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Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2007 pictures

Over 24,000 people celebrated the Summer Solstice 2007 at Stonehenge

Wednesday 20th June found thousands of us wending our way that drizzly evening across the Salisbury Plains, to gather together with Druids, Pagans and King Arthur Pendragon within the mighty megaliths of Stonehenge.

The Summer solstice is one day that we can touch the cold towering slabs of stone - no climbing is allowed, but a gentle stoney hug is OK! English Heritage have been allowing 'Open Access' to the circle for 8 years and tonight the fences have been taken down ready for the midsummer celebrations.

cloudy Stonehenge solstice dawnThere was only one rain shower during the solstice vigil and most people had come prepared with capes, various hats, horns, hoods and umbrellas! The music kept going through the night and included a saxophone along with pipes, guitars and rhythmic drumming. The atmosphere was brilliant as always and people who had only just met joined together to celebrate the dawning of the longest day of the year.

People come to the Stonehenge Summer Solstice for many reasons - to experience the spiritual atmosphere from within the towering sarsens and to see the sky lightening over the Heel stone as dawn approaches; to enjoy the huge buzz of one of the biggest all night open-air midsummer parties; to be themselves on this magic night and to let their hair down, as our ancestors did as nature's great wheel turned through another season.

A bank of cloud descended during the early morning and unfortunately obscured the midsummer sunrise this year. The edge of the clouds had a reddish glow! A happy solstice was still had by all, despite the unpredictable British weather. Many brave souls were planning on continuing the party at Glastonbury Festival.

Here are some great Stonehenge Summer solstice pics from visitors to the site

Thanks to Zebedee for these brilliant 2007 photos

Stonehenge solstice car park

Just arrived, the Solstice car park...
Stonehenge, England

First glimmer of light...

stone circle

Approaching the Great Stones...

Stonehenge sarsens

Stone silhouettes looming...

solstice crowd

Entering the first stone circle...

Stonehenge menhir

Solitary stone...

Giants' dance

Doorways for giants...
touch the stones

Zebedee's first touch of the stones...

Stonehenge  solstice 2007

Three tiered stones...

Peoples' Temple

United at the centre of Stonehenge...

who built Stonehenge

How did they put those up there?

midsummer party

Waiting to pass through...
solstice celebrations

Incredible structures meet awe struck crowd...
solstice sunrise

The break of dawn....
Stonehenge sunrise

Patiently anticipating as the drizzle subsides...
midsummer dawn

A glimmer of hope...
happy solstice

A beautiful sunrise...
solstice fun

It's time to celebrate...

20-21 June 2007 - Stonehenge Summer Solstice

After travelling to Stonehenge for an hour and a half from Dorset, with our 2yr old daughter, we found that sitting in the car park was quite surreal, we had actually made it (again)!
The weather was good to us and as we travelled across the car park past cars, buses, caravans, tents, sleeping people, the whole place was full of anticipation. The sounds of excited voices filled the fields, and we merged with the stream of expectant visitors as we passed through check point 1.

After another half hour or so, we could see the Great Stones of Stonehenge looming out of the earth, as giant silhouettes in the darkness, before us. People of all ages, races, lifestyles and backgrounds gathered together underneath and around the Stones, sharing in the wonder of this special occassion.

ome people brought instruments, such as drums or horns, some dressed up, some danced and some cheered, some entertained others and some waited to be entertained. The only things needed were an open mind and empathy towards others, you could then be as individual as you wished to be, and still be welcomed into the unity of the Summer Solstice.

There were gatherings of people smiling on the ground and people who were always on the move, taking in a different view and soaking up the atmosphere, and all in awe of this sacred place! Approaching the inner stone circle, there was just enough room to move (slowly), people were happily packed between the Stones waiting for the sunrise! The level of noise created by the large volume of people was incredible, and The Stones themselves were acting as a perfectly tuned amplifier of sound and spirit.

A truly amazing experience and a privilege to be there!
Zebedee :-)