Misty Dawn in Avebury

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks in the UK, mainly in and around the beautiful county of Wiltshire. If you’re familiar with this part of southern England, you’ll know that it abounds with incredible prehistoric sights, including Stonehenge.

I’ve got several posts planned for the next couple of weeks about some of the beautiful places I visited, but this week’s travel theme and photo challenges from Ailsa, Nancy, Cee and Sue have given me an opportunity to preview one of my favourite prehistoric locations. One that I believe rivals Stonehenge itself. Avebury.

At Avebury you really do stand at the threshold of a mysterious and fascinating landscape. Especially on an early spring dawn, when the first rays of sunlight slant across the misty downs to gently kiss the enigmatic stone circle and surrounding monuments.


Dawn at the neolithic stone circle at Avebury

Dawn at the neolithic stone circle at Avebury

In the dawn shadow of one of Avebury's massive stones

In the dawn shadow of one of Avebury’s massive stones

The mysterious, smooth-sided prehistoric mound of Silbury Hill, less than a mile from the Avebury stone circle

The mysterious, smooth-sided prehistoric mound of Silbury Hill, less than a mile from the Avebury stone circle

This week’s photo themes are Misty from Ailsa (of Where’s My Backpack?), Backlit from Nancy (of Nancy Merrill Photography), Smooth Objects from Cee (of Cee’s Photography), Contrast from Sue (of A Word in Your Ear) and Threshold  from the Daily Post. And since we’re talking Misty and Mysterious it also fits with this week’s A to Z Challenge, which is the letter M.

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37 Responses to Misty Dawn in Avebury

  1. Wonderful shots! Thank you for joining the challenge.

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  3. I love these, Jaspa. I’ve seen Stonehenge, but not the others.


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  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Wonderful photography. Thanks for playing.

  6. Amy says:

    Great take on, Jaspa! Awesome capture!

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  11. suej says:

    What a great time of day to visit Avebury…I’ve only ever seen it in very flat light, and so you’ve put a whole new perspective on the place for me!

  12. DagEnDauw says:

    Fascinating photo’s. I saw a whole bunch of these megalithic stones last summer when visiting Brittany (France). They’re truly “misty”call, aren’t they? 😉

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  18. mithriluna says:

    Very interesting! Great shots!

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  20. frizztext says:

    I saw Stonehenge reports very often but never heard about those Avebury’s massive stones – I’m really surprised…

    • Jaspa says:

      The stones at Avebury aren’t as regular as those of Stonehenge, nor do they have the famous horizontal lintels. But to me they’re just as impressive, and in some ways even more so. Not least because the circle and ditches at Avebury are so large, they contain the best part of an entire village!

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  22. I thought I was doing good with 3 challenges in one, but you have out done me 😉 Well done combining them all.

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  24. mukhamani says:

    This is so fascinating and there is so much scope for imagination:) Thanks,
    Lakshmi Bhat

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