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:)

    Like

    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.

    Like

    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.

      Like

      June 21, 2012 at 12:57

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

        Like

        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.

    Like

    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

    Like

    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!

      Like

      June 21, 2012 at 13:22

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

        Like

        June 21, 2012 at 13:35

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

    Like

    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

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 13:24

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

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 13:24

    • Ha ha! Just in time for maypole dancing.

      Like

      June 21, 2012 at 13:38

  8. Just wonderful !

    Like

    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.

    Like

    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!

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 14:18

  11. So beautiful 🙂

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 14:30

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

    Like

    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.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 15:24

  14. beautiful

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 15:31

  15. this is bliss…

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 15:32

  16. Beautiful, with such a peacefulness about the scene. 🙂

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 15:33

  17. Pat

    Beautiful!

    Like

    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

    Like

    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!

    Like

    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. 🙂

    Like

    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.

    Like

    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!

    Like

    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.

    Yoko

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 16:59

  24. stunningly beautiful.

    Like

    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!

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 17:27

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

    Like

    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.

    Like

    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…

    Like

    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!!!

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 19:19

  30. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Like

    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 🙂

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 19:22

  32. Wonderful shots, love them!

    Like

    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.

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 21:32

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

    Like

    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!)

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 22:05

  36. sandy

    I could look at that every day.

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 22:34

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

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 22:58

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

    Like

    June 21, 2012 at 22:59

  39. Jim

    In a word, beautiful!

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 00:06

  40. beautiful sunsets!

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 00:40

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 00:44

  42. Pingback: 21 June 2012: Midsummer indoors « Gratitude every day

  43. Amazing photos! Just gorgeous!

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 01:42

  44. Summer rocks!

    Like

    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.

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 03:06

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 03:14

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 04:50

  48. beautiful! I hope someone danced! 🙂

    Like

    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.

      Like

      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.

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 06:53

  51. I love this time of year!

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 06:57

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 06:57

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 07:51

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 08:50

  55. Beautiful and romantic. I am greeting

    Like

    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.

    Like

    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.;))
    xoxo

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 10:40

  58. Stunning!

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 13:32

  59. Magnificent shot on the night sun! Simple amazing

    Like

    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!

    Like

    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.

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 15:18

  62. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 15:43

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 15:56

  64. What a wonderful sight!

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 16:39

  65. JM

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 18:22

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

    Like

    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!

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 19:13

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 19:36

  69. Very lovely to see…
    Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 19:46

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 21:41

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

    Like

    June 22, 2012 at 23:04

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

    Like

    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****

    Like

    June 23, 2012 at 01:56

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

    Mary, MI

    Like

    June 23, 2012 at 02:55

  75. Gorgeous.

    Like

    June 23, 2012 at 04:22

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

    Like

    June 23, 2012 at 07:37

  77. Beautiful — love the reflections on the water…

    Like

    June 23, 2012 at 14:12

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

    Shantana

    Like

    June 23, 2012 at 15:26

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

    Like

    June 24, 2012 at 09:21

  80. Too beautiful!

    Like

    June 24, 2012 at 17:59

  81. truly magical!

    Like

    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.

    Like

    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..)

    Like

    June 26, 2012 at 00:43

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

    Like

    June 28, 2012 at 01:15

  85. why, that is a majestic scenery… 😉

    Like

    June 29, 2012 at 06:45

Many thanks for your comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s