Not exactly a popular holiday greeting. You don’t really hear people wishing each other a Happy Summer Solstice when shopping. It’s not a Hallmark-card opportunity, although I’m sure they already have cards for the occasion. There isn’t any mad, frenzied rush to buy gifts or decorate the house.
Unless you are into Druid, Celtic or Pagan celebrations, the solstices usually come and go completely unnoticed by most folks. At least it does here in my part of the world.
As I was sitting motionless, waiting
impatiently to catch an inspiring good decent relatively-okay in-focus shot of my hummers, I got bored and my camera wandered over to the hostas. As everyone knows, auto-focus has a mind of its own. Most of the time when you switch from manual to auto, you never know what the camera thinks is worthy of bringing into focus. So, sometimes it’s a surprise.
This was one of those surprises. I recorded the first whorls of hosta leaves when the ground warmed. When I looked at this shot, I thought of those first, new leaves and thought how nice it was to see summer. The earth comes alive after winter with bursts of color, and we are so relieved to see those first blooms…as if winter might not ever end. But summer? By the time she gets here, we are taking for granted the flower buds and new growth. After all, we’ve seen that show once already this year.
Summer is Spring all grown up. Nature continues to sustain her beauty through these warm months, even when we choose to hide inside with the air conditioning. The hosta leaf unfurls on the flower stem, announcing Mom Nature’s next act.
Astronomically speaking, the summer solstice is when the earth tilts on its axis so the Northern Hemisphere is closer to the sun. The sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer and there are 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle. Technically, it began at 1:16pm today.
Whether you celebrate today’s solstice as the beginning or middle of summer…or not at all, this hosta leaf reminds me that summer still has a few more surprises for us.