When Nature's Sunrise Pops for the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice

Bradley W. Deacon
3 min readJun 20, 2022
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Ever since I captured the Manhattan Henge, also known as the Manhattan Solstice by chance, I have always tried to catch nature's winter and summer solstice events from wherever I live.

The Manhattan Solstice is unique in that it is when the setting or rising sun aligns with the east-west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan, New York City.

There is something about marking the shortest or longest day of the year and what it signifies. I prefer the winter solstice as it indicates that the days will gradually start to get longer, and we begin to come out of winter.

No matter how you look at it, if you can catch a solstice sunrise or sunset, I highly recommend it as it makes you appreciate what nature offers.

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Manhattan Henge

For those that can get to Manhattan for a solstice, the following image is similar to what I saw by chance several years ago when I stumbled onto the street from my hotel on 42nd Street.

Photo by Lerone Pieters on Unsplash

At first, I thought something was happening above and instantly looked up to see a fantastic sunset, and my curiosity got the better of me when I asked some people around me what was happening. It is here I learnt of the solstice and have been hooked ever since.

So what are you waiting for? Check out solstice dates for your area and see if you can catch a magical sunrise or sunset that marks the event? Does your neighbourhood have a unique feature as Manhattans Solstice, where the streets align with the sun for that perfect snap?

Where have you captured a solstice? I would love to hear about your captures in the comments below.

By day Bradley is a cyber-crime analyst, a non-practising qualified lawyer who loves to help small businesses grow their business using social media. Having created a Medium List, Grow Your Brand By Being Social, he is giving back to small…



Bradley W. Deacon

Cyber Crime Analyst Former 🕵️‍♀️ Non-Practising Lawyer Ambassador American Military University Author of Effinmoments in 40,000+ bookstores & online 📸 hack ☮️