While it has been plenty hot, the first day of summer is officially here!
Today is the day of light - 15 hours of daylight (here in Ohio) to be exact, this is why people often embellish and call it the longest day of the year (still 24hrs in a day though).
How does this work? Earth's axis is inclined towards the sun directly above the Tropic of Cancer - simply, us Northern Hemispher-ers are tilted as fully as we'll get to the sun.
We will also experience an extended period of twilight this evening - moody sunset photographers I'm looking at you to work your magic!
Everyone knows Stonehenge is aligned with the solstice sunrise, but did you know here in Ohio, the Great Serpent Mound is as well? It's true! The head of the serpent aligns with the solstice's sunset.
This is also a time for festivals and celebrations as the life giving light is at its fullest, why not say thanks to the sun!
For those inclined, you can go further with the spiritual side of the day with a simple ritual or reading. I really enjoy The Seasonal Soul for such things - link HERE. If that's not your thing, no worries, nature will keep doing what nature will do.
Today let us thank the sun, embrace its life giving qualities, and start learning about our summer wildflowers - beginning with one I feel most mimics the sun with its bright yellow center and tiny rays radiating outward... The humble Fleabane
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her husband and cat in Wooster where she is also a family portrait and nature photographer as well as grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.