It is the longest day of the year TODAY! … and all over the country there is record heat forecasted .
The sun is closest to the earth today. It is the longest day at the Northpole, but the shortest at the south pole. National Geographic says that although it is the longest day with the sun closest to the earth, that it is not necessarily the hottest although this year it may be in the U.S.
“Earth’s oceans and atmosphere act like heat sinks, absorbing and reradiating the sun’s rays over time. Even though the planet is absorbing lots of sunlight on the summer solstice, it takes several weeks to release it. As a result, the hottest days of summer usually occur in July or August.”
The solstice has been acknowledged as a spiritual celebration for long back in our human history. We still wonder at the the many ancient civilizations who marked their lives and built their cities around the suns rotational patterns. How did they know? How many years did it take these first people to map the stars and count the days. Finding the sun so important. Gods.
Think of Stonehenge. Simple or not so simple stacking of giant stones.
Check out this party shot posted last night… Now there is a Solstice Party!
Celebrating the sun as it gives us life and helps plants to grow and do their Photosynthesis thing in the forests and the seas and they make oxygen so we can breath it and creates the food so we can eat it.
So enjoy this long day with some close friends and make the most of the extra light. I will be gardening here in california anbd my day has started with our cool coastal fog after a hot one yesterday.
Drink water… get a nice firm watermelon and don’t exert yourself unless it is doing something wonderful. Maybe some yoga? Have a friend with a pool? A pond? A river? If it ios hot and you’re in a city find a cool spot in the shade. Enjoy this day for a moment and think of the SUN and how we love It!
Here Comes The Sun King