Sitting here in the south of England, waiting with baited breath
for the transmission to start. Going to be well worth it, I know.
Watched every day last season, and have patiently waited since
the end of this year’s transmission. Having been to Maes Howe
last year, of course makes it much more real. Many thanks to all
concerned. It is very moving to know that so many people from
different parts of the world can share in this aspect of the wonder
of nature and the link with ancient peoples. Love, HA, Basingstoke,
surfing your web site -- very very good !
wife and I visited in mid June and thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
I find that neolithic Orkney has captured my imagination and I
think about what it must have been like several times a week.
I can still close my eyes and see Deerness et al with no difficulty
whatsoever. I cannot wait until the next trip!! Orkney is such
a wonderful place !! The Maeshowe docent told us about this web
site and I have impatiently been waiting for 6 months to check
the progress of the sunset. I had no idea that the window of opportunity
was as wide as it is. I will be checking in real time tomorrow
(Saturday) morning my time, Saturday sunset your time. I noted
the flashing phenomenon on the web site and have an interesting
idea. It should be relatively easy to computer model the physical
area in which the flashing can be observed, as long as the elevation
data is available in sufficient horizontal and vertical resolution.
On a flat surface I would think that the physical area would be
elliptical in shape, and would of course be modified by on the
ground elevation changes. Once the physical area is known, it
would be interesting to look for marker stones at both edges of
the ellipse that would align with the sun and with Maeshowe on
Dec 21st. It would also be most interesting to learn if Maeshowe
is in the center of the ellipse, or in some other logical orientation.
The part that captures my imagination is the patience it would
have taken to determine the exact spot. How many years must have
gone by before it could have been determined. How many years went
by when it was cloudy and no observations could be made? Thanks
so much for your site. I will be there again, and will see it
live for myself!
you so much for again providing the beautiful service from Maes
Howe. My daughter and I were on Orkney for Summer Solstice 2000,
and your webcam and stills make me long to be back again.
again... I love your site. Every morning when I wake up, I turn
on the computer to check what the weather is like at Maeshowe.
The only problem that I see with it... it is live!!! If you are
not in front of the screen at sunset, you miss the whole show,
as I did this morning.
visited Orkney and Maeshowe last June, we found the whole experience
most enchanting, your site has made it possible to revisit Orkney
in the middle of winter and see your excellent images
I used to live in Orkney but have since moved away through work.
I've been lucky enough to have had the Maes Howe experience first
hand when I was up there and I was really pleased to find a website
a few years ago about the solstice event. Since then, I've logged
on around this time of year and I think the new website is the
- on the meaning of "Maes"
Maers bit is simply that Sigurd asked me what the word "maes"
might mean in Icelandic, and told me that someone had told him
of an old custom where maidens/virgins climbed up atop the howe
and urinated on ashes there at summer solstice. And I said that
that would make sense, since "maer" is Icelandic for maid or virgin,
the possessive being "maers," and if you gloss the R it would
sound like "maes" (mise or mice in sound) and howe is from the
ON "haugr," which is the same as the current Icelandic "haugur,"
or "cairn, midden, sepulchral mound." Ergo, "maidens' cairn /
to say how much I have enjoyed looking at this website over the
past few days - we visited orkney for the first time this summer
and were fascinated by the history of maeshowe - this has been
a great reminder and the quality is superb.
learned of this website while visiting Maeshowe this past July.
I am fascinated by its antiquity and the obvious intellectual
planning that went into the placement of this tomb during ancient
days. ThIs is beyond my understanding but I am so glad to have
the opportunity to see the events of the winter solstice and to
share in the universal excitement of these winter days.
viewing on web by this very inexperienced surfer as very interested
in all things archeological, geological & historical. Have visited
Orkney 5times now, enchanted by it all & have some fantastic Photos
taken with my simple camera of Summer Soltice sunsets. I live
in Snowdonia surrounded by neolithic stone circles, iron age hillforts
etc so empathise with Orkney landscapes & culture. Maes is Welsh
(Celtic) for meadow, flat area from Latin eg Mesa - Spanish. A
fascinated Ancient Briton