Solstice at Stonehenge: the world keeps on turning

Sunshine in England is cause enough for celebration. But a bright golden morning on the winter solstice on the day the world was meant to end is definitely a reason to rejoice.

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

And at Stonehenge this morning, as the first honey-orange sliver of the sun rose above the horizon, the Druids, the New Agers, the ferals, the farmers, and us were all rejoicing.

We stood with a thousand people and cheered the start of a new day, a new season, a new year, and a new Baktun. In the embrace of this 5000-year-old monument that is a testament to the ingenuity of humanity, it was both profound and poignant that we should be applauding the continuing circle of life.

As the drums played, the hippies chanted and danced, and the sunbeams blazed the ancient stones, I realized that while I never truly expected the world to end today, I’m really glad it didn’t.

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

Stonehenge Solstice 2012

 

3 comments on this post

  1. Cam Allen on said:

    What a special place!!

  2. Ah Dave, you would have loved it! It was such a spectacular morning and such a warm loved-up vibe amongst the people. If you can make your way to this part of the world for June 21 then the summer solstice is supposed to even bigger and better!

  3. David Sinn on said:

    Wow! Fantastic photos Shelly! And I love it that you went to Stonehenge for the end of the world … :) Thanks for the story -

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