Saturday, June 19, 2010
4 x 4 Friday--Solstice--Midsummer Morn
Here is my homage to Midsummer. My favorite time of the day, when the risen sun begins to penetrate the early morning mist. Everything is just so beautiful then, sparkling and warm. It's magical.
These are the Callanish Stones, a cross-shaped setting of Standing stones erected around 2000 BC, one of the most spectacular Megalithic monuments in Scotland.
Local tradition says that giants who lived on the island refused to be converted to Christianity by Saint Kieran and were turned into stone as a punishment.
Another local belief says that at Sunrise on midsummer morning, the "shining one" walked along the stone avenue, "his arrival heralded by the Cuckoo's call."
This Legend could be a Folk memory recalling the astronomical significance of the stones
With thanks to Suzee Que, Dover, The Feathered Nest, Google and Textures for Layers Flick Group