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Glastonbury Tor is a hill at Glastonbury, Somerset, England, which features the roofless St. Michael's Tower, a 15th-century tower. The site is managed by the National Trust. It is a designated Scheduled Ancient Monument. The view from the top offers spectacular views across three counties. Sadly I could not climb up as I am recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

 

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Infrared taken with a converted 5D with some colour retained. The result produces a slight twilight feel, even though it was shot mid-morning with some mist still wafting about below.

Today we visited Glastonbury Abbey. Glastonbury Abbey was a rich and powerful monastery in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. Since at least the 12th century the Glastonbury area was frequently associated with the legend of King Arthur, a connection promoted by medieval monks who asserted that Glastonbury was Avalon. The abbey was suppressed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII of England. The ruins and associated buildings are open today as a tourist attraction.

 

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Walton Hill, near Glastonbury, Somerset.

 

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Got up stupendously early yesterday morning to get to Glastonbury for some night images. The wind up here was absolutely freezing, it was a massive relief to get down again after an hour or two at the top!

This is about 140 30 second exposures blended manually in photoshop. I've given up on single image startrails here as the light pollution is just too strong.

 

5dmkii, 28mm f.2 zeiss, 30 secs @ f4.5 iso 400 x 140

Glastonbury Abbey was a monastery in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. The ruins are now a grade I listed building, and a Scheduled Ancient Monument and are open as a visitor attraction.

 

The abbey was founded in the 7th century and enlarged in the 10th, before a major fire in 1184 destroyed the buildings. It was rebuilt and by the 14th century was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England. The abbey also controlled large tracts of surrounding land and was instrumental in major drainage projects on the Somerset Levels. The abbey was suppressed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII of England and the last Abbot Richard Whiting (Whyting) was hanged, drawn and quartered as a traitor on Glastonbury Tor in 1539.

 

From at least the 12th century the Glastonbury area was frequently associated with the legend of King Arthur, a connection promoted by medieval monks who asserted that Glastonbury was Avalon. Christian legends have also claimed that the abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea in the 1st century.

 

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I took a similar picture to this 3 years ago, on one of my first visits to Glastonbury Tor. However, conditions were much better this time with mist extending all the way across the Somerset Levels. Brief sunlight lit up the houses in the foreground while mist was drifting over the Wearyall Hill in the centre of the picture.

Glastonbury Abbey was a monastery in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. The ruins are now a grade I listed building, and a Scheduled Ancient Monument and are open as a visitor attraction.

 

The abbey was founded in the 7th century and enlarged in the 10th, before a major fire in 1184 destroyed the buildings. It was rebuilt and by the 14th century was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England. The abbey also controlled large tracts of surrounding land and was instrumental in major drainage projects on the Somerset Levels. The abbey was suppressed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII of England and the last Abbot Richard Whiting (Whyting) was hanged, drawn and quartered as a traitor on Glastonbury Tor in 1539.

 

From at least the 12th century the Glastonbury area was frequently associated with the legend of King Arthur, a connection promoted by medieval monks who asserted that Glastonbury was Avalon. Christian legends have also claimed that the abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea in the 1st century.

 

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Glastonbury Tor is a hill at Glastonbury in the English county of Somerset, topped by the roofless St Michael's Tower, a Grade I listed building.

 

The conical hill of clay and Blue Lias rises from the Somerset Levels. It was formed when surrounding softer deposits were eroded, leaving the hard cap of sandstone exposed. The slopes of the hill are terraced, but the method by which they were formed remains unexplained. Artifacts from human visitation have been found, dating from the Iron Age to Roman eras.

 

Several buildings were constructed on the summit during the Saxon and early medieval periods; they have been interpreted as an early church and monks' hermitage. The head of a wheel cross dating from the 10th or 11th century has been recovered. The original wooden church was destroyed by an earthquake in 1275, and the stone Church of St Michael built on the site in the 14th century. Its tower remains, although it has been restored and partially rebuilt several times. Archaeological excavations during the 20th century sought to clarify the background of the monument and church, but some aspects of their history remain unexplained.

 

The Tor is mentioned in Celtic mythology, particularly in myths linked to King Arthur, and has a number of other enduring mythological and spiritual associations.

 

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Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, England.

February 2014.

Fujifilm X100S.

The Tor has been associated with the name Avalon, and identified, since the alleged discovery of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere's neatly labelled coffins in 1191, with the legendary hero King Arthur. Modern archaeology has revealed a fort, dated to the 5th century.

 

With the 19th-century resurgence of interest in Celtic mythology, the Tor became associated with Gwyn ap Nudd, who was first Lord of the Underworld, and later King of the Fairies. The Tor came to be represented as an entrance to Annwn or Avalon, the land of the fairies .

Christopher Hodapp asserts in his book The Templar Code For Dummies that Glastonbury Tor is one of the possible locations of the Holy Grail. This is because it is the location of the monastery that housed the Nanteos Cup.

 

Another speculation is that the Tor was reshaped into a spiral maze for use in religious ritual, incorporating the myth that the Tor was the location of the underworld king's spiral castle.

Glastonbury Tor is a hill on in the rolling vales of Avalon, a beautiful and enigmatic part of the Somerset countryside. The church you see now, was constructed in the 14th century by Abbot Adam of Sodbury (not the most fortunate of names), as the original was destroyed by an earthquake in the 13th century. Thousands of pilgrims (people with nothing to do) venture here each year in search of spiritual guidance and divine intervention, and allegedly form a strong bond with this place. I have yet to encounter such things, although Im sure to return soon as its not too far from where I live and Id like to photograph it properly.

 

Anyway, not the greatest shot in the world. I wanted to test out my new Canon 135mm lens and see just how sharp it was. No tripod, no HDR, no Image Stabilisation :).

I was heading to Glastonbury Tor but I was stopped halfway by this scene. It was just full of peace and rural charm.

 

See it from another perspective too.

Glastonbury Tor from RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve

Sorry folks, this is the third time trying to upload this as it keeps crashing my Flickr, hopefully it's ok this time!

 

Still digging around the hard drive looking for images while waiting for some reasonable weather. This is another from my first and so far only trip to Glastonbury tor. Taken about 45 minutes before the sun rose. Looking over the "Mists of Avalon" was quite a sight and I'm looking forward to my next trip there, whenever it may be.

    

Shot with the d3100 and Tamron 28-75mm

    

Any constructive crit very welcome.

    

Cheers,

    

Gary

Last weekend I made an early hours trip to the Somerset levels with the idea of shooting the Tor of Glastonbury by moonlight then move to more suitable locations to shoot the light mists that were forecasted.

Upon arrival those mists were not anywhere to be seen so the moonlight shooting went ahead, followed by a session exploring the flooded levels around the area, keeping the tor in sight.

The moonlight shooting was in fact more difficult than I envisaged. The Sigma 10-20, my only wide angle lens, was struggling to focus on any poorly torch lit area on the tor itself. This lead to a series of test shots starting at infinity and working back to see where it seemed the most in focus. This took time. The moon was getting lower in the sky and the blue hour was creeping in with colours appearing on the horizon.

The end result being....Im going to have another go at some point as Im not too happy with the results!

It looks like it could be a two man job with the focusing and light painting to boost the moonlight.....any takers for the next attempt? ;)

 

Glastonbury Tor, Moonlit blue hour.

Canon 7d, Sigma 10-20

LR4, PS CC.

 

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Since the vandals cut the wires lighting the tower, I came up with an alternative from the Tor! Fellow SWSC/Flickrmeet photographers!

We were away in the West Country last week, during the wettest April in the last 100 years!! Nevertheless the sun came out at the right moment for me to capture this evocative image: the awe-inspiring ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, illuminated by the sun against a dark threatening sky. This is surely a place of pilgrimage for anyone with English blood. This is the place of legend and history, the earliest Christian Sanctuary in Britain. Legend says Joseph of Arimathea brought Christ here as a boy. Certainly Christianity has been here since Roman times and there are records of an Abbey standing in 600AD. The remains we see today date from 1184 until 1539, when Henry VIII had it destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

 

In 1191 legend says that the monks found the buried remains of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere. They were reburied in 1278 in the chancel in the presence of King Edward 1 and Queen Eleanor. The actual site is just beyond these two great pillars.

 

In the grounds of the Abbey is the Glastonbury Holy Thorn tree, which flowers twice each year. According to legend, it is said to have originated when Joseph of Arimathea plunged his staff into the ground at Glastonbury and it burst into leaf.

  

Wed 12th Aug 2009, 4th visit to Glastonbury this year.

 

The Peace Mother Tree at the foot of the Tor. I had never spotted this before, I think the sign must be new

 

St Michael's Tower at the top of Glastonbury Tor in Glastonbury, Somerset, England.

3-single-shot hdr; taken in the wonderful garden of Glastonbury Abbey, UK.

Zetith 80 withVitoflex 2,8/80mm and Kodak 400 TX

Misty Somerset Levels taken halfway up Glastonbury Tor at dawn this morning with the church tower peeking out bottom left. Got an early start this morning as we could see layers of mist coming and going around Wells so we headed for higher ground on the Tor.

 

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This tower on top of Glastonbury Tor is all that remains of a church built in the 14th Century.

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