Silbury Hill

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A huge man-made chalk mound over 4000 years old, Silbury Hill,is situated at the source of the River Kennett. After exceptional and prolonged rainfall, the usually dry depression around the mound fills up with water to form a moat. I made this image on a perfectly still, very cold winter morning a few minutes after sunrise. The low sun catches the hill, turning it golden, whilst the margins of the moat are still in shadow. I captured the scene as six overlapping frames in portrait format, each at there different exposures, and stitched them together to form a complete panorama. I like the frosted grass in the foreground, the partly icy moat and the virtual symmetry of the image, broken by the different sized trees framing it at each edge.