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Filename: DP177649.jpg

Size: 1623 x 1639 (265KB)

Date: 6th June 2022

Source: Historic England

Credit: © Historic England Archive. Chr

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

Job Title: Staff Photographer

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Winter solstice DP177649

Stonehenge, Stonehenge Down, Amesbury, Wiltshire. Crowds watching the sun rise through a trilithon at Stonehenge on the winter solstice

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Celebration Ceremony Dawn English Heritage People Stone Circle Pagan Solar


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the mesmerizing spectacle of the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge, a timeless symbol of ancient wisdom and celestial alignment. As dawn breaks over the mystical landscape of Stonehenge Down in Amesbury, Wiltshire, crowds gather in anticipation to witness a truly awe-inspiring event. Bathed in ethereal light, silhouettes of people from all walks of life stand united, their eyes fixed upon the horizon. The focal point is undoubtedly the majestic trilithon - two towering stones with another balanced horizontally on top - through which the first rays of sunlight pierce. This extraordinary moment marks not only the shortest day but also celebrates rebirth and renewal as nature begins its slow journey towards spring. It is an occasion steeped in both ancient pagan traditions and modern-day reverence for our planet's natural rhythms. Chris Redgrave's expertly captured image transports us into this sacred space where time seems suspended. The stone circle itself stands as a testament to human ingenuity and spiritual connection with Earth's cycles that has endured for millennia. As we gaze upon this photograph, we are reminded that despite our ever-changing world, there are moments when humanity comes together to honor something greater than ourselves – be it through ritual or celebration. In witnessing this seasonal phenomenon unfold before our eyes, we too become partakers in this profound experience shared by countless generations before us.

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