Pi In The Sky


Houston, United States

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Canon 6D, taken in Ingram, Texas, USA. Early morning shot of this awesome replica of the original Stone Henge in England. I drove by this site some four years ago and did a double take as it was so unusual to see this structure sitting in the middle of Texas of all places. Anyway, made a special trip to capture the moment. Took a few liberties in CS3 and PSP3.

Stonehenge II, a copy of the original Stonehenge located more than 3,500 miles away on the Salisbury Plain in England.

Sixty percent as large as the original, the Texas Stonehenge was built by Al Sheppard and Doug Hill, two visionary Texas cowboys with money to spend and time to spare.

It all started when Doug Hill had finished pouring a patio in 1989. Left with a spare slab of limestone, he offered it to his friend and neighbor, Al Sheppard.

Sheppard liked how the stone looked and soon planted it upright on his property, but he wasn’t sure people could see it from the road. From there, Al and Doug built a 13-foot arch behind the monolith and that was just the beginning. Soon, a whole circle of "stones” began to rise from the earth.

Doug Hill began to fabricate stone "look-alikes” from steel, metal lathe and plaster. Painted and anchored with cement, these fabrications look like the real thing. After about nine months, their masterpiece was complete. Or, so they thought.

Some eighteen months later, two 13-foot-tall Easter Island look-alikes were added, standing silently guarding the Stonehenge masterpiece

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