In under three hours (at 5:44 PM EDT) on this day of June 20, 2020, the the summer solstice
will occur in the Northern Hemisphere. The summer solstice, also known as the June solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky. This event marks the start of summer in the northern half of the globe. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the opposite: the June solstice marks the start of winter, when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky.)
This date marks the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere
, "occurring when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit where the North Pole is at its maximum tilt (about 23.5 degrees) toward the Sun, resulting in the longest day and shortest night of the calendar year. (By longest “day,” we mean the longest period of sunlight.) At the June solstice, the Northern Hemisphere receives sunlight at the most direct angle of the year."
It certainly is a hot last day of spring and a blue jay
came to my garden
to beat the heat in my "outdoor pool" as seen in the image atop this entry.
He/she spent hours enjoying him/herself, as evidenced in the next sequence of photographs.
I'm so grateful to provide refreshment for this creature who happens to be one of the bird
types in my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak
And to reiterate what I've been saying here on Blogger, "During this time where many people have been confined to their homes due to lockdown restrictions (re the coronavirus pandemic), these books (whose stories are set in my garden) are great to have around as a reminder that there is still so much beauty in our fallen world."
It's also good to note that these books make for a great gift to anyone who is a dad
, and with Father's Day
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