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;


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

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87 thoughts on “Midsummer beauty

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


    1. 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: > >


  2. 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.


    1. 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: > >


  3. 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!


  4. 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 🙂


  5. 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?


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


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


  8. 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


  9. 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*


  10. 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!


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


  13. 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.


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