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 and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433