Junonalia Sunrise and Sunset at Stanton Drew - 7 Mar 2010

Junonalia occurs on 7 March, two weeks before the Spring Equinox and it honours the goddess Juno. In days gone by it would have seen a procession of 27 girls, dressed in long robes, accompanied by the image of the goddess, carved from the wood of a cypress tree, which is sacred to her. With a good weather forecast, this frozen morning seemed like a perfect day for me to perform the annual Stanton Drew spring sunrise and sunset photography session. Press the Event Photos button above for similar spring photography sessions in 2009 (21 Feb) and 2008 (10/16 Feb).

Sunrise at Stanton Drew

Waiting for the sun in the North East Circle

Waiting for the sun in the North East Circle

The sun makes its first appearance

The frozen landscape welcomes the sun

Growing in power

Growing in power

The stones of the North East Circle begin to become energised

The stones of the North East Circle begin to become energised

Continuing to grow in power

Now fully exposed

On its way to light another day

The stones of the North East Circle begin to become energised

The stones of the North East Circle begin to become energised

The stones of the North East Circle begin to become energised

The stones of the North East Circle begin to become energised

The stones of the North East Circle begin to become energised

The stones of the Great Circle begin to warm up

The famous Stanton Drew sheep always enjoy being near the stones

The sheep come over to greet their early morning visitor

At the edge of the Great Circle

Higher up in the South Western Circle

Higher up in the South Western Circle

Higher up in the South Western Circle

Sunset at Stanton Drew

The sun begins to go down on the stones of the North Eastern Circle

The sun begins to go down on the stones of the North Eastern Circle

The sun begins to go down on the stones of the North Eastern Circle

The sun begins to go down on the stones of the North Eastern Circle

The sun begins to go down on the stones of the North Eastern Circle

The sun starts to set on the South Western Circle

The sun starts to set on the South Western Circle

The sun starts to set on the South Western Circle

The sun starts to set on the South Western Circle

The setting sun viewed from the Great Circle

The setting sun viewed from the Great Circle

Back at the North Eastern Circle

Back at the North Eastern Circle

Back at the North Eastern Circle

Back at the North Eastern Circle

Back at the North Eastern Circle

Viewing again from the Great Circle

Viewing again from the Great Circle

Very little energy left now

Very little energy left now

Very little energy left now

Very little energy left now

Very little energy left now

Very little energy left now

The final few minutes

The final few minutes

The sun leaves Stanton Drew for another day


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