Midsummer sun

It’s Midsummer — or the summer solstice –

When we celebrate the longest day and shortest night.

The sun still shines strongly at 10.30 at night,

Painting the sky with wisps of light

And sending coloured clouds of happiness and peace our way.

For more summer (or winter) skies, please visit: Skywatch.

92 responses

  1. A lovely phenomena to witness:)

    June 21, 2012 at 12:49

  2. I dare you to post photos of the truth tomorrow?! Swedes huddled together sheltering from the sheets of rain! C’mon, we both know the truth :-)

    ~The Dippylomat esq.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:52

    • LOL! After a blazing hot morning, it’s already started raining. So rain won’t come as a surprise. In fact, I’d be surprised if we can pretend to be little frogs without getting wet!

      Enjoy your day.

      June 21, 2012 at 12:57

      • I just grin and bear it..lie back and think of England, Adrian, just think of England.

        June 21, 2012 at 13:21

  3. loving me some colored happiness and peace….going to be a really hot one here today…may topple into the 100s so getting my color in early…smiles.

    June 21, 2012 at 13:08

  4. cocomino

    I know the longest day but have never experienced it. I’m curious how I would feel. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photo

    June 21, 2012 at 13:16

    • Every country has a longest day, it is just that Sweden’s drags on for bloody ages – trust me, the only thing you miss is a good nights sleep!

      June 21, 2012 at 13:22

      • I love these long long white nights! (Makes a nice change from the long dark winter nights…)

        June 21, 2012 at 13:35

  5. A wonderful place, great pictures, I love those pinkish tones of the sunset.

    June 21, 2012 at 13:18

  6. Happy Mid-Winter!

    I can only assume that the people who were not looking at the sky must have had some form of “Commuter Madness”.

    Stewart M

    June 21, 2012 at 13:24

  7. Wonderful photo and fantastic place to relax!Have a nice weekend!

    June 21, 2012 at 13:24

    • Ha ha! Just in time for maypole dancing.

      June 21, 2012 at 13:38

  8. Just wonderful !

    June 21, 2012 at 13:52

  9. Bob

    We have been attacked by rain, it’s bad for midsummer, drat. It looks like you have a real midsummer and warm, I love your photos.

    June 21, 2012 at 14:13

  10. Yeah, I loved being in Stockholm last week, the long days really did help maximise my enjoyment of what is now my favourite city in Europe!

    June 21, 2012 at 14:18

  11. So beautiful :-)

    June 21, 2012 at 14:30

  12. Always a day I look forward to, and you have captured it so beautifully!

    June 21, 2012 at 14:38

  13. Happy Summer Solstice to you (belated now… ha)…. We never have the sun shining here at 10:30 at night… It gets dark here about 8:30 p.m. —but during the winter, it starts getting dark about 4:30 p.m.

    Fabulous photos… Love the colors.

    June 21, 2012 at 15:24

  14. beautiful

    June 21, 2012 at 15:31

  15. this is bliss…

    June 21, 2012 at 15:32

  16. Beautiful, with such a peacefulness about the scene. :)

    June 21, 2012 at 15:33

  17. Pat


    June 21, 2012 at 15:42

  18. Stunning colors, amazing view, you are very fortunate.

    The other night we had a unusually beautiful light like that, and I stood in the back yard and took photo after photo. I thought of you…and your beautiful shots.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    June 21, 2012 at 16:03

  19. I’m glad someone got an uninterrupted view of the sky – we’ve had so much cloud cover, I didn’t notice the longest day!

    June 21, 2012 at 16:05

  20. And we are so happy our shortest day is over with. Now the days can get longer again. :)

    June 21, 2012 at 16:13

  21. Certainly one would be grateful for the sun lingering long over such a beautiful, tranquil scene. Life definitely looks “peachy” there.

    June 21, 2012 at 16:32

  22. These long sunny evenings are the reward for those long dark days in winter. I remember living in the tropics and thinking it was kind of boring to have no change in the length of your days and nights. Twelve hours of each. Dark at six in the evening the whole year through,

    Beautiful pictures, as always. Mother nature makes the most fabulous art!

    June 21, 2012 at 16:45

  23. The sun still shines at 22:30 on summer solstice? I’d like to experience the midnight sun. In my part of the world, sun sets at about 19:30. The photos took my breath away as always. I feel the promise of tomorrow.


    June 21, 2012 at 16:59

  24. stunningly beautiful.

    June 21, 2012 at 17:15

  25. Gorgeous Summer Solstice skies and superb captures for the day! Glorious was to end a day — any day! Hope you have a wonderful and beautiful weekend!

    June 21, 2012 at 17:27

  26. ~~Magical.~~
    The longest day & the shortest night. I want that ALL the time, Lady Fi. Xxx

    June 21, 2012 at 17:49

  27. The color of the sky (and water) is absolutely beautiful. You’ve perfectly captured the magic of that evening.

    June 21, 2012 at 17:56

  28. Beautiful photos. I can’t believe it’s already the summer solstice…it seems like winter was not so long ago…

    June 21, 2012 at 18:42

  29. Darn!!! You’re right! It is the summer solstice…which means the days will start getting shorter!!! I love the long days and short nights!!!

    June 21, 2012 at 19:19

  30. Absolutely gorgeous!

    June 21, 2012 at 19:20

  31. ingerma

    So beautiful! I just love these long nordic summer nights, at least when they look like this :-)

    June 21, 2012 at 19:22

  32. Wonderful shots, love them!

    June 21, 2012 at 21:20

  33. imac

    Its a beauty, all we have is cloud and rain – on the longest day, summer now slowly turns to autumn then winter is upon us – yet again, so thank you for brightening up the Longest day for me.

    June 21, 2012 at 21:32

  34. Oh, to have sunlight until 10:30 pm … sigh

    June 21, 2012 at 21:40

  35. TexWisGirl

    just spectacular!! you have the prettiest views (and take the time to notice and share them, too!)

    June 21, 2012 at 22:05

  36. sandy

    I could look at that every day.

    June 21, 2012 at 22:34

  37. Lady Fi, beautiful and peaceful scenes and sky! Gorgeous images. Thanks for sharing, happy skywatching.

    June 21, 2012 at 22:58

  38. Wonderful midnight sun Fi …. And we are celebrating our shortest day.

    June 21, 2012 at 22:59

  39. Jim

    In a word, beautiful!

    June 22, 2012 at 00:06

  40. beautiful sunsets!

    June 22, 2012 at 00:40

  41. Great for you!
    After that day, the day will begin to get shorter though…

    June 22, 2012 at 00:44

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  43. Amazing photos! Just gorgeous!

    June 22, 2012 at 01:42

  44. Summer rocks!

    June 22, 2012 at 02:38

  45. Sometimes I think of your lake randomly during the day, and it always brings a smile and a feeling of peace and contentment. You are a world away from me, but somehow our spirits manage to cross the distance.

    June 22, 2012 at 03:06

  46. You are very good at capturing the most serene scenes. The colors are so soothing.

    June 22, 2012 at 03:14

  47. Your photos are an excellent tribute to the wonder and beauty of this special time.

    June 22, 2012 at 04:50

  48. beautiful! I hope someone danced! :)

    June 22, 2012 at 05:25

  49. June 22, 2012 at 06:36

    • Well, my comment didn’t show up! Those photos are so beautiful, I could think of no words, and just sighed. WordPress didn’t hear me, I guess.

      June 22, 2012 at 06:37

  50. Wow, spectacular! The sun shining at 10:30 pm is something I haven’t experienced. Sunset where I live is around 9:00 pm right now.

    June 22, 2012 at 06:53

  51. I love this time of year!

    June 22, 2012 at 06:57

  52. 10:30 night Sun is out? Over time :)

    June 22, 2012 at 06:57

  53. Enjoy your summer, here it goes up to 44-45 degrees centigrade! We want rains!

    June 22, 2012 at 07:51

  54. Amazing shots… We have had our Winter Solstice, of course and our longest, darkest night…

    June 22, 2012 at 08:50

  55. Beautiful and romantic. I am greeting

    June 22, 2012 at 10:10

  56. Fabulous sun and setting at serene! Wonderful to see the night sun :)

    I know the midnight sun is one remarkable sight at Norway.

    June 22, 2012 at 10:19

  57. Zuzana

    Oh, absolutely stunning… this makes me miss my old views so much…
    Happy Midsummer to you.;) Oh and I knew you had white nights in Sweden, just though they were even more pronounced while you were in Norway.;))

    June 22, 2012 at 10:40

  58. Stunning!

    June 22, 2012 at 13:32

  59. Magnificent shot on the night sun! Simple amazing

    June 22, 2012 at 15:03

  60. Summer slipped in on us without a warning…one day coolish, the next day sweltering… thanks Mother Nature!

    June 22, 2012 at 15:05

  61. Plenty of time to catch the sunsets….

    Our shortest day of the year, and still over 10 hours of daylight.

    June 22, 2012 at 15:18

  62. Absolutely gorgeous!

    June 22, 2012 at 15:43

  63. These are stunning shots. So tranquil and beautiful.

    June 22, 2012 at 15:56

  64. What a wonderful sight!

    June 22, 2012 at 16:39

  65. JM

    I think I would recognize the author of these shots if I saw them elsewhere. Beautiful!

    June 22, 2012 at 18:22

  66. Who could sleep with a sunset like that anyway.

    June 22, 2012 at 18:51

  67. Al

    I miss those long summer evenings from when I lived further north, they’re wonderful. But I love the 300 days of sun we get here. Great shot!

    June 22, 2012 at 19:13

  68. Strange we don’t celebrate that here. Beautiful image. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    June 22, 2012 at 19:36

  69. Very lovely to see…
    Thanks for dropping by :)

    June 22, 2012 at 19:46

  70. Lovely pictures!! Amazing!! Supersnygga motiv. Trevlig Midsommarhelg!

    June 22, 2012 at 21:41

  71. Love the photos Lady Fi, have a great weekend.

    June 22, 2012 at 23:04

  72. I’m not sure I’d appreciate that much sunlight, but it does give fantastic colors!

    June 23, 2012 at 01:49

  73. Simply gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

    Have a nice weekend****

    June 23, 2012 at 01:56

  74. Oh my this is just gorgeous, love it!! Thanks for the visit!

    Mary, MI

    June 23, 2012 at 02:55

  75. Gorgeous.

    June 23, 2012 at 04:22

  76. Passed mid-winter in Melbourne – we have started the upswing!

    June 23, 2012 at 07:37

  77. Beautiful — love the reflections on the water…

    June 23, 2012 at 14:12

  78. Beautiful midsummer sky and captured so well.Have a great weekend!


    June 23, 2012 at 15:26

  79. This picture is gorgeous!! Love to be sitting next to that tree.

    June 24, 2012 at 09:21

  80. Too beautiful!

    June 24, 2012 at 17:59

  81. truly magical!

    June 25, 2012 at 01:38

  82. Oh wow.. just gorgeous. I envy your long summer days but wouldn’t want the flip side.. winter.

    June 25, 2012 at 06:30

  83. GORGEOUS! peaceful and calm! Stunning photos! =) Same as here, the sun shines until 10:30 at night! a wonderful time it is! :) Further up in Norway, but still same county as Røros is situated, actually Trøndelag, in the north of the county the sun shines night as day in midsummer, minus 2 houres (uhuu- I’ve forgot exactly when..)

    June 26, 2012 at 00:43

  84. the light is so gorgeous and you are definitely taking full advantage of it. Lovely

    June 28, 2012 at 01:15

  85. why, that is a majestic scenery… ;)

    June 29, 2012 at 06:45

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