Stonehenge by Leslie Morris


Standing close to Stonehenge in the early morning of a summer’s day is not being surrounded by history but by mystery.

Sure, the stones are compelling and dramatic but, for me, it is a special location because it has avoided a clearly defined explanation in terms of who (built it), how ( was it constructed) and why (purpose) this mammoth task was undertaken at all.

Every theory (and I have read most of them) has it’s advocates and it’s naysayers.

Explanations range from the reasonably scientific (Royal Crematorium) to the definitely weird (a kind of Heathrow Airport for visiting UFOs and aliens)

Through my travel blog (forgive the blatant advertisement!), I am used to finding a place, researching the background and reaching a reasonably good understanding of a proven history.

Stonehenge gives me the chance to just be there, to absorb the atmosphere, ponder it’s secrets and marvel at how these magnificent rocks, in a field, dare mere mortals to understand their provenance.

For my picture, I have chosen one which highlights the “Heelstone” as it is historically and currently of great interest. Originally, it was a key part of the resilient theory that the location was a kind of astronomical clock, where this particular “rock” acted as a pointer aligning the midsummer sunrise with the centre of the main stone circle.

In more recent times, the fact that it shows no sign of being worked upon with tools and appears to have once been originally located only a short distance, from it’s position today, has been used as a justification that many of the stones at Stonehenge might already have been “lying around” before the actual construction of the artefact commenced. This, at least partially, could explain how such heavy items were moved great distances by people with modest available technology.