I’ve written about the Iron Man of Llanbedrog in other posts. (Personally I think it could be a woman – Boudica perhaps, the last of Britain’s Celtic warrior women). I’ve also posted variously edited versions of this shot before, but not this one exactly. This week at Black & White Sunday, Paula is reprising the popular Traces of the Past challenge, and I thought that although this iron figure is not especially old, everything about it speaks of the ancient Celtic spirit. And of course there are the ‘rocks of ages’ just visible in the distant mountain range of Snowdonia. In many senses, then, Wales is an old, old land, and the traces of the past are everywhere across the landscape.
You can read more of the Iron Man’s story at Warrior Wind-Singer Of Llyn
36 thoughts on “Spirit of the Past: Black & White Sunday”
I love this sculpture. I have seen it before on your blog, and would be very happy to see it many times more….It’s a powerful piece set in such glorious landscape and your black and white photograph does it great justice. I also think it could be a woman. Janet:)
Thank you, Janet. I thought it would be good to see this warrior again.
Wales is lovely place and I vote for Boudica. 🙂
Excellent to have both Janets and Su on board 🙂
Original as always, I’m with the Janets! Lovely image no matter how many times I see it.
Wonderful perspective. The world seen through the sculpture.
And the eyes that aren’t there.
Do you think it would improve the image to crop the bottom 10%? It’s certainly a great photo but my eye keeps being dragged to the clutter at the bottom.
You could well be right, Ian. I’ll give it a go for the next posting.
Great post. Terrific sculpture.
You are welcome!
A fabulous sculpture, powerful and evocative. And a wonderful photograph. It’s as if she is looking longingly to the farther shore.
It’s fascinating how watchful she is, isn’t it. Thanks, Alison.
I reckon Boudica, too! Powerful image in monochrome, Tish
Glad you think so too, Sue. Confirms it then 🙂
The date of the sculpture is not really relevant when it is evocative of such a distant past. I admired it before and I’ll say it again it is a wonderful capture, Tish. I hope your absence from blog will be a good one.
Cheers, Paula. I’m back now. Glad you like this sculpture. I’ve been busy capturing more traces of the past up in Derbyshire. Not sure how the photos have turned out yet, but hope to have some new stuff for future challenges. Wishing you a good weekend. 🙂
You too, Tish, have a great weekend!
I find it quite reassuring that I can remember the first time you posted this fine image – memory cells can’t be completely shot 🙂
Yes, I share that sense of hope!
Bouicea is a good a call as any.
But maybe a Druid?
The last one standing as the Romans under Suetonius Paullinus destroyed everything in their path?.
Yes, Ark, it could well be a Druid. I’d like to think their spirit still pervades.
Is Paula correct? Are you desisting from blogging?
I’m back now. Just had a quick break in Derbyshire. It was lovely up there in the Peak District.
It’s a superb sculpture! I want to be up there too, just looking 🙂 🙂
I took it that you were busy with ongoing work? Whatever… take good care of yourself!
I have been away for a few days, and just back now, and catching up. So hello, Jo! Happy Saturday.
I realised it was a short absence from the comments on Paula’s. Hope it was a happy one, Tish. 🙂
Well there may just be glimpses of where we went turning up to link with one of your Monday walks, Jo. I was thinking of you as I went about snapping Derbyshire scenes hither and thither.
Ooo- oo-oo! Bobbing up and down with excitement, Tish 🙂 🙂
Hey Tish – it is nice to see the different versions and I agree it could be a woman – love the background connection too – 🙂
hope you enjoy a couple days off from blogosphere…
Thanks, Yvette. I did! Good to have a break once in a while 🙂
I agree – and hope your weekend is going along well – 😉