Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Sticky Note

Check out my Artist of the Week post on the work of Emile Bernard,

scroll down or click here.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Aerialist Ninette Paloma performs in the Cosmic Splash inflatable float during the 2009 Santa Barbara Solstice Parade. (Kevin Steele photo / kevsteele.com/solstice)



The day of the Summer Solstice has come and gone and two days later, it is either raining or gray. I haven't felt terribly celebratory, either. Extra responsibilities don't agree with me occasionally and right now is such a spell. So I lived the solstice virtually and vicariously the other night by looking at these images. Experienced solstice via the internet. Some pagan, huh?.

They are spectacular images, though. Take a look and a listen.



They had so much fun on Solstice in Santa Barbara but their merriment didn't stretch far enough across the country to affect our wet and gray weather. It's been so many days since we've seen a decent face on the sun that today it actually made me drag myself around like a sack of rocks.



9 comments:

  1. I missed getting the blue body paint and wearing my ostrich boas this year but maybe next year :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I just returned from a long road trip on the motorcycle. There was a lot of rain, (and even snow in the mountains). I spent the solstice riding from central South Dakota to my home in Wisconsin, in the rain for the first 200 miles, then in a cloudy heavy overcast. It rained when I got home. I was going to have a campfire, but the wood I had stacked was saturated and it was so wet I didn't feel like going out in it.

    That said, I wondered why I don't feel the same enthusiasm, (or sadness), about the summer solstice that I have about the winter solstice?
    I mean, in winter, I am grateful that the periods of daylight will start getting longer. But in summer, I don't like to think about the fact that the daylight period is getting shorter.

    Oh well, it is what it is.

    Peace. Good to be back.

    ReplyDelete
  3. those are some pretty impressive pictures, on the link! Really beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Good point,Spado-man. It goes downhill from here in terms of days' length. But we come full-circle all the time...

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Pagan Sphinx!


    Wonderful photos from the solstice festivals! Solstice is a very special festival in Sweden too, since it is dark and gloomy here in the winters.

    However, most pagan Solstice rituals have been replaced by a non-pagan juvenile ritual of dancing around the maypole, which seem to embarrass even the tiniest children, not to mention the early teens. The adults seem to have most fun which dancing this silly dances.

    You have a very interesting blog, and I will visit again often. You focus on many topics that fascinate me.

    ReplyDelete
  6. It's been raining here forever, and I often feel like it's raining inside as well ;)

    so I know the feeling

    I enjoyed the photos, thanks

    ReplyDelete
  7. The 1st photo seems to be a frame from a Tim Burton movie! Fantastic!

    ReplyDelete
  8. sending you warm bright sunshine to part those clouds...hoping things are more summery now! I have missed you and hope you are having a good summer. xox

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to say you've been here.

I am sorry to say that I don't publish anonymous comments unless I know you through your initials, first name or blog name. I don't publish comments that have ANY kind of commercial or 'for sale' links.

You are Invited to Scroll Down! :-)

Please feel free to scroll down and look at the followers list, badges, photos and tons and tons of great links!

Search This Blog

In Memory of Bobbie

In Memory of Bobbie
Almost There

ARTLEX Art Dictionary

Kick Homophobia in The Butt: Add Your Name to the List of Supporters

Kick Homophobia in The Butt:  Add Your Name to the List of Supporters
click photo

Northampton Prop 8 Protest

Northampton Prop 8 Protest

It's Only Love

It's Only Love
See More Elopment Pictures here

Million Doors for Peace

Lines and Colors

Lines and Colors
A New Art Resource I Just Discovered!

Emily Dickinson - The Belle of Amherst

Emily Dickinson - The Belle of Amherst
"When the Amherst sphinx styled herself a pagan, she meant she didn’t believe in the biblical God. What sort of deity, if any, she did believe in is hard to pinpoint."
-- Gary Sloan, "Emily Dickinson: Pagan Sphinx,"

National Protest Against Prop 8

National Protest Against Prop 8

My Daughters

My Daughters

Code Pink

"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."
~Martin Luther King Jr.
Love and compassion is the Universal religion. That is my religion.
~ The Dalai Lama

Blog Archive

Fair Use

I believe that the images and writing posted here fall under the "fair use" section of the U.S. copyright law http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107, as they are intended for educational purposes and are not in a medium that is of commercial nature.

Labels

LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin