Intense sunlight on the textured surface of a pier. A blueish, rectangular expanse above is seen as an unlit corridor to a place of worship.

The weathered surface of a pier, lit by the setting sun. I enjoy thinking of the Irish Newgrange monument throughout winter. It’s believed that priests would sit within the inner chamber on the day of the winter solstice. The monument’s alignment with the sun on this single day would fill the chamber with light, revealing artwork and carvings all throughout.

In the cold and lengthy darkness of winter, I imagine what it would be like to sit in Newgrange’s dim chamber. I easily see priests and wise peoples anticipating the flood of warmth and light that symbolize the earth’s resurrection, each of them soon to be overpowered by awe and wonder. The sunlight’s upward progression into a darkened corridor in this image brought to mind the same reverent appreciation that sheltered me for many winters.

Minolta Maxxum 7
Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4
Kodak Ektar – ISO 100