Today we reached the Summer Solstice and English Heritage marked the date, as usual, by having a special opening of Stonehenge. Whereas when I visited with an American friend 3 weeks ago it was roped off this morning people were allowed into the area to witness the sunrise at about 4.45 am. Access to the stones themselves was from around 8.30pm on Saturday 20th June until 8am on Sunday 21st June.
It had been my intention to photograph the sunset tonight at around 9.15 p.m. but it was already dark enough to need lights at 6 p.m. and the heavy cloud cover never lifted.
This white tailed Chaffinch has been very prominent in the garden for the last few days. Although there is always some white on the outer tail feathers, this bird has a more or less completely white tail.
We had a bit of rice left over from a Chinese dinner and Pam put it out in the garden for the birds to eat. Scarcely had she turned her back before the Herring Gulls descended, it don't know how they know so quickly that there is something to each on the lawn.