Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sun standing still











On the longest day of the year, I roamed through the backyard at sunset. It was 97 degrees at nearly eight o'clock in the evening. We're in the middle of a severe heat wave in the southwest; my weather app told me it was 106 degrees in my neighborhood around three in the afternoon. It felt like only 101, the weather app said hopefully.

The day, and the evening, felt like forever. Dusty, oven-baked eternity. In summer, I often long for the sun to go down, wanting darkness and the relative cool it brings. But on Solstice, a celebration of light and warmth, it feels right to let go and watch the long slide into night.

For the past few weeks, we've been watching the light move inside the house at sunset. It comes in through the window in the family room, on the back wall of the house, inching its way across the family room, kitchen and breakfast nook, illuminating appliances and artwork. We watch as the column of light lines up with walls, windows and door frames, the angles changing as the days pass. The Bear calls it "Househenge." Even here in our eighties ranch, it's plain to see why the movements of the sun have always captured people's attention.

Marking time with celebrations and special days is very important to me. I watch my world carefully as the seasons pass; rhythm and ritual are integral to who I am. Seasons come and go, and summer will never be my favorite, but I'm learning to embrace it, the good with the not-so-good. In June, I'm not necessarily seeking the sun, but I can see the magic, and the possibility, in an endless summer's day.

18 comments:

  1. What a beautifull pictures
    Love, Manon

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  2. Mesmerising photographs Jennifer. Yes, the importance of the sun to our ancestors cannot be underestimated and it is sad that our anthropogenic climate change has made our world so much hotter than it need be. We have been enjoying temperatures in the mid-30s this week and I have to say that cycling through the cool woods on bone dry tracks and spotting unusual butterflies, birds and reptiles has been wonderful. We were out cycling until late yesterday and came home to cook wild boar burgers with home grown salad followed by home grown strawberries. All doors and windows were open and the bats were also wheeling and feasting in the garden - a magical night.

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  3. A lovely post Jennifer. This time of year the light in the house is so beautiful in the evening. As you say illuminating corners that don't normally emerge. Hopefully a little cooler soon. We woke to a ten degree drop today. Much needed. I already feel invigorated to do tasks that I've been putting off for a while. B x

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  4. Lovely photos. Summer is my favourite season, though I may just change my mind if I lived with 106 degree heat. We've had a bit of a heatwave over here too, nothing as drastic as yours, but it's due to cool down again now.

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  5. You are a beautiful writer Jennifer; I enjoyed reading this post very much. How hot it is over there! It seems no time since it was freezing cold... When we have those 100+ days, I long for evening too, and find renewed energy as the sun sets.
    Woo hoo, mountain sighting - you know I love them :)

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  6. Written so beautifully and a joy to see the photos. A beautiful post.

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  7. Hello Jennifer ( waves frantically) I have not visited your blog for ages and my goodness you have been incredibly busy . Love your new crochet squares it will be a very special blanket when completed. Your photos as ever are simply beautiful as for your writing ,wow . A beautiful post . Hugs to you and yours

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  8. Every time I complain about the heat here I think about how much hotter it is in your part of the country. I too like to watch the sun cast its light across the rooms, how different it looks from winter light.

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  9. Every word and every photo is beautiful. I went for a walk at the lake on the longest day. At 10:30 it was dusk at the campground, but looking northward it was still light in the sky! Amazing. I hope you get some well deserved coolness soon.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. beautifully written! It would be hard to be in such heat. I can imagine, however, the beauty of the light as you describe it. good to see the beauty where we are...

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  11. Such beautiful pictures! The lighting was incredible!

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  12. You have captured some beautiful images and your words are from your soul. Our weather has broken here today and the leaves on the trees are blowing - you would love it! Jo x

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  13. The summer solstice is a wonderful day isn't it. It was beautiful weather here this year, perfect for those at Stonehenge and elsewhere. It's always good to stop and feel the connection to the earth and the sun. Hope your heatwave eases soon though. Have a good weekend Jennifer. CJ xx

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  14. Wonderful post, Jennifer. So beautifully written, and your words are a perfect match for your photos.

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  15. Beautiful post and photos. Summer will never be my favourite either, but I am learning to live with it as well :)

    -Soma

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  16. Your words and photos capture your day so well, Jennifer. Thanks for marking time so beautifully. xx

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  17. Such lovely pictures and words that create your summer atmosphere Jennifer. I love the movement of the sun shining in my house too....love the word 'house henge'.....just right! Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  18. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, just full of the glow of evening light. Beautiful captures. But 106°, wow, that's flipping hot. I don't envy you that. I hope the weather breaks for you soon. X

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