Immobile silent presence
Whispering ancestral songs
Time shifts beyond consciousness
The photo for this week’s prompt shows the Gardom Stone, on Gardom’s Edge in Derbyshire. It is curious how many people wrote pieces this week that seemed to include some of the qualities of this particular stone.
Even for a standing stone, it is remarkable. It is a shapeshifter, changing form with every step you take around it. Not just revealing other perspectives, but seeming to reveal different aspects of an inner nature hidden from the conscious mind. We found that it invites you to step back through time… and time is essential to its positioning.
Even the scientists agree that it was deliberately and precisely erected to function as a seasonal gnomon. It stands within the greater prehistoric andscape. Within a few yards you will find a huge enclosure, a fabulously carved stone, hut circles, pits, cairns and alignments, as well as a site we believe was for the preparation of the ancestral bones. Witin a mile as the crow flies, there are stone circles galore, a massive prehistoric settlement site and a prehistoric necropolis.
One of the stories we do not usually share, for fear of being carted off in straitjackets, is that this site is one of the places where we have encountered temporal anomalies. There have been other, less straightforward shifts in temporal perception, but this was the only occasion when we had actual, if subjective, proof that someting weird was going on.
When we are out exploring, I take a lot of photographs to record the sites and pick up any details we may have missed. The images are time-stamped, so we knew exactly when we had left the carved stone. We were also keeping a close eye on the time, as we were waiting for a pub to open for lunch, as we were cold and damp. So, we noticed before we left the moor and it really threw us. Between one stone and the next, no matter how we tried to explain it…and believe me, we tried… we had unaccountably ‘lost’ at least twenty minutes…
Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week…even sharing ‘extra’ poss, there was no way to reblog them all! I wish there was space to share all the contributions, as there are some beautiful pieces every week that I would love to reblog, but which come in after I have filled all the allocated slots.
All the posts are listed below, so please click on the links to read them and leave a comment for the author. Thank you too, to everyone who reblogged the prompt, round up and the individual resposes.
A new prompt will be published later today. I will reblog as many contributions as space and time allows, as they come in… and all of them will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.
Pingbacks do not always come through… and I can miss things too, so if you have written a post for this challenge and it does not appear in the round-up, please leave a link to your post in the comments and I will add it to the list.
A Reminder and an invitation
As there are usually too many contributions to reblog all of them every week, and so that we can get to know their writers, I would like to invite all writephoto regulars to come and introduce themselves on the blog as my guest! ‘Regulars’ does not mean you have to take part every week… Click here for details
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Many thanks to this weeks contributors:
and a second take from Trent