First Day of Summer

Happy Summer Solstice and Happy Father’s Day! In honor of the first day of summer, this week’s post features beautiful summer seascape and landscape photos.

Sunset at Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
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By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Sunset at Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
7/01/2009

 

Sunset surf in Hermosa Beach in July of 2006
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By Estrategy at en.wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Sunset surf in Hermosa Beach in July of 2006

 

Lake Väimela Alajärv, in Võru County, Estonia.
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By Vaido Otsar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Lake Väimela Alajärv, in Võru County, Estonia.
8 August 2012, 20:04:17

 

This picture of a meadow atop Andrews Bald, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, features daisies, a rhododendron tree and a boulder in the distance.
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By Scott Basford (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
This picture of a meadow atop Andrews Bald, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, features daisies, a rhododendron tree and a boulder in the distance.
13 August 2009, 18:08:33

 

 landscape in the province of Upper Austria
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By Werner100359 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
landscape in the province of Upper Austria
12 June 2014, 14:54:41

Here are some facts about the summer solstice from “Summer Solstice 2015: 5 Facts To Know About The First Day Of Summer” by Julia Glum in the International Business Times:

  • This year, it falls on June 21. But that’s not always true. The summer solstice happens between June 20 and June 21 every year and formally occurs when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky.
  • Where does the word come from? “Solstice” is a word that means “sun” and “staying,” or the sun standing still. While on other days the sun seems to move in the sky, on the solstice it doesn’t. In terms of the planet’s revolution, the sun is farthest away from the Earth during the North Hemisphere’s summer and closest during its winter. Check out your shadow — around noon on the solstice, it will be the smallest it’ll get all year.
  • It’s also the Winter Solstice. At the exact same time summer starts in the Northern Hemisphere, winter starts in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • In some places, there’s constant sunlight. The so-called “midnight sun” shines all day during the solstice in some parts of Alaska, Canada, Sweden and Finland, according to Space.com.
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8 thoughts on “First Day of Summer

    1. Yes, the day should have been long there as it was here. The only downside is that now the days will slowly start getting shorter from this point on, and it will be autumn before we know it.

      I hope that you enjoyed the first day of summer, and thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your fun comment and for liking this post and “June.” 🙂

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      1. I know ! It’s the longest day, yet it has only really started to warm up properly here in Spain. It will be really hot from now until (sometimes) December. I reckon the seasons are wacky here 😀
        Have a lovely week Arlene 😀 ❤

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        1. The temperature can get over 100 F (about 38 C) in Sacramento during the summer months. Sometimes this happens for a day, but sometimes the 100 degree F or higher temperatures can last over a period of several days. The weather remains fairly warm here until about October, but lately the weather patterns have been out of sync here. I heard on the news that there is a possibility there might be more rain this coming fall and winter, but no one is sure if this will happen.

          Do you like hot weather? Most people I know do. I like hot weather for the most part, but I do not like driving in heavy traffic when it is hot.

          I hope you enjoy the rest of your week too, Ralph. 🙂 Thank you for liking my “Print Design” page.

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          1. On the European news I saw the drought and restrictions imposed on California, so in a way it must be nice to know that there is rain coming.

            I love hot weather. That’s why I came to Spain, but I never realised how cold winters are. Brrr ! It sounds like you don’t have a/c in your car.

            Have a lovely day my friend. 😀

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          2. Yes, I do hope we get enough rain this year. My poor plants are suffering in the summer heat because I cannot water them very much.

            The winters can get cold here in Sacramento too even if we are in a valley. The temperature can get a little below freezing during November, December, and January, especially if there is no rain. We also get valley fog during the winter.

            For many years, I drove in a car without air conditioning. I have another car now, but the air conditioning does not work very well. I am usually okay when I roll down the windows and the car is moving. It is when the temperature gets at or above 100F and the traffic is moving slowly that I start getting bothered by the heat.

            I hope you have a great day too, Ralph. Take care. 🙂

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