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‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Sleeping Mother’ or ‘Sleeping Goddess’ mountain, as it is variously called, on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. This amazing mountain (in Gaelic Cailleach na Mointeach = the Old Woman of the Moors) forms the profile of a sleeping woman when viewed from here – I was standing at the Callanish stone circle. Cailleach About every 18 years the moon appears to rise out of her legs, creep low along her body, silhouetting first one part and then another, hang low over her breasts, and then disappear behind a hillock, only to reappear inside the circle of stones at the foot of the tallest central one and at the head of the burial cairn. This spectacular sight is a blend of astronomy, ritual, landscape.

Just after sunrise on a June morning, view over Loch Ceann Hulabhig to the hamlet of Linshader and the Harris Hills, in particular the so-called Sleeping Beauty. The stone circle of Callanish were like sentinels behind me.

Location: Callanish, Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK
Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70, 70 mm, 1/50, f/11. Cokin warm grad filter.
Post-processing: Contrasts, details, etc. in CS4 with ColorEfex Pro.

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Featured in Northern Landscape, European Everyday Life and International Women’s Photography

Born in Scotland, at home in Europe, I am a passionate photographer with eclectic tastes who loves to travel and capture images of our beautiful world. Check out my gallery or contact me directly for contract work or customization.
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  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dalmost 2 years ago

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepalmost 2 years ago

    Really beautiful photo…wonderful effects!

  • Thank you! I don’t usually do such post-pro but the original photo didn’t do the scene justic. Very pleased you like it!

    – Kasia-D

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 2 years ago

    Heaven on Earth!

  • Robin, heavenly thanks to you, mate:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 2 years ago

    Outstanding beauty

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoalmost 2 years ago


    You have just been featured on Northern Landscape group!

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  • Joao, thank you SO much. An honour to be featured in the Northern Landscape Group. Knocked out that you liked this so much too!!

    – Kasia-D

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Featured! Congratulations!! International Women’s Photography!

  • Gena, thanks very much for the feature! !!♡
    Much appreciated.

    – Kasia-D

  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    A beautiful image with lovely lines, tones and interesting information Kasia……………………….Joyce

  • Joyce, thank you very much. It was the owner of our b&b who told us the story originally and I just had to google to find more – I’m pleased you liked it too.

    – Kasia-D

  • Photography by Mathilde
    Photography by...over 1 year ago

    This is beautiful, Kasia – when enlarged the detail is super sharp – lovely capture and image !

  • Mattie, thank you so much for your lovely words. I’m really pleased how this one came out.

    – Kasia-D

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Lucinda, thank you very much

    – Kasia-D

  • Carolyn Clark
    Carolyn Clarkover 1 year ago


  • Carolyn, thank you! It is a beautiful place.

    – Kasia-D

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