The first day of summer is just another blip on the calender, like the religious holidays, these events go by hardly unnoticed, unless the stores are heavily marketing them. Fortunately the marketers haven’t commercialized this summer Solstice event, and for the most part they have kept quiet for this astrological significance.
I built a makeshift Sundial so I could watch the Sun reach its apex in the sky which would mark the longest daylight period of the year, when it reaches the highest point, but the cloud cover was so bad that I gave up on it and took it inside. I wanted to capture the shadow with my camera but the threat of rain and overcast sky conditions kept me inside for most of the morning when it took place. So what can you do? Weather is so unpredictable…
I have a neighbour who really took a interest in my Sundial. She asked what I was building, and I told her. She wanted me to get her when the sun reached the highest point so she could see it for herself. Of course that never happened because of the weather. So, it is interesting that some people do take a notice in these things, and that they seem to have a special interest with “old school technology” like my sundial. Perhaps in her own particular way she was celebrating the longest day of the year too?
The only down side to the summer Solstice is that from now on the days start to get shorter until the winter Solstice. However, I being the “back yard” astronomer that I am, I do know that there is this thing called the seasonal lag, which is when the Sun regulates daylight and the changing temperatures of the seasons, so there is always a lag from after the Sun changes from its Northern track then back down to its Southern track, or lowest point in the sky. The time it takes for each hemisphere to warm up, or cool down, is usually about three months. Therefore, the days maybe getting shorter, but the average temperature overall will increase for the next few months.
There are still some good days ahead for Sun worshipping—don’t worry.