They had me puzzled! by ellida

They had me puzzled!

As I drove the A971 to the western coast of Shetland's Mainland, I spotted what I thought were fortifications on the crest of a hill.

Climbing up to have a look, they turned out to be stacks of peat. This used to be the main source of fuel for warmth and cooking in these parts, but what the use is now I don't know. Perhaps gardening.
What an amazing find an fabulous capture, fav!
August 6th, 2019  
@lifeat60degrees might clarify this for you.
August 6th, 2019  
Still used for heating either on an open fire or central heating via Rayburns etc
August 6th, 2019  
@dide that’s it:)
August 6th, 2019  
Also in the Western Isles
August 6th, 2019  
Yes indeedy, still used on the fires. It's a very effective thing and since it is a ready source on the island, extremely useful. Great image of the drying stacks,
August 6th, 2019  
@lifeat60degrees Thanks Richard! I thought that was something from my history books!
@ludwigsdiana @dide @sarah19 @casablanca Thanks all for commenting and helping to 'put me straight!'
August 6th, 2019  
Fascinating & a wonderful opportunity for this great capture...
August 6th, 2019  
Most curious, but make for a great shot which you've made the most of. Fave
August 6th, 2019  
Quite interesting and unusual find.
August 6th, 2019  
Interesting find and well composed capture
August 7th, 2019  
That's fabulous. Glad you climbed up to investigate. fav
August 7th, 2019  
Very interesting shot
August 7th, 2019  
Strange formations, they may have something of a cultic meaning

August 7th, 2019  
They for an interesting shot. I wonder how long it takes for the peat to dry out enough to burn.
August 7th, 2019  
looks a tad surreal graham, good find
August 7th, 2019  
Interesting shot. Well done you for taking a closer look.
August 21st, 2019  
@susiemc Thanks Sue. I get the impression that you're playing catch-up :-D
August 22nd, 2019  
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