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Twenty years ago this month, I was on Orkney Island for a few days before going to work in London on a telecommunications project. (Orkney in January might seem an odd choice for a holiday, but it wasn't that cold, it has fascinating ruins, and, perhaps most important, I couldn't be reached. Well, actually, I could, but the number I had given my office was one of those 10-digit Scots area codes, and they didn't believe it.)

Orkney has a high density of antiquities, and one of the oddest - and oldest - is the Standing Stones of Stenness. Once a complete ring of tall stones, only 4 are still standing now, including this one seen here. (See the WS for a view of all 4 stones and what was possibly an altar.) The stones were probably set up sometime between 3100 BCE and 2500 BCE, which makes them several hundred years older than the better preserved Ring o' Brodgar, and as much as a thousand years older than Stonehenge. As we enter a new and unnerving decade, I thought posting something that has withstood many ravages of time and man might serve as a reminder that some things do endure.

Technical: Scanned from Ektachrome and cleaned up in Photoshop - Noiseware reduction with DFine, some sharpening using a duplicate layer with Overlay blending and High Pass filter, followed by a little Level adjustment.

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