summer solstice

"Ukrainian Landscape" by Efim Volkov
“Ukrainian Landscape” by Efim Volkov

There came a Day – at Summer’s full –
Entirely for me –
I thought that such – were for the Saints –
Where Resurrections – be –

The Sun – as common – went abroad –
The Flowers – accustomed – blew –
As if no Soul the Solstice passed –
That maketh all things new.

~ Emily Dickinson
(The Poems of Emily Dickinson, #325)

19 thoughts on “summer solstice”

  1. Longest day of the year…
    In Groton, Connecticut, sunrise 5:13 am, sunset 8:26 pm.
    In Brevik, Norway, sunrise 3:52 am, sunset 10:45 pm.
    Maybe some day I will spend midsummer (or midwinter) in Norway for the light! πŸ™‚

  2. Just scrolling through your blog on this Summer Solstice, looking at beautiful pictures and reading wonderful thoughts on many posts. What a wonderful experience you had to travel to so many unique amazing places! Wishing you the best, Barbara, at this special time of year and always.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy! I’ve been thinking about you a lot these days as my nose has been buried in “Braiding Sweetgrass.” Robin Wall Kimmerer’s teaching style reminds me of my sister’s, except that she teaches geology, but with the same desire to inspire appreciation for the gifts Mother Earth has given us. Many blessings to you, my friend.

    1. Thanks, Susan! It sounds like you guys have been having a remarkable heat wave down there! Since I have my weather app set for Chapel Hill I’ve gotten a few severe thunderstorm warnings, too.

  3. Not sure how I’d feel about the sun rising at 4 am. That seems a mite early to me and what a long day ! And I know it will be offset by a winter where the sun hardly even rises.

    1. I enjoyed the extra daylight while I was in Norway – it was light when I went to bed and still light when I woke up. It was a soft light, quite wondrous. But I am curious about the extra dark in the winter…

    1. Thank you, Pam! There is much to look forward to, though, before the nights start getting longer than the days. Shakespeare-in-the-Park in July is the first thing which comes to mind. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Nancy, and welcome to my blog! I love noticing and honoring the flow of the seasons…

  4. We thought of our Winter Solstice on the 21st, during a cold snap in the weather. The summer flowers surrounding the little cottage in the picture, and Emily Dickinson’s words are beautiful to mark your longest day of the year. πŸ™‚

    1. It’s fascinating how living on a sphere finds us living in “opposite” climates and “opposite” times of day. Your day is winding down and mine is starting up. Your days are beginning to get longer and mine, shorter. πŸ™‚ It boggles my mind at times!

      1. You are right, it’s nearly 10 pm here (Wednesday) and I’m catching up on a few blogs before I head off to bed. I’m trying to make my life more “normal”, it’s been rather hectic here lately. It’s good to catch up with what’s been happening with all of my blogging friends again. πŸ™‚

        1. May your sleep be peaceful and blessed, my friend, restoring your energy for another day in your currently extra-busy life! It’s been good chatting with you here and and on your blog. πŸ™‚

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