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Castlerigg stone circle, Keswick in Cumbria, September Equinox

Castlerigg stone circle
Castlerigg stone circle, Keswick in Cumbria
Landscape photography, Nigel Borrington

September Equinox, 22nd of September

There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. Seasons are opposite on either side of the equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the “autumnal (fall) equinox” in the northern hemisphere. However, in the southern hemisphere, it’s known as the “spring (vernal) equinox”.

The Earth’s postion during the September equinox (ill. not to scale).

September Equinox in Kilkenny, Ireland is on the
Sunday, 22 September 2013, 21:44 IST

Castlerigg stone circle

The stone circle at Castlerigg (alt. Keswick Carles, Carles, Carsles or Castle-rig) is situated near Keswick in Cumbria, North West England. One of around 1,300 stone circles in the British Isles and Brittany, it was constructed as a part of a megalithic tradition that lasted from 3,300 to 900 BCE, during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages.

Various archaeologists have commented positively on the beauty and romance of the Castlerigg ring and its natural environment. In his study of the stone circles of Cumbria, archaeologist John Waterhouse commented that the site was “one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain.”

Every year, thousands of tourists travel to the site, making it the most visited stone circle in Cumbria. This plateau forms the raised centre of a natural amphitheatre created by the surrounding fells and from within the circle it is possible to see some of the highest peaks in Cumbria: Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Grasmoor and Blencathra.

10 responses

  1. What’s covering those hills giving the landscape that reddish colour?

    September 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  2. Beautiful countryside. I love the red on the hills. It really adds to this photo 🙂

    September 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm

  3. artscottnet

    Hi Nigel, Beautiful warmth on the distant hills, this is a beautiful shot… hope you have a great Monday

    September 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm

  4. 1annecasey

    Magical!

    September 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

  5. laraleslieyoung

    Hi Nigel,

    I’m of Irish descent and am researching my Pagan ancestry. Do you know of a good living source of Pagan history and culture? Are there any legitimate practitioners or groups in Ireland?

    I’m really enjoying your artwork –

    Lara

    September 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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