Evening Light & Tagore On This Solistice Eve

Blue skies at 8:45 Solistice Eve!

Blue skies at 8:45 Solstice Eve!

Today, here in the Pacific Northwest, the sun rose at 5:11 a.m. and set, as it will for the remainder of the month, at 9:11 p.m. (website for sunrise sunset times). Tomorrow, Sunday June 21, the sun rises at 5:12, a few hours before the Summer Solstice occurs at 9:39 a.m. .

Most NW woods native plants are through blooming by mid-June, but Ocean Spray is in it's glory, cascading it's creamy white bloom clusters over the surrounding green.

Most NW woods native plants are through blooming by mid-June, but Ocean Spray, in its glory, cascades it’s creamy blooms over the surrounding green.

Walking around this evening, looking at the pale blue sky above the tall fir and maple trees, the few puffy white clouds slightly tinted with sun glow, I wondered what I could photograph that represented, and celebrated, this time of light. It dawned on me any photograph taken would represent the solisitce…..it was 8:45 p.m. yet I could still take bright photos, no flash required! I share my ‘solistice pictures’, taken between 8:45 and 9:00 p.m. this evening.

Poppies often don't bloom until early July in our garden, but with this unusually sunny June they arrived in time for the solstice!

Poppies often don’t bloom until early July in our garden, but this unusual sunny June they arrived in time for the solstice!

With these photos, I also share a selection from my well-worn, and beloved, copy of Gitanjali, A Collection of Indian Songs, by Rabindranth Tagore.

Tagore from the Novel Prize web site page about him. There are several pages, including a very interesting article.

Tagore from the Nobel Prize web site page about him. There are several pages, including a very interesting article.

Gitanjali (song offerings) won Tagore the 1913 Novel Prize in Literature “because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West”.

Song #57.

Light, my light, the world-filling light, the eye-kissing light, heart-sweetening light!

Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the centre of my life; the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love; the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth.

The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of light. Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light.

The light is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling, and it scatters gems in profusion.

Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling, and gladness without measure. The heaven’s river has drowned its banks and the flood of joy is abroad.

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Clematis, a vivdly colorful vine that loves summer so much it blooms for most the season!

Pink old fashion roses, hudnreds of them, cover our garden gate arbor.

Hundreds of old fashion pink roses cover our garden gate arbor

Happy Summer Solstice all!

Mike spend this summer solistice eve day preparing for the winter solistice!

Mike spent this summer solstice eve day preparing for the winter solstice!

Mountains and pronghorns and bears, oh my!

many wildflowers everywhere we traveled, and of course lots of sage brush!

many wildflowers everywhere we traveled, and of course lots of sage brush!

Less words and more photos…I dumped my attempt at journeling our trip to the Tetons and created a page, a picture album, of our visit to the Tetons: The Tetons.

Perhaps it will bring back memories to those who have been, for those who haven’t, maybe it will inspire you to go to these majestic, unique mountains, surrounded by sagebrush lands, home to diverse and beautiful wildlife.

Hope you enjoy the photos. There are a few links to side trips, “road side attractions”, places we found interesting, restful or whimsical.


A sampler of photos, click here to see more of the Tetons, and a few ‘roadside attractions’ along the way.: The Tetons