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Jun 20, 2013 20:52 |  #1

Fauxhenge

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I had discovered this relatively unknown gem, about two years ago. I had grand visions of shooting the milky way above it, yada yada yada...

I drove 8 hours to get to it, only to find that it was gone! All that remained was indentations in the field where it once stood. You can imagine how devastated I was and I came back home empty handed.

I researched more and found that the guy who had built this, died, and the family ended up donating the stones to a local city. The city sat on them for another year and then finally set them back up in the middle of town. I was very bummed about this, as the original location was very remote and dark.

But, I persevered and vowed to make another trip out here and finally get my shot. Well, another 8 hour trip, I arrived to find an un-announced thunderstorm moved in and I sat in the car, watching the rain pour down and the skies cloudy - no milky way shot for me!

I waited for several hours, trying to find a shot, as this installation is now right next to a business park, and there is a big baseball field right behind it. It was also lit with cheezy cheap landscape lights all around it. Again, I was super bummed.

But, then I noticed that I could actually swivel the lights they installed, away from the stones and I found this particular angle where the buildings and baseball field are not visible... then... the skies let up and it stopped pouring, so I quickly got into place and snapped as quickly as I could, while running around lighting the stones by hand.

In the end, I didn't get the shot that I had envisioned, but at least I got a shot! :D



  
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Jun 20, 2013 21:04 |  #2

Nice job, Kerville, TX
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Jun 20, 2013 21:08 |  #3

Yes, while I was there, even at 4am, there were cars going by, messing with my shot. I left the next morning and the town was pretty bustling.

Liked the original location much better, much more secluded.




  
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Jun 20, 2013 21:08 |  #4

Todd, a Milky Way shot would have been really cool but you're right, you still got a great shot. Awesome colors in the sky above the henge!

My moment was when I chose the incorrect week to travel when the Milky Way would be in a dark sky. Flew into Denver and drove about 4 hours south to the Great Sand Dune near Alamosa, CO, only to find the one and only night I stayed at the nearby lodge the Moon was smack dab in the middle of the Milky Way. I should have scheduled the trip the week prior, so serious screw up on my part of moonrise and moonset times. However, I did get some great daytime shots of the sand dune and surrounding areas so the trip wasn't a total loss.




  
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Jun 20, 2013 21:10 |  #5

Ha, I've done similar things myself... probably more than I'd care to admit. ;-)a




  
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Jun 22, 2013 02:37 |  #6

Todd Lambert wrote in post #16050010 (external link)
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the skies let up and it stopped pouring, so I quickly got into place and snapped as quickly as I could, while running around lighting the stones by hand.

In the end, I didn't get the shot that I had envisioned, but at least I got a shot! :D

Nice work, I didn't even know this existed. I think that we've all had our misses, but you did really well here.


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Jun 22, 2013 09:07 |  #7

Thanks Ken!




  
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Jun 22, 2013 09:09 |  #8

Not having been to the real Stonehenge for over 30 years, my immediate thought was "What have they done to Stonehenge??" Then I read the text above the picture. Haha,... jokes on me for being so visual that I look at the pictures first.

It sounds like you deserve a ribbon for the dedication it took to finally get the shot.


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Jun 22, 2013 14:25 |  #9

Nice shot Todd!


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Jun 22, 2013 15:06 |  #10

Thanks Helen.

Here' another shot from within:

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Jul 01, 2013 08:58 as a reply to  @ Todd Lambert's post |  #11

Those stones seem much smoother than the real Stonehenge, which I visited in the UK back in 2000. Or are your pics a bit soft? Just curious about the texture of the stones at the place you visited. :D




  
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Jul 01, 2013 16:46 |  #12

They're not stone. They are fabricated to look like stone - They are hollow, made out of wood and plaster and paint.




  
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Jul 01, 2013 17:01 |  #13

They also have a replica in Odessa, TX. Doesn't look too great though
http://www.texasbob.co​m …bt_stonehenge_o​dessa.html (external link)




  
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