At this moment in time, Great Britain and Ireland and their archipelago offer the alert viewer an uncommonly deep encounter with the traces of past cultures, as far back as six millennia ago. For whatever reason, be it accidents of history or policy or much less conscious habits of life, the Britons and the Irish of the last 6,000 years have allowed us moderns to read today more layers of their continuing experience than have the French or the Italians. In other words, we discern immediately the distinctively 20th or 21st-century aspects of the British and Irish landscape, but we can also read much of the early modern and medieval and Roman features, and even go back as far as the Iron and Bronze ages. If we really know where to look, occasional glimpses of the Neolithic period as well are readable on the surface without the archaeologist’s spade. In France, we would almost have to be amateur archaeologists or have an aerial infrared photograph to see as much of the earlier layers of experience. The historic landscapes of the British Isles and Ireland offer uniquely rich and revealing messages. – Adams
Here is a sampling of a few of the images found in the new book.
Uig Sands is a vast, huge space right on the northwestern edge of the Isle of Lewis in Outer Hebrides. On an early morning walk, I came across this bridge… to where?
This surely is as close as we can get to uncontaminated wilderness, and yet the minute you say that you discover the Bridge to Nowhere.It seems to be a sign that we humans have to leave our marks, everywhere. – Adams
How exciting on a foggy, early morning walk near St. James’ Palace to suddenly see an apparition of horse-drawn carriage emerge. But it was real, as my camera proved.
From an old rhyme . . .
She shall have all that’s fine and fair;
And the best of silk and satin shall wear;
And ride in a coach to take the air, . . .