Arriving at a snowy Newgrange for the Winter Solstice sunrise on December 22nd 2010
A promising sky on the closest morning to the actual Winter Solstice.
The Newgrange Solstice group before entering the chamber
Winter Solstice Sunrise viewed from the Newgrange entrance
White Quartz Facade
glowing in the Winter Solstice sunrise
Tour guide Michael Fox touching the light in the passage at the mouth of the chamber
Ken Williams captured this amazing photo
featuring Michael Fox touching the light beam within the ancient structure. Heavy snowfall had created
challenging driving conditions, and Michael received a message from a contact at the Brú na Bóinne
Visitors Centre, informing him that some Solstice Lottery winners could not travel due to road conditions.
Deciding to proceed to Newgrange for the sunrise on December 22nd, he anticipated a good chance of gaining access to the chamber.
Residing approximately 20 km from Newgrange, he navigated through snow-covered roads and successfully reached Newgrange safely.
Upon arrival, he was greeted by a pristine, white landscape and, more importantly, a clear sky. As expected,
some Solstice Lottery winners did not make it, affording him the opportunity to join the group entering the
chamber to await the sunrise. They were rewarded with a spectacular dawn that bathed the chamber in golden light.
As the sunbeam began its retreat down the passage, Michael conceived the idea of asking Ken Williams
to capture a photo of his hand touching the light beam. For Michael, the resulting image serves as a
cherished memory of that remarkable morning.
Sun rays in the passage at the end of a spectacular solstice illumination
Snow at the Roofbox, thankfully it didn't block the sunbeam entering the passage
It's the sunbeam from the Roofbox above the entrance that reaches the chamber.
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