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Hippies, Dippies, Druids and Dancing…….December 2016

HIPPIES, DIPPIES, DRUIDS AND DANCING…….DECEMBER 2016

The Winter Solstice at Stonehenge last year was a real treat, so I thought why not go again this year!

The weather forecast wasn’t great, but my son was keen to go, the others were not so keen! The opinion was, that if we didn’t see the sunrise it wouldn’t matter, as it was more about the experience.

I couldn’t have agreed more……. so at 4am on a cold wet morning we set off for Wiltshire. Arriving at the new visitor centre at about 6am we joined a few thousand people for the mile walk down to the stones. 

The atmosphere was certainly different this year. Last year there was lots of banging of drums and various druids vying for attention in the circle, whereas this year the ladies in red (?) managed to take over and occupy the centre of the circle. It was a lot calmer. ‘My’ druid from last year, Kevin, was here again. He wasn’t on great form unfortunately and was on his phone for a lot of the time! Apparently he was a bit tired from being at Avebury the previous evening and couldn’t compete with the ladies in red. Shame as we would have joined in with him!

The strange but wonderful accordion playing, dancing, whirligig was there again. I do love him!

During the Winter and Summer Solstice everyone is allowed to walk among the stones. Knowing their history and how ancient they are really does imbue them with a certain energy and so it is quite a treat to be able to touch them.

A cynical mystic, that’s me!

Stonehenge_WInter Solstice_2016_02Winter Solstice, Stonehenge 2016

Stonehenge_WInter Solstice_2016_03Winter Solstice, Stonehenge 2016

Stonehenge_WInter Solstice_2016_04Winter Solstice, Stonehenge 2016

Stonehenge_WInter Solstice_2016_01Winter Solstice, Stonehenge 2016


Flooding and Gold Awards…….November 2016

FLOODING AND GOLD AWARDS…….NOVEMBER 2016

It was  a pretty mild start to the Winter season, but no doubt the rain will come, so a shoot for the Environment Agency  was called upon.  #floodwarning!

A nice studio in the hinterlands of Park Royal and a visit to the amazing SuperHire, where you can get ANYTHING you can imagine as a prop.

Oh, and if you still have your Greenpeace calendar hanging on the wall, I won a Gold Award in the PX3 Photographic competition. Which was nice!

The calendar was designed by Fons Hickman

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016