Sunrise at Stanton Drew - 10 Feb 2008

This page includes photographs from a dawn visit to the Stanton Drew stone circles on Sunday 10 February 2008. It was not a special event, rather I was guided there for a spectacular sunrise on this frosty morning. The verses of poetry are extracts from my forthcoming 17-verse poem about the site. A video reading of this will be available in due course. Although not originally planned, I returned to Stanton Drew to witness the sunset on Saturday 16 February - essentially the end of the solar week.

Dawn at the Great Circle

"Voted top local attraction in 2008
A visit will never disappoint
Not for the dead, built for the living
Cosmic computer and meeting point"

Dawn at the North East Circle

"Three circles and two avenues
Cove and outlying stone
Solar and lunar alignments
The calendar function clearly shown"

Dawn at the Avenue Stones

"The avenues are between Great and North East
They don't disrupt the solar display
The stones mark the point of entry
But are now a rather confusing array"

The dawn sky (12x optical zoom on camera)

Sunrise at the North East Circle and Avenue Stones

"The North East Circle is well preserved
Its large stones number eight
Laid out as equidistant pairs
To the planets they must surely relate"

Sunrise (12x optical zoom on camera)

Sunrise (12x optical zoom on camera)

Sunrise (3x optical zoom on camera)

Fire in the sky (12x optical zoom on camera)

Sunrise (12x optical zoom on camera)

Sunrise (12x optical zoom on camera)

Sunrise at the Great Circle

"The Great Circle's diameter is 365ft
Acting as a calendar frame
Built with 27 large stones
The solar circle its other name"

Sunrise (3x optical zoom on camera)

Sunrise (3x optical zoom on camera)

Sunrise at the South West Circle

"Set out in a separate field
The South West Circle is often missed
One stone missing and 11 stones fallen
Its Lunar Circle name another twist"

Lambs come to greet the early morning visitor

Sunrise at The Cove

The Cove is sited at the Druids' Arms
One fallen stone and two standing tall
The faller is a recumbent, cap or back stone
Lunar observance may have occurred before the fall"

 


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