Midsummer Solstice

At all gets dark from here on – until the winter solstice when the days get longer again.  This visit to Stonehenge in Wiltshire at which my friend Randy took these pictures wasn’t on the longest day, it seemed appropriate to share this visit with you this week starting a series of visits around Salisbury Plain.

Stonehenge is surprisingly small in relation to its renown around the world.


Although I wouldn’t want to have to move any of its stones without the help of motorised equipment!

Exhibit suggesting how the stones were transported

The layout of the henge is well documented, including the stones which have now fallen.  The stones have been built to line up with the sunrise on key dates in the year, like summer and winter solstices.  Despite the extent to which the stones have fallen, this alignment can still be witnessed each year.


These days it is not possible to walk very close to the stones, graffiti and general wear has meant that English Heritage (who owns the land) built a fence around the stones.


Luckily, a zoom lens allowed Randy to take this series too.

The zoom also allowed him to capture this bird watching all the tourists!


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  1. I used to play on the stones when I was a lad… a long time ago. Now I live on a ‘Story Hill’ and watch the Sun rise out of Eerwah at Summer Solstice, have a look. Its older then Stonehenge… and nobody knows.
    Tell me what you think.

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