Thursday, June 20, 2013


Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit

The earth upon which we travel often takes many forms and shapes,
Often intermingling with water and vegetation.
The cleansing air of the Carolina LowLands
Along with the blazing fire of the setting sun
Brightens the marshes with a golden glow at sunset.
One's soul cannot help but sing in the spirit of the 
Summer Solstice.

The Summer Solstice

Each year, the timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This occurs annually on June 20 or June 21 in North America, depending on your time zone.

The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) andstitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).

To see more entries for the Festival of the Solstice, go here.


  1. Lovely post, delightful bench!

  2. Wonderfully layered image Kate, beautifully composed theme shot.

  3. If I can change your subject from the summer solstice to the winter solstice, we were recently in Ireland and were amazed in visiting the burial tombs at Newgrange. The entrance to the main tomb inside the largest mound was aligned to capture a shaft of light during the winter solstice. Remarkable knowledge of astronomy and engineering in 4,000 B.C., 1,000 years before Stonehenge or the Pyramids.

    1. Oh, Dave! Those Irish; you gotta hand it to 'em!!

  4. Wonderful shot of the lowlands. Enjoyed your expressive words "sing in the spirit" !

  5. just gorgeous. very poetic.

  6. Lovely photograph and a sensitive, poetic tribute to this, the longest day of the year! (Or tomorrow, if you're zoned out today)...

  7. What a beautiful post and I remember my favorite Summer Solstice spent in Paris with blog friends and Parisians.


  8. Hubby and I will be attending a summer solstice celebration, too. This is a beautifully composed photograph. The element of spirit defines the whole.

  9. That's wonderful. Great theme day post.

  10. This photo is simply beautiful, Kate! Love it.

  11. Great choice for the midmonth theme. The right combination of elements (almost).


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