Cumulus clouds mirror the chalk path around Avebury stone circle
A glorious, deep blue sky and lush green grass provide the perfect contrast to the brilliant white chalk path which undulates along the top of the raised bank surrounding the outer stone circle at Avebury, Wiltshire. Note how the shapes of the cumulus cloud masses mirror the angles of the chalk path perfectly.
The Neolithic henge (a deep ditch surrounded by a high earth bank) and circles of standing stones at Avebury are around 4600 years old. The outer circle contains two inner circles. A processional avenue of stones, Beckhampton Avenue, leads from the circle to a smaller site called The Sanctuary.
In the 1930's, a major programme of excavation and re-erection of fallen stones was undertaken by Alexander Keiller, archaeologist and then owner of Avebury Manor (there are images of the standing stones, the manor and its gardens in my other galleries).
Date taken: 10 May 2011.