Midsummer roses

Midsummer is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden. It’s all about eating and dancing around the maypole. Usually in the rain.

One year, I’m going to photograph it all… But this year, we spent so long at the pool before lunch that we just didn’t have the energy to go down to the local celebrations.

We did celebrate the light, the warmth and the sun in our own way.

Life may not always be a dance on roses, but that doesn’t stop you from dancing in a shower of rose petals.

It’s all about your attitude.

You can complain that roses have thorns.

Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.

For more midsummer (or midwinter) beauty, please visit: Our World.

80 responses

  1. My most regal Lady Fi,

    Are you perchance on LinkedIn? I need to collect some fine Swedish minds to build up a little network of creative types.

    ~The Dippylomat esq.


    June 25, 2012 at 15:29

  2. Wow!! The first image, with the hands holding the rose – simply incredible!!

    June 25, 2012 at 15:38

  3. Jim

    Oh the joy! Absolutely wonderful, Fiona!

    June 25, 2012 at 15:38

  4. Don

    Wonderful expressions of freedom. Lovely perception of the rose and thorn thing.

    June 25, 2012 at 15:47

  5. Such a beautiful, joyful post for the day, Fiona! Lovely roses and joy is never expressed better than through that of a young person. I, too, love the perception of the rose and the thorn and how very, very true! Hope you and your family have a wonderful week!

    June 25, 2012 at 15:55

  6. Pat

    Dancing in a shower of rose petals seems to be a fine way to celebrate! Lovely shots.

    June 25, 2012 at 16:14

  7. Happy Summer Solstice!!!!!
    Looks like it was a fun day !

    June 25, 2012 at 16:20

  8. TexWisGirl

    that is awesome! i felt the joy come right thru the computer screen.:)

    June 25, 2012 at 16:30

  9. Lovely images all, I can see the happiness.

    June 25, 2012 at 16:52

  10. I love how the girl looks so carefree and happy!:)

    June 25, 2012 at 16:56

  11. Now I want to dance amongst the petals too. So wonderful!

    June 25, 2012 at 17:11

  12. The wonder of being alive!!

    June 25, 2012 at 17:14

  13. kpulsipher


    June 25, 2012 at 17:56

  14. Lovely expression of joy and warmth! She’s expresses a sweet gesture. Love it:)


    June 25, 2012 at 18:23

  15. I celebrated Midsomer in Malmo about 6 years ago!!! We were in Copenhagen for an International Rotary Conference, and we had a side trip to Malmo…we went to a lovely country club for a traditional Swedish dinner with Rotarians from all over the world…it was a lovely, fun evening!!! I loved sunset at about 11!!!

    June 25, 2012 at 18:27

  16. what a joyful post!

    June 25, 2012 at 19:20

  17. You obviously didn’t have rain this time – what lovely shots!

    June 25, 2012 at 19:45

  18. Al

    Great midsummer photos, full of joy and life.

    June 25, 2012 at 20:06

  19. This was a magical post. What fun seeing the joyful dancing with the rose petals.

    June 25, 2012 at 20:29

  20. Oh I have heard of this festival in Sweden.
    Is it the sane day people in Sweden have crayfish?

    June 25, 2012 at 20:35

    • The crayfish parties are held in August.

      June 26, 2012 at 06:30

  21. Lovely images capturing the magic of the season. :)

    June 25, 2012 at 20:53

  22. UP-lifting!

    Have a GREAT Week

    Aloha from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral

    June 25, 2012 at 21:11

  23. Bob

    Priceless, beautiful photos.

    June 25, 2012 at 21:32

  24. sandy

    Looks like a nice celebration to me!

    June 25, 2012 at 22:30

  25. seriously…that first picture is absolutely amazing….love the framing..the color…great capture! and a festival sounds fun…smiles.

    June 25, 2012 at 23:27

  26. Now that is a great way to celebrate summer!:)

    June 26, 2012 at 00:18

  27. Beautiful! There can never be too many rose petals!

    June 26, 2012 at 00:21

  28. Lovely flowers and photos! A happy cheerful girl and so much movements in your two last photos!:) I think Sweden is more clever to celebrate the midsummer than in my country..:)

    By the way, have a good summer, I’m laying behind on blog visits..:)

    June 26, 2012 at 00:35

  29. Yes Fi … those sharp raggedy thorns have the most treasured fragrant roses …. Beautiful captures!

    June 26, 2012 at 00:53

  30. ds

    Gorgeous shots! May she always be so happy.

    June 26, 2012 at 01:12

  31. Roses and swimming is summer for sure!

    June 26, 2012 at 02:56

  32. Marvelous post LadyFi and your photos are just gorgeous, a real pleasure to see. Thank you so much!

    June 26, 2012 at 03:08

  33. I really like what you said about the thorns having roses — what a great attitude. The pictures of your daughter dancing with the rose petals show pure exuberance. They’re wonderful.

    June 26, 2012 at 03:52

  34. The hands photo is wonderful, but the joy in that young girl is remarkable! Your photos take my breathe away!

    June 26, 2012 at 04:08

  35. Such joy expressed here. Delightful!

    June 26, 2012 at 04:11

  36. Pure delight!

    June 26, 2012 at 04:18

  37. Incredible roses, LadyFi!

    June 26, 2012 at 06:05

  38. Helt underbara och livsbejakande bilder!!!

    June 26, 2012 at 06:39

  39. Indeed!
    Lovely captures!

    June 26, 2012 at 06:41

  40. indrani

    A picture of joy. I remember my daughter doing that with snow.

    June 26, 2012 at 07:36

  41. Lovely picture! Very happy. Härlig komposition.

    June 26, 2012 at 08:18

  42. Härliga bilder av frihet och lycka. Det där med taggarna var suveränt!

    June 26, 2012 at 08:50

  43. Beautiful photographic story. I am greeting

    June 26, 2012 at 10:04

  44. Zuzana

    Beautiful post with such deep sentiments, indeed in life we get bot thorns and delicate fragrant bloom, it all depends on which we choose to focus on.;) Lovely images of the best part of the year for all of us here in the cold North.;))

    June 26, 2012 at 10:17

  45. Your daughter looks happy Fi. I liked your quote about the rose and its thorns – Dave

    June 26, 2012 at 10:26

  46. Beautiful photos. Joy and happiness.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:31

  47. How absolutely beautiful! I’d love to see your Midsummer pictures one fine day …

    June 26, 2012 at 11:33

  48. cocomino

    I agree with you. It’s important to think us happy and bright every day.

    June 26, 2012 at 13:10

  49. I think a rose without thorns is a lesser plant! The whole point of a rose is that it has flowers and thorns. But it’s still a beautiful flower. It’s a wee bit like life really!


    June 26, 2012 at 13:16

  50. I love “thorns have roses” I might even become a thorn fan. Love the exuberance of your photo!

    June 26, 2012 at 13:27

  51. Simply gorgeous.

    June 26, 2012 at 14:01

  52. It’s always a matter of perspective. And your photographic perspective is always beautiful. Of course, you have a lovely subject.:)

    June 26, 2012 at 14:16

  53. Great celebration!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    June 26, 2012 at 14:19

  54. I love that first shot!Have a great day!


    June 26, 2012 at 14:51

  55. Roses epitomise the Summer as do your beautiful pictures of dancing with the rose petals.

    June 26, 2012 at 16:25

  56. All photos are so delightful!! How gently the rose is being held in her hands!!
    Your daughter is celebrating the light, the warmth and the sun and conveying her joy to me very well. I also feel very happy with you and her.
    Roses and thorns are very interesting. I love roses as they are.
    Have a great week!

    June 26, 2012 at 16:35

  57. Lovely photos! The picture showcases the obvious joy. She’s cute:)

    June 26, 2012 at 16:53

  58. Ahhh, the last photo thrills me. Xx Thank you, Lady Fi.

    June 26, 2012 at 17:08

  59. As always, I love your view of life and I really do want to see a maypole someday!

    June 26, 2012 at 20:32

  60. imac

    Great fun and happiness – just what the doc ordered.lol.

    June 26, 2012 at 22:49

  61. “Rejoice that thorns have roses.” I love it!

    June 27, 2012 at 00:25

  62. Gorgeous, love your photos!

    June 27, 2012 at 01:17

  63. so very lovely~

    June 27, 2012 at 01:43

  64. Love!

    June 27, 2012 at 04:01

  65. Beautiful pictures,

    June 27, 2012 at 06:26

  66. lindyloumacinitaly

    Lovely, we spent midsummer in Sweden once many years ago and I just loved the long hours of daylight.

    June 27, 2012 at 14:28

  67. JM

    There is so much joy in this post! Wonderful.

    June 27, 2012 at 17:57

  68. You’ve captured the special summer joy of youth. I think I’ll try flinging some rose petals!

    June 27, 2012 at 20:20

  69. What a beautiful post!

    June 27, 2012 at 20:43

  70. Wonderful shots and what a great model!! Pretty soft colors. To be young and covered in rose petals!

    June 27, 2012 at 23:15


    June 27, 2012 at 23:31

  72. Such joyful pictures! And such perfect words. Happy mid-summer.

    June 28, 2012 at 01:13

  73. beautiful photos esp first one


    June 28, 2012 at 02:39

  74. Thanks for writing. Very nicely written.

    June 28, 2012 at 05:51

  75. onceupona

    Or you can remember that without thorns, there would be no rose. Lovely pics! -Danette

    June 28, 2012 at 06:45

  76. A beautiful celebration! Greetings from Cottage Country!

    July 1, 2012 at 03:49

  77. Pure Happiness!!

    July 11, 2012 at 16:51

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