Taken 18-Apr-11
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Dimensions3456 x 5184
Original file size7.49 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceProPhoto RGB
Date taken18-Apr-11 15:23
Date modified13-Jul-13 01:24
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS REBEL T2i
Focal length18 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/160 at f/7.1
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Normal
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
The depth of the moat, now covered with grass at the entrance

The depth of the moat, now covered with grass at the entrance

The moat at the entrance gate of the Stirling Castle in Scotland. This was quite a deep moat as can be seen in the photo. Today's military have bridging structures that can cross small water obstacles easily enough, but in the middle ages, if you made a moat structure at the entrance of the castle and pulled up the bridge over the moat, it made thinks more difficult for an invading army to cross over the moat, especially with the defending army attacking the invaders across the walls of the castle. Of course, now the moat has been emptied and presents a section of greenery. Scotland has a number of castles located all over the region, with the Stirling Castle being one of important ones out of them. It is also a site that attracts a large number of tourists, with the castle being maintained by an entity called Historic Scotland. During the middle ages, when the political history of Scotland was very active, Stirling Castle played a very strategic role. Many of the rulers of Scotland were crowned here, and the castle was also the site of many sieges during political struggles over the centuries. Stirling Castle is located at a very strategic location, atop a high point ensures that the castle overlooked high cliffs, making it easy to defend. It was also overlooking one of the crossings over the River Forth, and hence had strategic importance.
The Castle sits at a site which is supposed to have had some sort of habitation from the 7th century AD, but archaelogical evidence starts out with from around the early 12th century.
During the latter part of the 13th century and the early stages of the 14th century, there was a battle between the Scots and the English, with the English king Edward I of England wanting to ensure his supremacy over Scotland and a war against this effort, with William 'Braveheart' Wallace being one of the most fighters against the English. There was a very famous battle of Stirling Bridge where the English were defeated by William Wallace and An