Winter Solstice – The Shortest Day

Sun rises at Stonehenge

Stonehenge was positioned on a site-line that points to sunset on the winter solstice to celebrate the shortest day and longest night. I suppose that makes it the world’s largest clock.  

The winter solstice has long been a symbol of new beginnings. After this, the days gradually lengthen until the summer solstice, when the cycle moves into reverse.

My entry for this week’s photo challenge: time shows photographers jostling to capture sunrise on the winter solstice. It’s a modern way of celebrating an ancient tradition.

20 Replies to “Winter Solstice – The Shortest Day”

  1. Ooh, I had a funny turn then. I thought I must have slept through the last six weeks and missed Christmas and January.
    I spent midsummer solstice at Montsegur one year, a similarly iconic site in France. I promised myself (and didn’t keep the promise) that another year, I would visit on the day before, or the day after, to avoid that dreadful throng.

    1. I’d guess they’d be pleased to see it’s still there, still interacting with nature as it was meant to and focussing our attention: less happy their sacred mysteries were not being respected. And they’d probably all want a camera!

  2. I like this picture. Depicts quite a difference between the ancients time piece and the modern technical gadgets. How those original thinkers were able to pinpoint that “clock” on that exact day is a mystery to me!

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