I don’t claim to be any expert on henges. I’ve simply always found henges to be intriguingly cool. So, one summer I built one, using hand cut stones from old farmhouse and barn foundations on my land.
We all know “Stonehenge”. But what truly is a “henge”? I did some research before building mine. From my study of henges, I determined that most henges are basically a big circle of stones. They are not all built the same way, but they share similar purpose. In a nutshell, it appears most henges are constructed to measure and celebrate the comings and goings of seasons.
Some henges, like Stonehenge, do this by catching the sun’s rays through precisely oriented windows at sunrise. Others use the exact solstice times (10:59 am this winter in the north country) to catch the sun’s rays and cast shadows or form momentary designs.
Mine is a simple henge, based on the Stonehenge design. I used a lensatic compass when building it, to ensure the window was sighted in properly.
I was out there this morning at sunrise, to celebrate this year’s winter solstice. It appears my “Monroe Henge” is pretty well aligned.
Welcome to winter! I wanted to share the view from my henge, celebrating Winter 2021. This year’s solstice sunrise.