I’ve been racking my brains for a topic that starts with S. At first the only thing I came up with was ‘Sketches of Stones’ but then I thought ‘Stonehenge’, and it’s in Salisbury. But I couldn’t find my photos of it; it’s probably in multiple boxes of Slides tucked somewhere or other. Then I thought of Standing Stones, both natural and man-made, that show up in surprising places.
So here are some Standing Stone rock formations from around the world.
These fantastic standing stones and pictographs are found in Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, a rented motorcycle distance away from the city of Nong Khai, in Northeast Thailand (Issan).
In many cases the Thai people had wedged in sticks that made it look as if the sticks were holding up the enormous weight of the stones. In another instance they had built a small dwelling into the stone formation.
In the American South West there are many instances of standing stones.
‘Balancing Rock’ in Arches National Park, Utah.
Mexican Hat in Utah, a distinctive standing stone that gives its name to the nearby town.In Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, a trail leads down through masses of standing stones.
Pentre Ifan, a burial chamber in Wales.Megalithic tombs at Carrowmore, one of the four major passage tomb complexes in Ireland.Standing stones: one of many megalithic dolmans in Portugal.A map of Megaliths & Standing Stones in Castelo de Vide, one small part of Portugal on the Spanish border.Finally, the Inukshuk in front of a Smoky Sun Set in August and September when our province was on fire. Inukshuks are the traditional Inuit way of Stacking Stones to act as a trail marker (Vancouver, Canada). For more of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Starts with the Letter S.