Summer Solstice 2019

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I did a post last year, celebrating the Summer Solstice of 2018. I got some really cool pictures that day. I got a few this year with some visitations from nature.

If anyone can identify my caterpillar, let me know. ~Vic

Solstice Sun Image
From my Adirondack chair in the side yard.
Cardinal Image Two
Young Cardinal checking things out.
Caterpillar Image Three
Fuzzy, green caterpillar that I can’t identify.
I tried.
Crawled up on my chair.

National Day Calendar Image Four

The Summer Solstice for our area of the planet was at 11:45am EDT.

The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium — from sol (Sun) and stitium (still or stopped), reflecting the fact that on the solstice, the Sun appears to stop “moving” in the sky as it reaches its northern or, southernmost point (declination) for the year, as seen from Earth. After the solstice, the Sun appears to reverse course and head back in the opposite direction. The motion referred to here is the apparent path of the Sun when one views its position in the sky at the same time each day, for example at local noon. Over the year, its path forms a sort of flattened figure eight, called an analemma. Of course, the Sun, itself, is not moving (unless you consider its own orbit around the Milky Way Galaxy). Tnstead, this change in position in the sky that we on Earth notice is caused by the tilt of Earth’s axis as it orbits the Sun, as well as Earth’s elliptical, rather than circular, orbit. The timing of the June solstice is not based on a specific calendar date or time. It all depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator.

Did you know that the Sun actually sets more slowly around the time of a solstice, in that it takes longer to set below the horizon? This is related to the angle of the setting Sun. The farther the Sun sets from due west along the horizon, the shallower the angle of the setting Sun. (Conversely, it’s faster at or near the equinoxes.) Bottom-line, enjoy those long romantic summertime sunsets at or near the solstice!

Many cultures, both ancient and modern, celebrate the sunlight with rituals and holidays. Every year on the summer solstice, thousands of people travel to Wiltshire, England, to Stonehenge […]. There are many Midsummer celebrations all over the planet.


11 thoughts on “Summer Solstice 2019

    badfinger20 said:
    June 22, 2019 at 1:26 AM

    I really like the top picture with the sun through the trees. Summer is definitely here. This weekend 95 and heat index in the 100’s.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 22, 2019 at 1:46 AM

      That is my fave spot. I have two Adirondack chairs underneath that huge, old Hackberry tree. I watch the sunset and watch the birds. Take my shoes off and ground…

        badfinger20 said:
        June 22, 2019 at 1:48 AM

        You chill out…which is great to do. It is a beautiful view.

    hanspostcard said:
    June 22, 2019 at 5:32 AM

    awesome pictures! it didn’t seem like the longest day of the year it seemed like it got dark here earlier than i expected- i guess I don’t pay attention to when the sun goes down—and now we edge closer to winter each day. “Winter is Coming!”

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 22, 2019 at 3:06 PM

      Thank you very much.

      My frame of reference is whacked when it comes to hours of daylight. I live with a retired cop that loved 3rd shift…and, he is back on it. He was working PT with a local store owner but, that closed, temporarily, for a re-build…that is taking forever. He goes to bed around 4:30/5a and gets up @ 3p. I don’t make it to bed until 3a…and he’s, up, doing stuff. I told him he was turning into a vampire and making me CRAZY. *sigh* He’s not human, I tell ya’…

      Heh. It’s all downhill from here! ❄☃️

    MichaelStephenWills said:
    June 22, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    good day to be out and about….as is today.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 22, 2019 at 3:21 PM

      I was hoping for sunshine but, we are overcast. 🙄☹

    Dayphoto said:
    June 22, 2019 at 12:24 PM

    We were so cold yesterday that I had to wear a jacket and sleep with an extra blanket on the bed and shut all the windows. I’m ready for a warm up. Love your photos.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      June 22, 2019 at 3:34 PM

      We’ve been steady with the 80s. The temps dropped last week to the 70s. I’m glad it isn’t in the 90s.

      Thank you! ❤

        Dayphoto said:
        June 22, 2019 at 5:04 PM

        It’s raining here and 60* I think winter has returned.

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