Except for the Nag’s Head, included in yesterday’s selection, most of these rocks seem to lack any local name by way of identification. Indeed, only two of the pictures have appeared in any ‘gallery of images’ or literature about St Agnes that I have seen. I find this very surprising.
In the absence of any acknowledged alternative, I have always referred to the first picture as the ‘Mysterious Feline’. The second is a Troll-like fellow or, perhaps, a puppet. In the third, I see a lizard (or similar creature) emerging in search of food or sensing danger. The fourth is clearly a prehistoric tortoise!
Several months ago, I wrote about the Isles of Scilly, located almost 30 miles off the south west tip of Cornwall:
‘In addition to their natural beauty and evidence of earlier cultures – such as the standing stone on Gugh and various cysts and burial chambers from the Bronze Age – the Isles have an air of mystery about them. Especially St Agnes. Granite outcrops suggest strange creatures from a fantasy or mythological world – giant lizards, serpents, turtles, birds of prey ……… You are never alone on St Agnes!’
I am returning to the topic. I have since remastered the original photos in an attempt to capture a little more of the magic and mystery of the rocks. I intend to post the results today and in my next post. All of the pictures are from St Agnes. The background context to the images can be found at The Isles of Scilly and The Two Faces of St Agnes.
The first image was not actually used previously. It is a natural outcrop, known locally as the Nag’s Head, and seems to have been used as a standing stone in the distant past. In my wife’s novel, Narwhal, it is the focal point for a pagan ritualistic dance.