Sunday, June 19, 2016


[Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice but I'll be at work, so I'm posting my annual celebration today.]

In our modern urbanized, mobile society the Summer Solstice is considered the first day of Summer, despite the meteorologists annually announcing that June 1 is the start of the actual season. But our agrarian ancestors had a more practical view of the situation - the crops were already well up, in the orchards the nascent fruit was already appearing, and the hot weather had already settled in, so obviously the Solstice was the midpoint of the season, hence the name Midsummer. I tend to agree. Heck, the farmers around here have already done the first haying, so obviously Summer is well under way. In any case, here are some shots from this morning's walk in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park (when the temps were already in the 80s [26º - 30º C]) to celebrate Midsummer!

© 2016 by A. Roy Hilbinger 


  1. Magi, as all Australians, follow the meteorologists....June 1st is the beginning of Fall.

    1. Actually, in the southern hemisphere June 1 would be the beginning of Winter. Fall would start in March.