Thursday, June 21, 2007 Solstice
"Thousands of modern-day druids, pagans and partygoers converged on Stonehenge early Thursday to cheer the dawn of the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere the summer solstice." You can read all about that here if you wish. Were you in Paris there was music everywhere, with the Fκte de la Musique, held each year on the summer solstice. Our Man in Paris, Ric Erickson, covered last year's here, and it is always is fun. In 1997 the Brazilian music up at Place des Abbesses was quite fine, but three years later, down on Rue St Benoit, around the corner from the Cafι de Flore, the trash rock band in the street at three in the morning was a tad irritating. But then, in Western Europe and the UK, the advent of actual summer is a big deal. One must do something, after all.
Here? It's kind of always summer here. As they say, we don't have weather out here, we have nuance. But as for the day of special astronomical note, here's Venice Beach and Malibu, at noon on the summer solstice the sun directly overhead, the shadows minimal, and the summer now here.
Venice Beach at noon on the summer solstice, 2007 for the tourists