Once again it’s that turning point in the northern year when the days start getting shorter but, paradoxically, the weather starts getting warmer. I still haven’t figured that one out. Actually, I don’t mind the days getting a little shorter because I find it somewhat disconcerting to still have it light at 10:30 PM, especially when the morning birds start singing about the time I go to sleep and my cat tries to wake me up at 4:30 AM.
Seattle engages in a summer solstice ritual called the Fremont solstice parade, sort of a delayed Mardi Gras celebration with colorful displays and costumes. The main attraction is the multitude of nude bicycle riders who paint their bodies and ride through the city in the parade. It’s all very friendly and informal, a great way to spend a sunny Saturday.
So happy solstice to all! Here’s hoping you can keep cool if it’s hot, keep safe if there are forest fires, tornadoes, or other summer-type disasters in your part of the world, and enjoy your winter solstice if you’re in the other half of the globe.
[Photos adapted from the Seattle newspaper that still has free online access. If you're interested, you can see all of their solstice celebration photos here.]