Lens – Artists Challenge # Seasonal


I have selected only one image with which to illustrate Lens-Artists Challenge #24 – SEASONAL.

Why only one image.  Well today is the 16th of December, nearly the winter solstice.  Up until a very few years ago by this time in December snow would have made not just an appearance but made us very aware of its presence. The above image was take some 4 years ago (it is in colour not monotone) and the very last occasion of snow in early December.

I guess with the recent Global Conference on Climate Change and its warnings you could perhaps say those changes are very much with us. Certainly none of our seasons, in this small part of the UK have followed the usual seasonal character’s or patterns.

So have some more fun and pop along to this link to see what others have suggested for this weeks challenge:-




 16th December

(C) David Oakes 2018

Silent Sunday……. A Sacred Place for Many


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Castlerigg Stone Circle above Keswick, Cumbria

Although some today cast doubt on its reason for being constructed in this location and its purpose, it is accepted as being an early Megalithic construction.

Most widely help believes are that it was an important Druid place of worship. Maybe its alignment to catch both the summer and winter solstice’s is the best clue.

The other indisputable fact is that it is superbly located….. nestling on a high(ish) plateau amongst the even higher Cumbrian Fells.

A  very popular well visited spot by Tourists throughout the year, solstice or not, and who can blame them it just a magical place.


16th December

(C) David Oakes 2018