Hi there!

Last summer I did a road trip through Sweden.

Pretty much all the way from north to south in fact, and Sweden is a loooong country.

Being a bit of sucker for ancient ruins I decided to pay a visit to Ale’s stones in the county of Skåne on the very southern tip of Sweden. Ale’s stones has nothing to do with beer but is what’s known as a “Ship Tumulus” which means it’s an oval shaped ring of Stones in the shape of a ship. It’s made up of 59 standing stones and is located high up on a cliff above the village of Kåseberga in Österlen looking out into the Baltic sea.

Apparently archaeologists have worked out that the stones were moved here as far back as 1700 B.C. but the stone ship itself was created between 1000 and 1500 years ago.

I didn’t know what it would be like before I got there but as soon as I got near the top of the hill to the stones, my spidey-photography sense started tingling. The sun was low in the sky, there was a storm coming in the distance, the sky was dark but the sunlight was still soft and unobscured by cloud. I could see the detail on the stones being picked out by the rapidly disappearing sun and knew I didn’t have long.

I started to run, trying to catch the light. The rest is a bit of a blur. I’m sure many of you have experienced being in the zone with your photography, this was one of those times.

Before I was done I took maybe 100 shots. As I usually do, I left the pics on the card to “brew” a while until I had the time to come back and look at them. That was today. This is the first photo. There will be more to come if people are interested.

I’m not sure if people like black and white photography on Trybe but give it a chance, you might just get to like it! I really wanted to give the pic a dark and moody feel. Let me know what you think!

In case you are wondering, I did stop and absorb the atmosphere afterwards, trying to take myself back and picture some of what must hae happened there. I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit.

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    1. Paul Post author

      Hi Paul and thanks! They were all moved by humans although probably a LOT of humans together with various tools such as long wooden levers and ropes combined with a clever use of holes in the ground. I’ll write more about that side of it in coming posts.

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