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Midsummer Dawn

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At the summer solstice, the sun rises at its most northerly point on the horizon, enabling compositions that cannot be achieved at any other time of year. I made this image at Avebury the day before the solstice, to take advantage of beautiful weather conditions. Around 4.30am the clouds turned pink and then just before the sun rose at 4.49am, soft mist enveloped the downs beyond the standing stones. My presence disturbed some sheep lying around the sarsens but after they had overcome their initial curiosity and gone back to sleep, I thought they added to the composition.