recent times with a low boulder.

There are also three single stones set in the field at different distances from the circle. The nearest of these outlying stones is 5m away to the south-east, and is only 1m tall. The second outlier is a spectacular monolith 3m high and set about 40m away to the south-west. Also south-west of the circle, 107m away, is the third outlier, over 2 metres high. The stone is broken at the top and was probably taller when erected.

While walking this area, I could feel increased energy flowing forth from certain locations, which were imbued with power that reaches across time and space.  Clearly, this was a location of great importance to early settlers.

Friday Mystery Place – vol 22

Mystical stones

Happy Saturday morning!  A day late, as I spent most of the past three days locked up in meetings at work (10+ hours per day makes the brain go to mush 🙂 ).  First of all, last week’s Friday Mystery Place was a rather tough one to identify.  The location is the hydropower generating facility in the Kennebec River in Skowhegan, Maine.  Catching it on a day with great cloud cover made for a rather interesting image

How about something rather mystical this week…

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Mysticism Abounds!

Where is this location and what can you tell me about it?

This one is also a bit difficult, but keen observers may have some thoughts about this challenge.  Best of luck!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  The exposure settings were at 1/160 second at f/16 and 400 ISO.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 5

The magic of the stones

Travel allows us to get to interesting places, which can provide us with a sense of wonder about nature, the universe or mankind…

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Lochbuie Stone Circle

This week’s Wednesday Wonderment mixes a little bit of all these elements.  This image comes from a trip to the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland.  Mull is a wonderful place to vacation, where we spent a couple of great days.

In my research, I had found out about a beautiful walk that would lead us to a circle of stones known as the Lochbuie stones.  Originally, this stone circle was comprised of 9 stones, and, even though it is no longer complete, there is still palpable energy running through the lines created within this site.

The walk over took us along the shore and then in-land through some marshy land toward the stones.  Notable was that there was a second site of power along the route, which I didn’t find indicated anywhere, but could feel with surprising strength.  Scotland is replete with locations that radiate power from a variety of sources, which enhances the experience of the landscape and great people to an amazing level.

The photo shows the Lochbuie Stone Circle with Ben Buie in the distance; the weather was not what one expects from Scotland at all times.

Technical Details

I took this image with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII with a 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Shutter speed was at 1/125 second at f/18 at 400 ISO.