So, the day of the year with the most daylight has arrived – the opposite of what happens in December every year – which also gets me inordinately excited.
Today’s Solstice is particularly interesting for me, as it also features a full moon – the first time a full moon has coincided with the Summer Solstice since the year I was born (1948).
And it looks like I might even get to see the dang thing – the full moon – this time. A few years ago, suddently realizing how relatively few full moons remain for me to gaze at, I resolved to look at each one as it rolls around, but have been frequently thwarted in this resolve by the presence of clouds on full-moon nights!
The older I’ve gotten, the less significant my birthdays have become, and the more interested I’ve become in noticing the changing of the seasons marked by the equinoxes and solstices. (For that matter, a bit less interested in cultural phenomena and a bit more interested in natural ones – including the events happening in my tiny garden.)
My interest in full moons, however, goes back more than a few years. The former kid enthralled by his forays into amateur astronomy still lives alive inside me. Thanks, Dad, on this day after Father’s Day, for that telescope you put under the Christmas tree for me whatever year you did that.
Anyway, I am hoping for a cloudless sky in Atlanta tonight, and that my Fellow Earthlings will enjoy this year’s Longest Day.