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tintagel in pictures
children of dune - leto 1
Okay, I forgot to put up this link--and by forgot, I mean, lost the link, found it, then forgot it again--but here are the visuals I was using for Tintagel.

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

The second picture is the cove and Merlin's cave. I can be literal when I say, that view is the reason that the story exists.

[Here is something you may not know about me; I'm not spatial, and I am not map oriented and pictures are really impossibly difficult for me to work with in my head; basically, to get a mental image, I have to have a.) have been there or somewhere similar or b.) have read something with a clear description. Option c.) it counts as me being there if the characters wander around it for a while and I can get a three dimensional image.]

Near the bottom of the page is a black and white with clearly labeled areas, in case you are like me and need lots of spatial references to places you haven't been. No, apparently these are not snatchable at all, which is why I didn't use them for illustration, and trust me, I was this close to offering some sort of sexual favor to anyone in the greater Cornwall area to go and take pictures for me so I could get a better feel for a place that does not exist only in my imagination. I mean, really close. I love that cove. Everyone should be relieved I didn't get desperate enough on Sunday night to hunt up a pencil and try to sketch the damn thing. I am not artistic and I am not spatial. It would have ended in tears.

Somewhere--and I cannot find it, but if you do, link me!--is a 360 walk-through of the entire place, which I could not find to be sure of my blocking of how Merlin and Arthur get from the village to the castle via the cove, but you know, fifteen hundred years ago. There's also the stone arch and an impression of the bailey at that site, though keep in mind that this particular Tintagel is the ruins of Richard of Cornwall's castle during the reign of Henry III, and not the actual ruins of the original Tintagel, which I totally believe exists and no one can tell me differently.

Also referenced: wikipedia. Is there nothing wikipedia does not know?

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You rock so much. You doooooo.

That cove is just too pretty. I was helpless before Merlin's cave, and I don't even mean it as a euphemism for a man-womb!

...I also wish I hadn't thought of that while writing this. Suddenly, ita makes me afraid.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who does stuff like this.

*totally was not looking up linguistic information on Irish English syntax nor nightclubs in Oise, France last night - honest*

I totally did not google Cornish endearments all of Saturday night.

*bites lip*

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Sigh, so pretty. You are totally making me want to read the fic again.

What I do when I need pictures or landmarks is go to google maps and type in the location, then to more and hit photos. I may also use terrain or satellite for further landmarks. I looked up Tintagel and at the end of the Castle lookout, you get a whole overhead viewpoint of the Castle plus all the little photos (there were tons) give you ideas of what it looks like from each location.

I've been to Tintagel but it was a long time ago. I only remember how wild it was and how the beach was so shingle rocky. The paths were slippery, too but it was green and full of sound.

Don't mean to spam but google maps also has video. This one wasn't too bad.


Heya - your post reminded me: I visited Tintagel in Cornwall three years ago (almost exactly - it was during Easter!).

Back then, it was more Stargate SG-1's use of the Athurian legends that made me climb all the way down and take a photo of Merlin's cave from inside and then wander around the tiny beach area outside of it trying to find the best angle to take a shot of the waterfall that exists there (there is no 'best angle' it's all impossible [sighs]).

Just thought you might like some extra photos =)

[headsmack] And by "best angle to take a shot of the waterfall that exists there" I meant of course, THIS image

When I want to snatch unsnachtable pictures I use the print key to take an image of the screen and paste it into paint (comes with windows, so most people have it) and then cut out the part I want. It takes a bit of work, but it works almost always. (It doesn't for screencaps, I've actually found out that if you do this with a video player and then play the video again, you can also watch it in paint. It's really strange.)

The video in mspaint thing -- the background of the player is some exact color. (I think neon green?) Your video renderer simply pastes the video over any of that color on your display, so you screen capped that color then had it open when the renderer painted video over it.

Since I didn't have any trouble grabbing images from that site, maybe she means ethically unsnagable? I mean, you can get letters from the craziest people when they decide they don't want you nabbing their stuff.

Am I the only one who skimmed the Arthurian text on that page and concluded that I was reading someone's high school term paper?

Oh god. I do this sort of stuff all the time and I don't really even have a valid excuse. I don't write fic and I'm not an artist...
I just google shit.

To make matters worse, I've decided that next summer I'm taking a three month vacation to Europe, and I'm going to be as spontaneous as possible. So in preparation for that I've started wikipedia/google/lonely planet-ing everything under the friggin' sun pertaining to Europe so that I can go there and have some idea where I might want to go. I spent two hours googling the Scottish Highlands a few nights ago and then promptly decided I'm not even GOING TO SCOTLAND.

Plus I discovered recently that wikipedia has a random button. NOT GOOD. I END UP READING ABOUT SWEDISH ROYALTY FOR FOUR HOURS.

I really, really need to stop this. Is there a self-help book for things like this? Google mania or something?


Ohay, I was there last week and have photos wandering around Flickr if you want to know what it looks like now. (Windy.)

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