Thursday, December 20, 2012


This shot was taken by Rob Wilson over Stonehenge Aotearoa, a replica of Stonehenge built in the Wairarapa countryside, approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the town of Carterton, New Zealand. Stonehenge Aotearoa is a full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge, the stone monument built on Salisbury Plain in England.

Wilson took this image about a year ago for his 365 day project using his Canon MkII with its 16-35mm lens, 30 second exposure at ISO 1600. The light was from the photographer "running about with a bright LED torch and my shutter remote to shoot the shot".

Side note: Just in case any of you were worried about the end of the Mayan calendar – this admin can report that it is currently 1:58am 21st December (UTC+13) 2012 where they are. It is night-time and the summer solstice is tomorrow; there is no burning mass in the sky yet, though the Sun will rise tomorrow morning.

The December solstice is when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees; i.e. when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the Sun. This year, the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere and the summer solstice for the Southern Hemisphere will occur at 11:12 a.m. UTC, Friday, 21 December 2012.


Image: Rob Wilson,

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