Wednesday, June 20, 2012
IN WHICH BEAR OBSERVES THE SOLSTICE
The solstice happened a few hours ago. Just after 5:00 p.m. local time. Here is the sun at about 10:00 p.m. — heading to bed.
But it was much brighter at three o'clock this morning, when I checked it. I would have taken a picture then, but I didn't want to wake J. (You drop a single tiny pin on a high pile carpet, or click a camera in another room, and J is instantly wide awake — not a good thing, for her, as she won't get back to sleep.)
J has been busy writing haiku and drawing pictures related to the solstice. And thoroughly enjoying the day. (Actually, we conspired on the haiku.)
We also spent time looking at solstice information on the computer. J focused particularly on the Egyptian Goddess Isis (pr: ee-sat). Her tears for her dead husband caused the Nile River to overflow its banks and nourish the earth annually around the time of the solstice. (Until, of course, the Aswan High Dam was put in place to generate electricity; that completely changing the natural ebb and flow of the river. But it allowed for agricultural irrigation, which some people say was not as good as the annual flooding, which brought water-borne nutrients to the land.)
How did you celebrate solstice at your spot in the world?
Posted by Rob-bear at 10:57 PM