Let the Sunshine In: Summer Solstice 2017

Happy first day of Summer!

The summer solstice means that today is the longest day of the year, and it’s all downhill from here as the days begin to shorten.

🙂 But let’s try to focus on the positive, like the precious few months of bountiful summer beauty and joy that we have ahead of us!

I was so delighted to see this trio of poppies this morning, ushering in the new season with their lovely little faces.

It has long been a passion of mine to document the changing seasons, and at times it feels like an impossible feat. There’s a million tiny moments that happen each day as we transition from one season to the next, but often the switch appears to happen overnight.

Here’s a short compilation of some of my favorite “overnight” moments from the past couple of weeks.


And now that’s it’s officially summer, here’s some fun facts to celebrate the occasion.

Summer Solstice Fun Facts

  • Solstice is a Latin word that loosely translates to “sun stands still
  • The solstice happens at one exact moment, and it already passed today at 12:24 am EST
  • The seasons happen because of astronomical events: solstices and equinoxes, causing different meteorological events based on geography
  • The earth is farthest from the sun today, but the northern hemisphere is tilted closer to it than on any other day
  • Be sure to check out the relevant (and super cute) Google Doodle today
  • Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a shoutout to the summer solstice
  • Here’s how pagans celebrate the summer solstice
  • Check out the scene at Stonehenge this morning
  • Yogis celebrate the sun by saluting it 108 times
  • People who live near the Arctic Circle will have nearly 24 hours of daylight today
  • The next solstice, the winter solstice, will take place on Thursday December 21st
  • In the southern hemisphere, the solstices are opposite of ours; today is the first day of winter for Australia!

So grab your flower crowns, flow a hundred or so sun salutations, create a massive bonfire, and revel in the abundant daylight today.

Happy Summer!




Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.

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