Newgrange Solstice - 22nd December 2009
A chronological photographic essay of the Winter Solstice at Newgrange
8:46am - A promising horizon viewed from the entrance to Newgrange over a standing stone.
8:50am - Solstice watchers waiting for the sun to rise over Red Mountain.
8:54am - Sunrise viewed from the entrance to Newgrange over a standing stone.
8:56am - Beam of light shining through the roofbox, the sunbeam reaches the
chamber at 8:58am.
8:59am - The white quartz glows in the sunlight.
8:59am - The sunbeam is illuminating the chamber through the 19 meter passage.
9:00am - Perfect conditions for the
winners inside the Newgrange chamber.
9:04am - It's the sunbeam from the roofbox above the passage that reaches the
9:09am - Magnificent glow from the winter sunrise at Newgrange
9:10am - It's the higher sunbeam from the Roofbox that illuminates the chamber
9:12am - The Roofbox over the entrance where the solstice sun is beamed to the
9:14am - A long shadow from a Standing Stone.
9:17am - Waiting patiently for the Solstice Lottery winners to exit the chamber.
9:32am - The sunbeam has left the chamber but is still in the passage. There is
a 15 minute
gap since the last
photograph because I was inside the chamber with the group that
had been waiting patiently at the entrance.
9:36am - Just a few stragglers and staff at the Newgrange entrance.
9:38am - Time to make way for the regular guided tours.
9:39am - A Robin at the Newgrange entrance.
9:41am - The shadow from the Standing Stone points to the Newgrange entrance.
9:43am - As we leave Newgrange the Robin poses for a final photo.
in Co. Armagh.
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle the largest Norman castle in Ireland