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A common occurrence many places along this and other roads in the far north of Norway.

 

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New York… around 10 AM or so….   10/29/2012

 

 

 

Marieta Island’s hidden Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

 

Merrivale Standing Stone. Devon,Nearest town: Tavistock.

Among the turf and rocky outcrops of Dartmoor, about 0.5km (0.3mi) from the village of Merrivale, is a fine 3.2m (10.5ft) standing stone. This stone is part of a complex including a stone circle, a burial cist, a series of stone rows and numerous hut circles – the houses of the Bronze Age people who created and used this sacred area.

The main area of archaeological interest is to the south-east of the hamlet at grid reference SX556746. Although it has been diminished over time.

Also visible are two stone avenues running parallel to each other on either side of a stream. The southern avenue is 263.5 metres long and has the remains of a barrow in the middle. The northern avenue is slightly shorter. Both avenues are only about 1 metre wide down the centre. The southernmost double row has a kistvaen set within the stone row. The eastern end of the rows is passed by a section of the Great Western Reave, running roughly NW-SE.

Cist (Kist) to the south of the rows
To the south of the avenues is a large kistvaen which contained a flint scraper, a number of flint flakes and a whetstone for polishing metal items. The ‘lid’ of the cist was broken in two by a farmer sometime in the past who made a gatepost out of it. Numerous tors are visible from the site, including King’s Tor and Staple Tor.

 

Matteo Walch has struck up an unlikely friendship with a group of marmots in the Austrian Alps

They are notoriously shy around humans, beating their tails and chattering their teeth to try to warn us off before emitting loud whistles to tell other members of their colony to flee.

But when these alpine marmots see Matteo Walch, they scuttle to his side and show him nothing but affec

tion.The eight-year-old built up a remarkable relationship with the creatures since first being taken to see them by his nature-loving family four years ago.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2193986/The-real-life-Mowgli-Schoolboy-Matteo-Walch-forms-special-relationship-colony-alpine-marmots.html#ixzz24knL99l9

Image Source: Christopher Walker

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