Orkney; June 2009
My friend and I were sightseeing around mainland Orkney when we stumbled across this circle of Standing Stones – or rather, Standing Pebbles!
I don’t know who did this but it tickled my fancy as a joyful and creative response to the environment. I could imagine doing this with a child – but equally, if I were feeling playful, on my own.
Whoever it was, it seems likely they were inspired by the nearby Ring of Brodgar (the subject of a post earlier this week). But while 27 of the original 60 standing stones of Brodgar are still standing after 5,000-odd years, this is a far more transient construction.
In fact, since we found the arrangement on the beach at the Brough of Gurness – an Iron-Age site that is an island at high tide and a peninsula at low tide – it was probably washed away with the next tide. And that’s just fine.
Art isn’t always about the legacy.
This post is my contribution to Photo Friday, a weekly blogging event hosted by Debbie of DeliciousBaby Journal. Please visit her site to see all the other entries this week.
Quick link: It’s September 11, a date that is etched indelibly on the psyche of the modern era. Over at BlogHer, Pam Mandel has written a thoughtful piece on how the terror attacks eight years ago have changed travel for so many of us. It’s a great read.