One of the joys of a website that gets contributions from a load of people with different views is that people looking at it will like different stuff. I love all of it, it's all our heritage and I think it's great that people even care about these places, let alone come here and share it with everyone else. So let's have lots of wobbly rainy cairns, and lots of lovely mountains, and everything in between.
"... it's beauty lies in its endurance to outlast us all..."
Yep, I'd definitely agree with that, it's one of the most compulsive things about these sites although it does make it even more heartbreaking when they're destroyed or damaged in our supposedly enlightened age, after thousands of years of survival.
I'd prefer the hedge to be set back a bit mind you :)
The first couple of lines are just fine, I like and understand your point of view, though I already have a blurred imperfect memory of it so a clearer picture would be preferable for me. I can only speak for my mountain pictures which are usually the opposite of carefully composed, some are taken whilst still walking, some are taken whilst still shaking from dealing with the heights, some are taken shielding the camera from the rain or being buffeted by wind. The pictures I post are just the best of sometimes several hundred which I think best describe the place, if they perhaps come off as carefully composed then I'll consider myself a photographic genius. But I would never say wanky.
You say possibly the worst picture, but I like it. It's like a memory, blurred, imperfect, and the motion, walking in the rain amongst the cairns, it gives it a sense of urgency, of life. A moment which won't be repeated. My senses respond more to something like this than the thousands upon thousands of carefully composed mountain landscape photos etc. Sorry if that sounds a bit wanky. But I do like it as an image for those reasons!
/ Walking with Owls in the rain at Drannandow by postman
The owls must have been wondrous, fancy seeing three! They are extraordinary barn owls, one followed the car one night just outside Avebury it flew alongside - magical moment. Happy birthday and may your future be filled with more treks over the length and breadth of this country of ours ;)