A Midsummer’s Day Bouquet

By , June 20, 2013

You’d hardly know it, but today is the Summer Solstice, midsummer’s day.

It’ll likely pass unnoticed by many, because most people think of the solstice as a fixed date, usually June 22nd, on which it often falls.

Worse, this year the 22nd is a Saturday, while the solstice itself falls on a mere Thursday; it’s so difficult for western civilization to observe any event that doesn’t have the decency to fall on the weekend!

But this is a natural event, not a holiday in the common sense. It comes when it is time, and human convenience be damned.

On the other hand, the solstice moment arrives at 9:04 p.m. Alaska time, so if you’re in the eastern U.S., the solstice will technically be tomorrow.

In honor of the day, here’s a nice view of the bay. I took it the day I “met” the lost moose calf (see A Close Encounter).

Happy Solstice, where ever you are!

The Chilkat Range through Nootka lupine on Mud Bay (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

The Chilkat Range through Nootka lupine on Mud Bay (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

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