Midsummer beauty

Midsummer is that most Swedish of Swedish traditions:

A wonderful time spent in red cottages with outdoor loos;

Red house

Where you can take shots of yourself

Next to iconic old red buildings;

Self-portrait

And where you dance around the midsummer pole

Wearing flowers and a silly smile.

Midsummer pole copy

This year was a bit of a wash-out for us –

But the rain did create a canvas of abstract beauty.

Abstract rain

For more summery shots, please visit: Our World.

87 responses

  1. cool…i want to stay in a red cottage somewhere….smiles..
    pretty cool midsummers pole too….we have had evening thundershowers…

    June 23, 2014 at 15:33

  2. Wonderful photography and great words for summertime… xox

    June 23, 2014 at 15:42

  3. daryledelstein

    the first photo looks like a painting .. beautiful .. sorry about the rain …. but it did make for a nice photo

    June 23, 2014 at 15:47

  4. I absolutely loved your own capture. Very artistic.

    June 23, 2014 at 15:51

  5. A beautiful scenery, and the selfie, love it.

    June 23, 2014 at 15:56

  6. love these image Lady Fi, especially the frosty image in the mirror.

    June 23, 2014 at 15:58

    • Oh, that’s not frost, but broken mirror and gravel on the ground… It was actually fairly warm when I took the shot.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      June 23, 2014 at 17:09

  7. Sorry it rained on your parade … to use a cliché. It does this quite frequently in my part of the world but as you say there is always something wonderful to discover in the gray such as bright red splashes of color and lovely patterns formed by the drops.

    June 23, 2014 at 16:37

  8. Lovely photos, and interesting traditions!

    June 23, 2014 at 17:07

  9. I have always wondered why they call it ‘midsummer’ when it is the *first* day of summer? Perhaps because it is the mid-point of the warmer months?

    June 23, 2014 at 17:16

    • Hi – it’s not actually the ‘first’ day of summer over here. Midsummer celebrations always occur near the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. After that, the days get shorter and the days get longer, so I think this is why it’s the mid-point.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      June 23, 2014 at 17:20

  10. Beautiful photos, I love these beautiful frames! I would be tempted by those colors!

    June 23, 2014 at 17:18

  11. I love the first image!!! All those paintbrushes in the window make me curious!!

    June 23, 2014 at 17:21

  12. Pat

    Love the red buildings.
    That’s a great selfie.

    June 23, 2014 at 17:24

  13. Beautiful colourful shots….so very Swedish :-)

    June 23, 2014 at 17:32

  14. sorry about the rains, but that’s part of nature’s gift, too, i suppose. :)

    June 23, 2014 at 17:39

    • It certainly is!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      June 23, 2014 at 21:10

  15. God sommer, Lady Fi! I’m sorry it was a such a wet happening this year. I like the way TexWisGirl reflects on it… :-)

    June 23, 2014 at 17:44

  16. Beautiful, colorful captures as always, Fiona, in spite of the rain!! Love that red house!! Hope your week is off to a great start!!

    June 23, 2014 at 17:59

  17. It sounds like Swedes know how to celebrate summer right! Love your auto-portrait next to the cottage! :)

    June 23, 2014 at 19:17

  18. Joy

    Very nice pictures. Here in Norway too!

    June 23, 2014 at 20:12

  19. Sounds like great traditions. Beautiful shots including the raining one.

    June 23, 2014 at 20:34

  20. These are wonderful, especially the first one.
    It looks like a beautiful painting.
    Happy day to you!

    June 23, 2014 at 20:37

  21. The greens on the leaves in that first photo are electrifyingly beautiful. How I would love to visit Sweden at midsummer — and you! Maybe someday.

    June 23, 2014 at 20:43

  22. A really cool collection of shots. Love the reds and that dramatic sky.

    June 23, 2014 at 21:02

  23. Wonderful, it looks like a great summer.

    June 23, 2014 at 21:11

  24. I love getting a glimpse of you taking the photos. Very neat! Enjoy your week…hope you have some sunny days! Hugs, Diane

    June 23, 2014 at 21:23

  25. Härliga bilder! Du är en riktigt bra fotograf!

    June 23, 2014 at 21:31

  26. So typical Swedish.

    June 23, 2014 at 21:40

  27. Happy belated Midsommar!

    June 23, 2014 at 22:23

  28. Lovely scenes and photos.. I do hope the rain has stopped.. Enjoy your week!

    June 23, 2014 at 23:24

  29. Your mirror photo is so innovative! We have had a lot of rain so far this spring and summer but in a way I am happy about it as this area has had much drought the past few years. I hope we both get more sunshine and pretty summer days soon!

    June 23, 2014 at 23:26

  30. All very creative photos ~ Wonderfully done for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^

    June 23, 2014 at 23:46

  31. Hi! Beautiful photos! I like the third one very much. Thanks for sharing.

    June 24, 2014 at 00:35

  32. Sorry about the rain, but it sure did make for a pretty shot.

    June 24, 2014 at 00:44

  33. It looks like a dream land…the selfie!!!!…:)JP

    June 24, 2014 at 01:23

  34. Ahhh,
    I love that little red cottage!! xx kiss for Oscar.

    June 24, 2014 at 01:38

  35. Al

    What a beautiful area – I love that red building.

    June 24, 2014 at 02:29

  36. So happy to dance through your lovely photos!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= <3

    June 24, 2014 at 03:16

  37. I love the way you walked us through the scenes.

    June 24, 2014 at 06:28

  38. Love the contrast between green and red in the first pic.Monsoon is still far and It has been pretty hot here, send some rain here :)

    June 24, 2014 at 08:21

  39. Wonderful images which remind me of many lovely summers spent in Sweden…in a red wooden house next to a lake ( with an indoor loo!) A friend told me that it was one of the coldest midsummers ever?

    June 24, 2014 at 09:04

  40. Wonderful pictures. I love midsummer since I read my first book of Astrid Lindgren, and always dreamt of Scandinavian summer houses!

    June 24, 2014 at 09:07

  41. Don

    The green against the red is magnificent. The colours vibrate. Wonderful!

    June 24, 2014 at 09:20

  42. j’aime ce premier cliché avec ce qu’il y a à la fenêtre

    June 24, 2014 at 09:20

  43. Beautiful … interesting selfie too.

    June 24, 2014 at 09:32

  44. Clearly Sweden is The Place To Be at midsummer!

    June 24, 2014 at 10:18

  45. Pretty area of the world!! Love the raindrops…and I’ve not heard of the mid summer pole before today. Interesting culture.

    June 24, 2014 at 12:45

  46. Great shots of the place. I like the red cottages.

    June 24, 2014 at 13:21

  47. Anonymous

    I love red barns! :-)

    June 24, 2014 at 13:37

  48. Lovely!

    June 24, 2014 at 14:06

  49. Your world is so beautiful!
    We just have rain :), and I need to find something beautiful to shoot soon or else I’ll wither!

    June 24, 2014 at 14:27

    • I know how you feel!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      June 24, 2014 at 14:52

  50. Love the colour contrast of the red building and the rich green leaves.

    June 24, 2014 at 14:44

  51. This does indeed look like a very cool place….

    Mollyxxx

    June 24, 2014 at 14:48

  52. mir

    beautiful midsummer! those houses are so special…

    June 24, 2014 at 15:22

  53. Super shots!

    June 24, 2014 at 15:23

  54. Fun view of the maypole against the sky. Lots of celebrating in the many Swedish and Norwegian communities in Minnesota this weekend, too.

    June 24, 2014 at 15:37

  55. Lovely words, super details and thoughts … Hope you have a summer filled with lots of precious moments, sunny days (from now on), lots of joys and good energy for holiday! Toate cele bune! All the best! Alexa T

    June 24, 2014 at 15:41

  56. miyahde

    Oh, sweet cottage with red color; I wish I could visit the place lie that. So sorry for the rain, in our place having a usual rainy season. Your photos are BEAUTIFUL♡♡♡ Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    June 24, 2014 at 16:12

  57. Happy festival season ladyfi! Great photos from the midsummer and I liked the pretty red cottages

    June 24, 2014 at 16:23

  58. Nice to see you Fiona :) Love your ‘lunar’ water-scape!

    June 24, 2014 at 16:43

  59. Even though rain can be a bit of a pain, it does make for some wonderful shots! I love the midsummer pole!! xx

    June 24, 2014 at 19:38

  60. Marvelous impressions of your Midsommar time. Great !
    Best regards, Synnöve

    June 24, 2014 at 20:55

  61. It sounds like a lovely summer to me :)

    June 24, 2014 at 21:18

  62. Oh my, those photos are absolutely stunning! The summer may have been a wash out to you, but it sure brought colour and warmth into my space this morning. Thanks for all the work you do on this meme!

    June 24, 2014 at 23:16

  63. I absolutely love the physical feel and the bold color of the cottage photo…It is really amazing.

    June 25, 2014 at 00:40

  64. HOMESICK NOW!

    June 25, 2014 at 04:19

  65. I sure could use some relaxing in a red cottage someplace…looks like a special place even in the rain:)

    June 25, 2014 at 04:20

  66. so you get rain in summer too. Just like our weather here, the joke is w can get 4 seasons in one day.

    June 25, 2014 at 04:52

  67. Very creative with the self shot LadyFi. Rain has been plentiful here as well.

    June 25, 2014 at 07:15

  68. very different and beautiful :)

    June 25, 2014 at 12:56

  69. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

    June 25, 2014 at 15:28

  70. That red and green snapped me to attention. Love the mix. I have coneflowers in crewcuts.

    June 25, 2014 at 16:45

  71. What a nice collection of photos. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! :)

    June 25, 2014 at 16:58

  72. Wonderful set of pictures – must be great to have such long days – although the long nights may be a kind of revenge.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    June 25, 2014 at 19:45

  73. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and
    wished to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

    In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

    June 25, 2014 at 20:01

  74. jensbrowndog

    Summer rains have beauty in themselves, love the puddle and your image, creative and wonderful. Summertime looks good in your hood :)

    June 25, 2014 at 23:55

  75. Such lovely photos. I’m so happy to visit. I love your reflection. This is much fun!

    June 26, 2014 at 01:03

  76. Looks idyllic, Fi – even with the rain. I like how you positioned the mirrored shot.

    June 26, 2014 at 01:55

  77. Rahul

    Rains always add to the beauty of summer:)

    June 26, 2014 at 05:32

  78. LOVE the old red buildings.. and a treat to see you included in one of your photos.
    Happy Midsummer, Lady Fi!

    June 26, 2014 at 06:21

  79. Such a great serie of photos!
    Thanks for stopping by … Frauke

    June 26, 2014 at 12:57

  80. lol, yeah, that´s midsummer for sure. :)

    June 27, 2014 at 12:40

  81. Wonderful midsummer shots, so beautiful! Happy Midsummer to you!

    June 27, 2014 at 14:59

  82. I really liked this post! Thanks do much for sharing midsummer in your part of the world!

    June 27, 2014 at 15:44

  83. Hudson Howl

    Can a summer festival ever be washed out? Rain must fall, without it no green and no rain drop canvases.

    The red the hand hewn logs -honey icing if there is such thing.

    June 27, 2014 at 20:16

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