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Best of 2007

(January 1st - December 28th, 2007)

John Blake

Convent at Siessen

Robert Bilsland

The Rotherwas Ribbon

Rotherwas, Hereford, Herefordshire, England, UK

July 18, 2007 - 11:42 UTC (12:42 Local Time)

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© 2007 Robert Bilsland, All Rights Reserved.

In April 2007 just outside Hereford, England, a 4,000-year-old archaeological find was uncovered. A find that was described as possibly being as important as Stonehenge. While a new relief road was being constructed a ribbon of fire-cracked stones carefully laid to form a surface was discovered.

The uncovered ribbon was at least 60m long, snaked down the hillside and at the bottom was up to 10m wide. Unfortunately after all the media hype, when I finally visited the site, it was a bit of a let down. After a few weeks of news stories comparing it to Stonehenge and being told how important it was, to be confronted with a winding path of stones was not much to see.

After all this it was decided that the relief road should still go ahead, but with a protective shield built over the ribbon to save it for future generations. So now the panoramic views I shot are of something that is now buried back underground, not knowing when it might see the light of day again.
All 3 panoramaic views of the Rotherwas Ribbon
The Rotherwas Ribbon, Historic Herefordshire On Line
BBC news story 1
BBC news story 2


Europe / UK-England

Lat: 52° 1' 56.3" N
Long: 3° 42' 35.7" W

Elevation: 200 ft

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Taken with a Nikon D70 and the standard 18mm-70mm lens (set at 18mm). Mounted on a home made multi-row bracket and a generic tripod. 3 rows (-45, 0, & +45 degrees) of 10 portrait photos taken 36 degrees apart and a single zenith photo. All photos shot in RAW mode. Panorama stitched using PTGUI / Panotools / Enblend and converted to a QTVR Cube using Pano2QTVR Pro.

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