The Bouldered Beauty of Stonehenge

Standing powerfully and inflexibly in place for over 5000 years, Stonehenge continues to amaze visitors and onlookers. The mystery surrounding this site is endless. We don’t know where the stones came from, who erected them and how, or why they were put here in this formation. There is an degree of strength and intelligence that we can assume about the people who lived here and created Stonehenge, though. And we can probably assume that the stones signified an important space, whether it was a religious grounds, or the center of village commerce, or perhaps even a burial space. It is this mystery and opportunity for speculation that draws people in.

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Driving out to the Stonehenge grounds from London or nearby Bath, I see the striking lack of diversity to this land. We pass by farm after farm and field after field, the rolling green hills unfolding endlessly before us. The drive is scenic in the way that only a long windy countryside drive can be. And suddenly on top of the hill before me I see Stonehenge emerge as we approach. The stones look smaller than I thought. But then I walk up closer and I feel small beside these monoliths. These stones are enormous, I cannot imagine moving even one, even if I had a dozen people helping me.

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They are just stones, of course. Just a bunch of rocks in the countryside. They could be seen as nothing impressive at all. But as I stand quietly for a moment contemplating what significance they hold, and what actually sits before me, I get goosebumps up my arms and a chill runs through my spine. These have been here since prehistoric times and they have been visited by millions of others like me. As I stand before them I feel small in the breadth of time, just a blip on the cosmic scale of history. Smaller and smaller I feel the longer I stand here. And then my friend taps me on the shoulder to tell me it’s time for a photo opp with the stones. My moment of reverence is broken, but this place feels special still. It doesn’t have to be one way or the other, I respect this site for its age and significance, and yet it remains a modern icon. We continue to perpetuate its beauty and importance by sharing our experiences and photos to inform and inspire others.

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