So today marks the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere–it’s the longest day of the year (more or less), and the first day of summer. The only reason why it’s more or less the longest day is that some people may have had a slightly longer night last night, or they might have it tomorrow night. The summer solstice falls between June 20 & June 22 every year.
So what better way of celebrating the solstice than with a flashback Friday photograph to Stonehenge. I was thrilled when I managed to book a reservation to go out to Stonehenge on my brief trip to the United Kingdom a couple of years ago. I still want to get back and go to Greenwich and tour a little more around London.
Stonehenge is one of the places that pops into the minds of people (at least for me) when thinking about the summer solstice. I’ve always been in awe with the both the construction and layout of the stones. People were able to get huge stones moved inland, put them upright, and then able to put stones on top of those–and most are still upright a few thousand years later.
So now we’re going to have ten plus hours of sunlight for a few months (the days are going to start getting shorter), and that means hopefully more time outdoors (at least on the weekends). I love summer time (mainly because of the longer days, but I don’t like the humidity that goes with southern weather. One thing I’ve learned–the older I get the less I’m able to quickly adapt to high heat indexes. So where ever I move it will either need to be towards a cooler climate in the summer (which means really cold in the winter, and dark earlier), or just make sure that I have enough window fans to keep an apartment cool.
While I’ve had plans for doing some gardening this spring, those plans never came to be–so I’m going to have to make due with weeding out the other gardens and maybe plan for some fall plantings for early spring flowers.
On another note, I think that if I’m able to swing more than one large trip (a networking and then a vacation) soon it will be to Scotland for a few days, take a train down to London, then after a few days take a train to Paris (and maybe down to Madrid) and then fly home.
So today’s photograph winners are from two previous trips I’ve taken (one with family) and one on my own. Both are reminders that, we should be taking time off to explore new places and/or just be outdoors. There was no mini-vacation last month, but I’m thinking that I should start trying to narrow down ideas of places I’d like to go and explore.
Last year was my first time going to Carlsbad Caverns, and exploring the large cavern. I took massive amounts of pictures, but still feel like there were other angles to explore in terms of photography.
I’d also like to go back and go on a guided tour into the other caverns that are behind (or below) the main cavern. I’d also like to hike one or two of the trails, but making sure that I avoid the rattlers at all costs (I now know that a rattlesnake rattling it’s tail sound like a bunch of angry cicadas).
There are several other national parks that I’d like to go and visit, so I will have to figure out who to go with (hiking in theory really shouldn’t be done alone).
The second throwback photograph goes to Stonehenge. I hadn’t realized that it has been it has been over a year and a half since I went to England for a combination networking/mental health break. One of the sites that I wanted to see was Stonehenge.
While it doesn’t look like much (as you can’t get that close to the rocks), you can’t help but be impressed at how people managed to 1) move these large rocks to basically the middle of nowhere, and then 2) stand them up, and even get larger ones on top of those.
I’m wanting to do another international trip, and am debating between which continent/countries to visit. It is one of the things I’ve put on my 1001 day goal–visit at least 3 new countries (so maybe there is a way for me to make it a multi-country trip), and I’m hoping to do at least 1 new country during my reboot break.
So today is the summer solstice—or for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere—the “first” day of summer. Though since I’m no longer in school and I don’t have any kids, other than knowing it’s the longest day of the year it just felt like any other day.
So what is the summer solstice? It’s the day of the year when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer (for those of us in the central time zone—it was roughly 5:07 this morning [I personally slept through it]). The reason why the first day of summer varies year to year, is because as the world continues it’s orbit around the sun, it will vary a little, which is why the first day of summer is between the 20th & 22nd of June [same reason why the winter solstice varies between the 21st and the 23rd of December].
One thing that I wish is that I’d thought of taking time off around the solstice and going back to Stonehenge—it looks like it’s the only day (though they may allow people close to the stones for the winter solstice) that you can get up close to the monument. I think that it would have been extremely magical to be standing closer to the monument at the time that the sun rose—when I went last year it was in the fall and later in the day.
As time continues to tick by, I need to focus on determining what I’m passionate about (or at least enjoy doing on a day to day basis) when it comes to science and research. There are areas that I know I’m weak in that I need to start strengthening–but there are certain things in all areas that I need to start strengthening. So the first order of business for the first few days of summer is to determine (make a list) of the high priorities and then determine the plan to get there.
Well since I haven’t managed to get a picture of the full moon yet, decided that today’s photo could be a flashback moment. I decided to pick one of the many photos I took at Stonehenge back in October.
I love the mystery of how these huge rocks managed to get to the middle of a field in England, and how they managed to get them 1) standing upright, and then 2) how they managed to get the others on top of those. I wonder how many people were complaining of sore backs??? Even though you couldn’t get very close to the rocks, I didn’t mind the fact that you could only walk in a circle (wasn’t that how they were put up originally?), also each direction gave a view of the historic site. I’m also extremely glad that it wasn’t raining when we went.