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Power of Stonehenge

January 23, 2011
Windmills at Stonehenge

Wind turbines spin lazily beyond Stonehenge, is a concrete recreation of the historic stones overlooking the Columbia River just east of Maryhill Museum of Art. Photo Mark B. Gibson/The Dalles Chronicle

Stonehenge in the Gorge is a local landmark/tourist attraction/war memorial east of Maryhill Museum in Washington. It mirrors the famous rocks of Britain, except that these are all upright and fresh. I’ve often photographed it, and noticed some time ago that the ever-growing forest of power turbines in the area now surrounded the Stone circle. With yet another wind turbine story to illustrate, I decided to combine the power and the stone.

The light was very bad, and as always the stones were very frustrating to photograph. About the time you line something up through one gap in the stone another stone has begun to obstruct the rest of the composition. I would have liked, for example, the towers in the right “window” unobscured by the pillar, which stands some distance from the circle. It just couldn’t be done; the slightest shift in angle obscured one turbine or the other. I circled about for a long time, standing in front of first one stone and then another. There is a geometry to it all that is fascinating, and after a while you start to get a sense of it… but not for very long, it seems.

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  1. tzopilotl permalink
    January 23, 2011 04:01

    …a fitting memorial to the solstice bear, shortest day of the year was the big ceremony
    when bonfires and the powerful=iueli(N)=ue(N)=way(big)=uel(N/reverential)=well(E)=
    ub/be(a)r/l(letra)=bear=iueli(N)=powerful, and goes on to form, iberia/hibernia/inverness, places of cave bear worship, a neandertal rite.
    the cave bear is now extinct, but with decoding by max planck institute, germany,
    a bear region, we know neander and promethean neandra are in our genes.
    the cave bear died on solstice as christ was born, then revived in spring when christ
    died and rose again. our animal christ, whose sacrifice pushed father sun through his
    weakest day. oh yeah, iueli(N)=hibernate, and it’s power refers to another animal,
    iueli(N)=ivery/ivory, or animals such as hippos, whales, orcas, etc., but the main
    purveyor and victim=ollin pantli=holy flag/family=pamitl(N)=flag,=
    as yet another addendum to iueli(N)=powerful, the etruscan holy book, the liber
    linteus, the linen book, is written in burnt ivory ink.

    • February 2, 2011 23:00

      About two percent of this makes sense to me, and the software marked it as spam, but Stonehenge, real and reproduced in concrete, tends to inspire a great deal of speculation and theories.

  2. May 13, 2011 08:35

    We were just there last weekend–stopped for a moment on our way home Sunday night, just as the sun was going down. I had the same trouble you did. You put my frustration into words. Those stones are hard to photograph! lol

    Your photos here, though, are just wonderful. I enjoyed seeing Stonehenge from the lens of your camera.

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