Was the tower part of a fortress or what? Amazing how green everything still is as autumn approaches. So often things here have browned from the heat and drought by this point.
No, this is a very early church spire. I believe it was used as an early warning system of the dawn and, the call to prayer you find in monastic sites even today.
It’s a similar notion to the Minaret, only earlier by a few hundred years. In gaelic it’s named a ‘cloctíghe’ or bell house. But that’s just a later concept where you had bells in church spires. If you remove all the trees in that valley, it becomes very very prominent. In the photo with the tractor, I’m fully two miles from the tower but you can see it clear as day from twice that distance.
We are always green, it just depends on the shade. And it works the reverse of what you’d think for in the winter the grass is a lighter shade.
I can’t remember the last time I saw someone using a plow here but I’m guessing it has been almost twenty years.
Yes, here also, but scarce not rare. Mostly nowadays you have one pass systems like this http://ien.vicon.eu/Seeding-Equipment/Seed-Drills/Mechanical-Seed-Drills/Mechanical-seed-drill-Mecasem-XTC . You’d see a plough if they were opening lea ground for they’d be turning grass sod under to make the bed.
Once the tractors became big enough to easily drive the rotary tiller it make no sense to cross four five times, plough harrow X3, drill and cover, depending on the soil. Sandy less passes, good loam 4, clay grow bloody grass you idiot and stop making life hard on yourself.
That top shot is nice – a lot of things to look at. In that last photo it looks like it’s part of something with a yard…maybe a cemetery? Can you go inside or up to the top?
I have to do some work on it all the same. It looks totally different on different displays. It is supposed to be as bright as the bottom one. Some setting have gone awry.
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