Tag Archives: Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice: The Longest Day

The Summer Solstice marks the longest day, shortest night, and the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere. The sun appears at its highest, northernmost, point in the sky. Our planet will be at its farthest, or aphelion, in orbit … Continue reading

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A More Common Flower at Solstice

Somehow it’s already the Summer Solstice (in the northern hemisphere), when traditions prompt us to celebrate midsummer‘s fertility with festivals and bonfires. Earth’s rotational axis on this day tilts at its greatest incline toward the star that it orbits – … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice, with Pollinators

The Summer Solstice is here, appropriately in the midst of a terrible heatwave (although it’s now Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere). In the Northern Hemisphere the earth in its orbit tilts on its axis, facing the sun for the longest … Continue reading

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Solstice: a Paradise of Forms in Nature

Summer solstice is upon us: the time of year we fully celebrate the daylight in all its glory: when the earth tilts on its axis to most directly face the sun – which is highest in the sky – and … Continue reading

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Solstice Among the Fauna

As we celebrate the Summer Solstice – the year’s longest day, celebrating the fullness of life – I’m thinking about my mother, who would have just turned 88. One of her greatest gifts to me was passing along her utter wonder at … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice falls on June 21, and the day is the longest (and the night shortest) of the year. It’s officially the first day of summer, although thanks to global warming, we’ve already had plenty of hot days! The … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice

The little birds in our yard have left their nest (bushtits?), the days are long and – at least today – balmy and beautiful. It must be summer! Time to enjoy the longest day, and shortest night of the year, … Continue reading

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