Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Welcome to Summer 2011

Today is the summer solstice,in the Northern Hemisphere, and officially the first day of summer. Our changing seasons are the result of the tilt of the planet which fluctuates between 22.1 to 24.5 degrees. The summer solstice is the date when the Northern Hemisphere is the closest distance to the sun. This is also the day with the most daylight of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Things are just opposite in the Southern Hemisphere where they have the winter solstice and the least amount of daylight in the year.

It may officially be summer but it does not seem a lot like summer here. The temperatures have been below average so far this June, although we had our first 100 plus day in the past five years earlier this month. We have are a bit above average in the rainfall department but we have had many days that have been cloudy and gray, making it difficult to take picture like the ones of the Canada goose family above. I took these photos in June 2010 at the Bass Ponds. The weather was quite a bit more cooperative in 2010 then it has been so far this year.


Leora said...

A nice family! The family that swims together stays together? ;-)

2sweetnsaxy said...

Awwww... look at the babies. Very nice. I've seen baby ducks but I don't think I've seen baby geese. Cute!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

What a sweet photo... and good parents!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

How lucky you were to get the whole family together for a portrait!


It doesn’t take an ocean
Or a mighty sea,
A simple little raindrop
Is enough for me!

I also like the jewels
Scattered in the grass
After summer thunderstorms
Soak the earth and pass.

There’s also perspiration
Clinging to a nose—
A sign of honest labor,
Or so I suppose!

Wonderful, most wonderful,
Are the seven seas,
But give me downy snowflakes
Clinging to the trees!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Papaoneone Beach

Kay L. Davies said...

So these little fluff-balls are all grown up now? They look so tiny here. We see lots of geese fly overhead but seldom go down to the river where we might see goslings.
It is +24C here (75F) which, to me, is a nice outdoor temperature, but it should be a lot hotter for this area. We had a long, snowy winter, and a long, rainy spring, so there's no telling what summer will bring.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Míriam Luiza said...

Oi! Seu post está certinho! Aqui começa o inverno, mas o sol continua quente durante o dia, e as noites são mais fresquinhas. Mas as temperaturas estão acima da média para o inverno aqui no Brasil, pelo menos na região que moro. Mais ao sul está mais frio. Estes gansos nadando com seus filhotes trazem um ar de verão. Linda foto!

Unknown said...

It looks like they are being very good parents. The last photo is brilliant. Dave at photoviews