Sunday, June 20th marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. What a perfect week to show off our sunrises and sunsets!
But First, The Solstice!
If being celestial two weeks ago wasn’t enough “geek” for you science buffs, let’s talk about the solstice.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”), because at the solstices, the Sun’s declination appears to “stand still”; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s daily path (as seen from Earth) pauses at a northern or southern limit before reversing direction.
It’s hard to believe we will lose two minutes of daylight a day in the northern hemisphere for the next six months as we head into Autumn and Winter. As the southern hemisphere experiences their winter solstice Monday, folk down-under will gradually see two extra minutes of daylight each day.
After years of living in both Southern and Northern California, I got used to summer nights lasting until 8:45pm or so, with first light around 5:30am. One year I spent the 4th of July celebration with my Dad in the town of Alturas, in the most northeast corner of California. The fireworks didn’t start until 10:30pm when it finally got dark! As much as I thought that was impressive, Spokane (Nine Mile Falls), WA, sees 16 hours of official daylight on the summer solstice.
You can google more information here if you are interested in seeing your own daylight hours.
There is also something called “Civil Twilight,” where light begins or remains in the sky before the sun rises or sets. Spokane’s begins as early as 4:10am and the light in the sky ends at 9:35pm, that’s about 6.5 hours of darkness. I know many of you live in more northern latitudes (Alaska, Canada, Sweden, etc) and it would be interesting to know what your sunset time will be on the solstice.
For you in the southern latitudes, what time did the sun go down on this cold winter day?
The construction crew is slowly building the polebarn/shop. This was taken at 10:00 pm a few days ago. Still a lot of light in the sky, enough to hide the stars.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”John Steinbeck
And so the world turns.
Now that all the science is out of the way, how do you celebrate the solstice? In my world, and for this week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme, we will simply enjoy sharing our favorite sunrises and sunsets.
The Heat is On
Similar to our experience with the summer solstice is the heat that comes with enjoying what summer brings. Marsha at Always Write challenges us this week with “heat” for her Writers Quotes Wednesday Writers Challenge. Marsha has a series of hilarious quotes you don’t want to miss. I found a few of my own to share. But I thought this one seemed appropriate since we just read about daylight hours.
“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
“Dear weather, stop showing off… We know you’re HOT!!!”Authors Unknown
“I’m glad it’s finally hot enough to complain about how hot it is.”
And with Summer’s Heat Comes…
To me sunflowers are a wonderful representation of all things “sun.”
The sunflower’s name comes from its tendency to reposition itself to face the sun. It’s genus, Helianthus, is rooted in two Greek words — “helios” meaning sun and “anthos” meaning flower. Here is really great article about sunflowers if you want more information…
I miss my sunflowers, the ones I planted from seeds back in my former home in Sacramento. I spent hours taking photos over three summers. I even got great close-ups of bees seeking pollen!
As I’ve mentioned before, I now live in Eastern Washington where sunflowers and their close cousins, coneflowers, grow wild on our property among the pine trees and lupines.
As always, my sunflowers are shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day!
Ready for Some Sunrises?
It has been a few years since we visited Baja Sur, Mexico. We typically went in late December and early January. Sunrise was at 7:00 a.m. and I made sure I set my alarm to enjoy the spectacular sunrises over the Sea of Cortez. A real treat to see the sunrise over the ocean instead of the sunset expected on the US West Coast over the Pacific Ocean.
How About Some Sunsets?
A sunset over the Sacramento River Delta never failed to inspire.
After a warm, windy session windsurfing, sometimes a sunset sail is the most memorable.
“Wind is God’s way of balancing heat.”Author Unknown
Or how about a sunset in the Yosemite high country?
Turn around and even better, alpenglow appears on the opposite horizon from the setting sun!
A look at my world during the summer. Linking to Lens-Artists challenge “World.”
In case you need ideas, consider sharing anything anything related to sunrises and sunsets: sunflowers, glow, lighthouse, brilliance, alpenglow, dusk, twilight, dawn, rooster crowing, Stonehenge, stone circles, sun god, ancient myths, etc.
In the Pink Blogger Links
Color challenges seem to be waayyy popular! Bloggers shared 17 links just on Sunday alone with a grand total of 33 by Saturday! Thank you for your continuing support and I hope to see a lot more for this week’s prompt!
- Always Write
- Artistic Pension
- Away We Go
- Bend Branches
- Bushboys World
- Cats and Trails and Garden Tales
- Cee’s Photo Challenges
- Dandelion Fuzz
- Deb’s World
- Denyse Whelan Blogs
- Easin’ Along Image in the comments
- Graham’s Island
- Horse Addict
- Hugh’s View and News Image in Comments
- Jacquie Biggar, Author
- JP The Wide-Eyed Wanderer
- Life Lessons
- Light Words
- Light Write Life
- Loving Life
- Mama Cormier
- Natalie the Explorer
- Now At Home
- Our Eyes Open
- NEW Over50 Travel Blog
- Philosophy Through Photography
- Picture This
- Retirement Reflections Shared on Instagram
- The Platinum Line
- The Day After
- Travel with Me
- Wandering Dawgs
I am also “sharing my snaps” over at Denyse Whelan’s blog this Monday!
I’ll sign off with this image of me from 2019 enjoying a very boozy sunset Mai Tai at the Bali Hai restaurant in San Diego in Fall 2019.
Next week, we explore the Great Outdoors (June is Great Outdoors month somewhere). I will share a sneak peak perspective of Becky B’s July Squares: Trees.
Enjoy the solstice and have a wonderful week ahead!
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