Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice

 It is here!   Finally!   The first day of summer, the longest day of the year.   Thousands will make their pilgrimage to Wiltshire, England to celebrate among the Stonehenge ruins which were constructed around 2600 BC, though no one knows exactly how they achieved such a construction.  To think that the site was dug using picks made of antlers is mind boggling.  If you are intrigued, I suggest you research it on the internet, the facts and myths are fascinating.
So to all who have waited for Summer, it has arrived.   Celebrate and embrace it.   Be an observer of nature, not just in this season, but in all seasons.   For now, be on the look out for fireflies, fat bumble bees, hummingbirds and butterflies of all colors.   It isn't too late to add flowers to your surroundings be it a garden, a porch or deck, even a balcony if you're an apartment or townhouse dweller.   The insects and hummingbirds will be ever so grateful and the garden centers are still bursting with beautiful plants to pick from due to the cool spring we had.   So, support your local nurseries and greenhouses and drop by this week, give yourself a gift to celebrate this glorious season.   I leave you with a quote from Frank Lloyd Wright, a master at observing nature and creating dwellings that enhanced their natural surroundings.

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you".

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