Midsummer

Swedish midsummer is all about dancing around the maypole to live music.

This year, we arrived at the local farm a little too late —

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We could hear music in the distance;

But when we arrived at the maypole —

Slender against the cloudy sky —

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The musicians were already putting away

Their instruments for the day.

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We stopped to admire each ring of the maypole

Bedecked in flowers (woven there by hand).

The day did not go as planned,

But it’s how you roll with life that counts.

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59 responses

  1. There is something magic about your words and pictures. It always touches me and awakens a longing to move back to Sweden!

    Sorry to hear the day did not go as planned! Glad misommar!

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    June 26, 2017 at 15:29

  2. Such a beautiful Maypole – even if you missed the ceremony, you captured the spirit. I like your philosophical musing at the end!

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    June 26, 2017 at 16:29

  3. The traditional clothing is interesting to see.

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    June 26, 2017 at 17:15

  4. What a shame, you missed a day out. Lovely pictures though.

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    June 26, 2017 at 17:57

  5. Marvelous photos and impressions of the Midsummer party in your country.
    Best, Synnöve

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    June 26, 2017 at 18:00

  6. Too bad you missed the celebration and dancing.

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    June 26, 2017 at 18:22

  7. How neat!!!! Glad you got there –even if it was late…. Great set of pictures though…. SO–your “Maypole” is really a “Junepole” in Sweden… Right??????? Love it.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    June 26, 2017 at 18:30

  8. Sorry to hear the day did not go quite as planned.
    Your photographs were just lovely to see though.

    Enjoy the new week.

    All the best Jan

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    June 26, 2017 at 18:31

  9. I love what you did with the clouds in that first shot; love that last shot. Cheers

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    June 26, 2017 at 18:32

  10. There have been many times in life I have missed the dance, as they say. LOL! But life is still good. 🙂

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    June 26, 2017 at 18:45

  11. Wish you were earlier to capture more colorful shots of the festival ! Beautiful post

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    June 26, 2017 at 18:56

  12. Absolutely fabulous!!! Those sky formations are stunning! Always love each and every photo. Thank you so much for sharing them.

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    June 26, 2017 at 18:58

  13. Hello, the Maypole and flowers are pretty. Sorry you missed the festival and music, sounds like a fun Midsummer celebration. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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    June 26, 2017 at 18:59

  14. Wonderful sky, and lovely Midsummer …(in the last photo). I don’t know what it is in english. But it is typical in Sweden. I like your photos.

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    June 26, 2017 at 19:44

  15. Great party and fantastic photos.
    Greetings.

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    June 26, 2017 at 19:48

  16. jMo

    I agree you’ve just got to roll with it and cool, moody shots nonetheless.

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    June 26, 2017 at 20:32

  17. Anonymous

    Oh that’s too bad, but thanks for sharing the photos anyway, we can imagine!

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    June 26, 2017 at 21:15

  18. Christine

    That’s too bad, but thanks for sharing the photos, we can use our imagination!

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    June 26, 2017 at 21:17

  19. The clouds look like they are swimming around the maypole. I think I see an “arm” or two – ha!

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    June 26, 2017 at 21:31

  20. Stunning photos, and love the colors. Greetings!

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    June 26, 2017 at 21:35

  21. Bill Dodd

    The colors were just as bright, the clouds just as dramatic– It’s good that you can “roll”.

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    June 26, 2017 at 21:54

  22. Late to the party you might have been – but I am so grateful for the beauty you caught and shared.

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    June 26, 2017 at 21:57

  23. As always – spectacular

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    June 26, 2017 at 23:34

  24. I love the Swedish midsummer. 🙂

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    June 27, 2017 at 00:21

  25. Ron

    “But it’s how you roll with life that counts.”

    AWESOME lesson you teach, Fiona! And you’re absolutely right about that.

    Gorgeous images, my friend. The sky in that first shot is BEYOND stunning!

    *applause and cheers*

    Have a fabulous week!

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    June 27, 2017 at 01:53

  26. Al

    Very nice, even if you missed the main event. Sometimes I wish that midsummer (or May Day) was celebrated here in the States.

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    June 27, 2017 at 02:00

  27. The beauty was still there even without the music. Thanks for sharing.

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    June 27, 2017 at 03:36

  28. Sorry you were not able to participate in all of the event. I am thankful for what you did get to see and share with us.

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    June 27, 2017 at 03:37

  29. It’s sad you missed the May Pole dance/celebration but you still captured the beauty of the day in your photos!

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    June 27, 2017 at 05:25

  30. very nice shots of the place. The maypole is decorated beautifully.

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    June 27, 2017 at 06:25

  31. Great shots.

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    June 27, 2017 at 06:52

  32. Marvelous photos!

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    June 27, 2017 at 07:59

  33. johedges13

    Although you didn’t celebrate, Fiona, you’ve spoiled us with the most beautiful prose and photos. The maypole against the sky is spectacular! I scrolled up and down checking it out several times. Thanks for sharing. Greetings Jo

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    June 27, 2017 at 08:21

  34. Beautiful and unique photos despite missing the main event.

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    June 27, 2017 at 08:23

  35. And it seems there was still plenty that was lovely to see!

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    June 27, 2017 at 10:30

  36. The pictures complement your words!

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    June 27, 2017 at 13:12

  37. Dancing around the Maypole is different there, no ribbons like the ones in the UK

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    June 27, 2017 at 13:20

  38. The 1st pic is a stunner!

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    June 27, 2017 at 13:25

  39. …And I love how you roll w/ life, my dear Lady Fi. xx

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    June 27, 2017 at 15:35

  40. Lovely photos and season! We do not have maypole in Norway. We use to make bone fire on the shore, but not all of us. It was rainy out that night here, so we just went out to eat a meal.

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    June 27, 2017 at 17:41

  41. God sommer videre !

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    June 27, 2017 at 19:19

  42. Absolutely love photography of a festive tradition ~ ^_^

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog ~ ^_^

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    June 27, 2017 at 20:02

  43. Beautiful customs, and beautiful photos, Fi.

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    June 27, 2017 at 23:23

  44. Ah, well, better hopes for next year. A lot of detail goes into those wheels of flowers!

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    June 28, 2017 at 02:47

  45. Well, things didn’t go as planned but like you said, you have to make the most of every moment.

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    June 28, 2017 at 04:10

  46. I like the way you roll with life_ seeking and relishing the beauty all around. Thank you.

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    June 28, 2017 at 07:21

  47. Late, but all was not lost. Great captures of this special day in your summer.

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    June 28, 2017 at 07:50

  48. Timeless beauty!

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    June 28, 2017 at 12:11

  49. That cloudy sky is simply marvellous… I love reading your words…

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    June 28, 2017 at 13:56

  50. Beautiful photo’s Ladyfi!!
    Greetings Anna 🤗

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    June 28, 2017 at 22:49

  51. Awesome pics.
    Greetings from India

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    June 29, 2017 at 04:16

  52. Amy

    Sorry you got there a bit late but what can you do, right? hopefully you can make it up by going early next time.

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    June 29, 2017 at 11:16

  53. midsummer must be a beautiful festivity… the first photo’s amazing!

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    June 29, 2017 at 16:02

  54. You may have missed the ceremony but you certainly took in the beauty of this place. Lovely photos!

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    June 29, 2017 at 18:49

  55. Such a beautiful Maypole!

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    June 29, 2017 at 19:46

  56. I like that you were drawn to the music. Lovely pics!

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    June 30, 2017 at 18:22

  57. Plan B netted you some lovely pictures! I’d love to see that hand-decorated Maypole.

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    June 30, 2017 at 21:15

  58. Oops — guess my Plan B was to post my comment under a false name — that was me abov e.

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    June 30, 2017 at 21:16

  59. And the photos still look magical! We will soon celebrate one here as well..

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    July 2, 2017 at 13:33

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