Love lights way on the day the sun stands still
THEY say a kiss under the summer solstice will grant you eternal love, and Peter and Lili Sherring are hoping it’s true.
The newly wed couple, who were on their honeymoon in Yeppoon from the Gold Coast, shared an intimate moment under a beam of light at the Capricorn Caves for the summer solstice.
Yesterday marked the day of the summer solstice – the longest day of the year as the sun and the Tropic of Capricorn line up, causing a longer period of sunlight.
The sun rose at 5.09am and set at 6.44pm, a total of 13 hours and 34 minutes of sunlight.
At the Capricorn Caves, this causes a natural phenomenon. For about three weeks the sun shines directly down though a rainwater shaft in the top of one caves, and right into the cavern.
The summer solstice light at the Capricorn Caves has set the tone for celebrations, marriage proposals and even a wedding.
Though it was a cloudy day and the beam of light was diminished, visitors from as far as Canada, and Lili from China, were amazed at the sights of the limestone caves last week.
Peter said it was a real eye-opener for Lili and he was looking forward to showing her around Central Queensland.
He said he was taking her to Emerald to fossick for gems and they were going to do a tour of Rockhampton.
General manager of the Capricorn Caves Amanda Jennings said the summer solstice was the busiest time of the year.
“It’s the only place you can experience something so natural,” she said.