Life: Summer Solstice and the Fog

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Fog Lifting

Mid-day Fog -Almost Gone

Summer Solstice

It was June 21st a couple of days ago, back in the fog of time frittered away, it was  the longest day of the year. Summer solstice, the stuff of legends. Let's play Stonehenge.  Painted faces.  Outdoor parties to sun-up at lakeside all night, everywhere.  Celebrations. Other stuff. In Northwestern Ontario, the longest day of the year doesn't end until the next day.  We have the world's sweetest, fresh evening air to boot, and dark doesn't settle in until 11:00pm or later. Who's watching the clock anyway?  Nobody around the campfires, as sparks blink out on the way up to the universal sky,  that's for sure. No wonder we like camping better. Even in the fog. A few hours and a handful of revelations  later, it's June 22nd, and with the headaches from the celebrations, we suspect  victims didn't  need to  can't see much anyway. Who needs to see anything on Saturday morning? Why would anyone want to see grass needing to be cut? Good thing. it was foggy. Genuine, stick-in-your-eye fog. Caution warranted.  Good old London variety, perhaps. No speeding recklessly across the lawn allowed.

The Fog

In the late morning the fog was stuck  to the grass;  so thick we could have carved it up and stirred it into that life-saving black morning coffee. Muffling all noise,  the eerie silence of fog surrounded, closed in, and made it totally unnecessary to be anywhere. Good thing again. Have you ever noticed fog does that? Brain fog does that too,  I forgot to post this on June 22nd.  I have all kinds of excuses. Busy.  Gardening. Weeding.  Broken lawnmower.  Broken tower. Belt slippage. Out of gas. The human variety of energy waning fast.  I had to fix stuff, being a dedicated self-sufficient DIY'er.  I got distracted.  Great excuses, and everything else was conveniently out of sight-- where the deer prance about in the ever-longer grass, hidden by that stick-in-your-eye fog. No matter. Here we are, smiling happily. Better late than never. Now it's smoking hot out there instead.  Much better.    Is that Incoming I hear? + Photo by authorFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

About Raymond Alexander Kukkee

A published author and freelance writing professional, Raymond lives and writes in Northwestern Ontario.
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9 Responses to Life: Summer Solstice and the Fog

  1. Well, I have yet to post my blog about the super moon. Our summer solstice was rainy. I remember because I keep a log for gardening purposes, almost an inch of rain.

    • Alexandra, all we got was fog. Thick stuff, virtually no rain. That figures doesn’t it, just when the garden needs it? “:) We keep a log of rain annually, we’re WAY down from previous years.

      • We’ve set records with the rain. Last year they had severe drought here, go figure. Of course I lived somewhere else then.

      • you must live in my neck of the woods, one drought–one drown..and all the green thumbs are multiplying like crazy..drop a fingernail and a whole hand grows..and humidity clings to clothes, air thick as syrup.. midwest at best..thankful for my greens and soups and salads, potulaca, pigweed, epazote, chicory, so much to savor, and some tomatoes ready, onions and garlic too, freezing some and canning few..lawn? that stuff is mostly edible dandelion and plantain, mmm!

  2. Hi Nadine, we sure get the weather, don’t we? One drown and one drought is correct. The air is thick with lilac, pollen, plum, apple, pear, cherry blossoms. The garden is late this year by about 2 weeks–but coming along nicely! Yes, there are many good wild plants to eat while we wait. Variegated Ground Elder is also good!
    I hope your writing is progressing, my friend! “:))

  3. Christy B says:

    The fog looks so haunting, I always think when I see it. I like the way you describe the air where you live and the length of the day. Wonderful visuals as I look out on the cloudy day here in Victoria.

  4. Red Dwyer says:

    Oh my! I have some of that which lumbers in and just hangs. Fortunately, it slides down the side of the mountain into the valley, where I can drive through it going to other destinations.

    Not sure the hot is a good alternative. I have an aversion to sweat, as it were. 😛

  5. It gets so thick here upon occasion you cannot see past the hood of your car. It’s really quite beautiful unless you’re driving, and I prefer it to excessive heat anytime “:)

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