Barbara Wolak believes she was guided by a spiritual force to Austinmer Beach yesterday morning, where she witnessed this glorious beginning to the year’s shortest day.
Ms Wolak, 59, who lives on a property near Young in the state’s south-west, brought her crystals to Austinmer for yesterday’s winter solstice, a time which she believes can unleash a new sense of caring for our planet.
There she encountered the very same Mercury photographer, Kirk Gilmour, whom she had met at that beach on the spring equinox in 2009 - a day which locals remember for the red dust storm which covered much of eastern NSW.
It was a chance meeting but one which strengthened Ms Wolak’s belief that things happen for a reason.
‘‘Your paper is the messenger,’’ she said. ‘‘You are Mercury, the messenger of god.’’
In this case, the reason was the ability for her to spread her message - that this is a time of empowerment to clean up the world.
‘‘This solstice is like activating that cleansing, helping humanity to overcome negativity,’’ she said.
‘‘We are actually becoming aware of our planet - it is in need for us to start taking care of it, not destroy it.’’
Yesterday, the sun made a late appearance and left early - rising at 7am and setting at 4.54pm.