Happy Summer Solstice

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Summer Solstice was celebrated by many ancient civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Mayans, Aztecs, Druids, Ancient Chinese and Native Americans. Celebrations and festivals were held in many countries and still are today. Every year I feel something wonderful during the Summer Solstice.

I took the photo above as the moon set and the sun rose while photographing on the Summer Solstice at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach back in 2008.  The pink, blue and purple washed clouds swirling in front of the moon felt nothing short of magical to me.

I am going to celebrate this longest day of the year by realizing that from today forward the days will get shorter which means that in a relatively short period of time I will be able to sleep until 3:34 am instead of 3:30 am on days when I am going to the field to photograph.

Yes, the thought of sleeping four minutes longer in about two weeks time is enough to make me dance in celebration.

Happy Summer Solstice.



  1. Patty Chadwick June 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Good morning Moon…Good morning Sun…this long day is something to celebrate….and it has been a BEAUTIFUL one!!!

  2. Elephant's Child June 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Happy Solstice to you too – and enjoy your sleep in. Celebrating the solstices has always made more sense to me than rather a lot of the other dates we give more recognition to. Our winter solstice is today – and I welcome it.

  3. Mary McAvoy June 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Wonderful post Mia and a gorgeous photo. I LOVE the moon!

    I wish we hadn’t lost, in our culture, the celebration of this day.

    Happy Summer Solstice to you too!


  4. Bob Bushell June 21, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Happy solstice to you Mia as well, lovely moon photo.

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