Standing among the standing stones at Stonehenge was an awesome experience. It was a crisp spring morning – frost was still on the ground – and the rising sun shone brightly. People have been celebrating celestial events here for thousands of years, and I felt connected with the spirits of past generations.
Summer solstice – occurring on June 20 this year – is a special day at Stonehenge, which is a World Heritage listed prehistoric site located in Wiltshire, England. The bluestone and sarsen stones, quarried in southern Wales and a more local site, were erected in several stages, beginning around 3000 BC. The stones are aligned at a specific angle that permits the rising sun’s rays to shine into the centre of the monument on one morning of the year – the summer solstice.
The following images were shot on a frosty morning in late April this year. The sky was crystal clear, enabling the full effects of the sun and shadows on the Salisbury Plain.
“Spring” is the loose theme for this series of images. All of these photographs were shot in the months of March and April, but they don’t have a lot of the characteristics of spring that you might expect to see.
The image of the women’s clothing store window includes two mannequins displaying the latest spring fashions for sale. Alas, all of the clothes were black and white, so there were no colours to start with – a “natural” for conversion to a monochrome image.
The shrub in the second image has been heavily pruned in anticipation of a new growing season. Lots of sunshine and interesting shadows on display – as well as some nice geometrical shaped. We just need some warmer weather to get the buds underway!
The candelabra is half empty and half full. A minimalist still life found in a church window.