Stonehenge before day break
(All photos by Dana Fredericksen)
I have been fascinated with Stonehenge ever since I was a girl. I wrote one of my senior term papers on Stonehenge and determined I would go there someday. I'm in my 60s now, and still haven't made it, but recently Dan's brother Scott, his wife Dana, and two of theirs sons, Anders and Erik, visited Stonehenge.
Daybreak at Stonehenge
They were there at one of the most auspicious times of the year - the autumnal equinox. (Other ideal times would be the spring equinox and the solstices, especially, to me, the summer solstice.) I usually write a post at the equinox, but I was having certain medical issues at the time, so I didn't feel like posting. Then my sister-in-law, Dana, sent me these photos and I thought they make for an excellent equinox post.
Druids in the mist
I love this photo. It seems to be very Arthurian in nature, and mystical, and timeless.
Standing stones before sunup
Waiting for dawn
Another wonderful, wonderful photo.
A modern Druidess?
Druid King knighting Erik
Druid King knighting Anders
The two newest Druid knights, their Dad,
Scott, and their pagan guide Keith
My relatives toured England for 10 days, but the purpose of their trip was far more than just a vacation. They were there to "drop off" youngest son Erik at college. And it wasn't just any college - it is The University of Oxford, the oldest English-speaking university in the world.
Erik is a 2012 honors graduate of Harvard University. He won a full ride scholarship to Oxford, very similar to the Rhodes Scholarship. It includes a generous stipend to travel around Europe!
Erik at his Harvard graduation
In attending Oxford, Erik joins the ranks of students which have included 26 British prime ministers, at least 30 other world leaders, 12 saints, religious leaders, nearly innumerable famous writers, composers, notable scientists, mathematicians and philosophers and, yes, a few actors.
Erik, congratulations. We know you are a smart young man and we're positive you will do well as you further pursue your classical education.
Here is a video of some of the sights and sounds Erik will likely be seeing and hearing:
Erik, you already look positively
dapper and "Oxfordian" (word??)