Monday, 24 May 2010

The Sphinx Stone, Millstone Edge

the sphinx stone, Millstone Edge, Derbyshire

When I spotted this weathered rock at Millstone Edge it reminded me of a reclining lion. It wouldn't surprise me to find out it's called The Sphinx Stone but as far as I know it's just a nameless rock. :-(

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Stanton Moor is a wild upland area between Matlock and Bakewell which was an important site in the Bronze Age. Nicholas Thomas's Guide to Prehistoric England lists more than 60 prehistoric features on Stanton Moor including The Nine Ladies stone circle.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

The Cork Stone, Derbyshire

The Cork Stone, Stanton Moor

The strangely shaped Cork Stone on Stanton Moor is about 5m high and apparently a natural outcrop. Iron handholds have been added to make it easier to climb.

In 1789 Major Hayman Rooke recorded four standing stones surrounding the Cork Stone, but these have long since disappeared.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The Andle Stone, Derbyshire

the Andle Stone, Twopenny Loaf, The Oundle Stone, The Anvil Stone

Derbyshire's Andle Stone is 5m high and stands in a field surrounded by a drystone wall. Among the modern graffiti at the top are cup marks, possibly contemporary with nearby stone circles Doll Tor and the Nine Ladies.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Hunting Kestrel

Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

The Kestrel is hovering over the fields watching for the slightest movement before diving down for the kill. :-)

Monday, 3 May 2010

Lost Feather


A few days ago I asked if anyone can identify a mystery nature photo. Amber, Sharkbytes, The Accessory Lady, Steve and Ville all recognised the close-up of a feather. Nice work :-)
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